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Award-winning author wins Pat Asch Fellowship award

Gigi Amateau (Source: YWCA) Gigi Amateau (Source: YWCA)

Gigi Amateau, an award-winning author and former community impact officer at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, received the 2017 Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice award on Friday at the Outstanding Women Awards. 

The Pat Asch Fellowship is awarded annually to a woman age "50 or better" to advance social justice in Richmond by the YWCA Richmond.

Amateau, who has worked in health and human services in the Richmond region for 30 years, "will receive $17,500 for education and personal development to strengthen her service to Richmond’s aging population and individuals working in long-term care," the YWCA said in a press release.

Amateau has worked as a co-developer of the start-up phase of Homeward and as director of Product Development for SeniorNavigator. She is also studying for her Master of Science in Gerontology at VCU. She will use her fellowship year to learn more about mental health first aid, expressive writing, and trauma informed yoga.

"Both older adults and the workforce of primarily women who provide direct care are often overlooked sources of creativity, strength, and wisdom," Amateau said. "This Fellowship will allow me to better serve women in the long-term care workforce and the older adults whom they support."

The fellowship is named after the late Patricia “Pat” Morris Asch, former executive director of both YWCA Richmond and the Jackson Foundation, who fund the award.

"Gigi has dedicated her work-life to improving the Richmond region by advocating for the underrepresented and providing thoughtful leadership to the nonprofit sector,” Jill McCormick, executive director of the Jackson Foundation, said. "The Fellowship will give Gigi the resources and time to extend her knowledge to benefit our growing elderly population and majority female long-term care workforce, two issues about which Pat cared deeply."

Friday's Outstanding Women Awards were emceed by NBC12's Sabrina Squire and was held at the Richmond Convention Center.

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