I just realized I posted on my website a few days PRIOR to the inaugural Women’s Collaborative Hub awards – about the joy I was getting from nominating amazing women – but I haven’t posted anything SINCE the November 9,2017 awards night.
Here is a post I wrote for Facebook:
Because I was a finalist for last night’s WCH awards, I received an e-mail telling me if I were declared a winner, I’d be given 1-2 minutes to address the crowd after receiving the award. So, just in case I was fortunate enough to be called to the stage, I spent a few minutes outlining what I’d say and who I’d thank so I wouldn’t forget anything or ramble on in an unorganized way. 😉 As it turned out, I did have the good fortune to be awarded an award last night at the inaugural awards night – an outstanding, inspiring and energizing event! I am extremely grateful. But for reasons unexplainable, I didn’t get the opportunity to address the crowd. That is totally a-okay but many of you wanted to know what I was going to say. Here it is: 🙂
Good evening everyone!
It is an incredible honour to be standing here as the recipient of the inaugural “Inspirational Wonder Woman” award.
I’d like to thank the founders of WCH – Sandy, Trish and Dana. Their vision to create a social enterprise to connect and empower women; to support and encourage women is admirable and commendable and in my opinion, needed. I’ve been an active, engaged member of the community for a long time now and I really do feel we need more of that: women supporting women. I read once that there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. I thank these fantastic women for their vision.
I am deeply appreciative to those who nominated me. It really and truly means a lot to me. Thank you. And thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate the unsung hero in your circle, in your community.
Thank you to all the judges. Undoubtedly this was a challenging task accepting and going through 132 nominations – which is outstanding! – but 132 nonetheless. Your time and eff
orts are recognized, valued and I applaud you for taking on that role.
I’m feeling a lot of pride right now. But not pride as in I’m proud of this award. The pride I’m feeling comes from a place of being grateful for being here. And I mean “big picture” here. I’m grateful to have been able to overcome obstacles and be where I am today. I’m grateful to live in the vibrant, diverse, prosperous community I live in and grateful to be able to serve this top-notch community. I’m grateful to have opportunities to work, volunteer, interact, play and get things done with so many amazing women and I’m grateful to be here in this room tonight where all that has culminated. My heart is full. I’m bursting with gratitude to be a part of something like this.
Thanks again to the founders of WCH, to all of you who contributed to and organized this wonderful event tonight and for making this happen! And sincerest of congratulations to each and every one of the nominees – you are all difference makers. Please keep doing what you’re doing.
I encourage each and every one of you to get involved with or stay involved with the WCH and to continue to be an empowered woman, who empowers women.
For more info: https://wchwomeninfluencersawards.ca/about/