Don’t ask what on earth inspired me to do this but here it is.
Me aged 11 and me today.
Last Sunday local photographer Ian McCausland came to NSI’s office (my workplace) to take photos of our current students. Staff were offered the chance to update their mugshot and since mine was three years old I figured I’d better get a new one.
Ian always does a fab job so I’m pretty pleased with the photos.
In a moment of madness I dug through old snaps last night to unearth a school pic from 1985.
I’m sure I’ll regret having done this but for now you get to laugh at the 11 year old me.
First off, I never thought I’d see the word ‘distinction’ anywhere in a sentence with my name. Those of you who know me well know that I have a potty mouth and like to speak my mind.
Nonetheless I received the wonderful news that I’m officially nominated for these awards which recognise women who have enriched the community and inspired people through their creativity, leadership, compassion and dedication.
I’ve been nominated in the public awareness and communications category for my work at the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) where I manage their website and other online spaces and program their online short film festival, and also for the social media marketing stuff I do.
I put off writing this post because it all seems incredibly surreal. But I do recognise its importance. I think there’s a tendency for women to question their skills and abilities sometimes where we should really be celebrating them.
So this post is one step towards saying ‘Yey me!’
Three of my beautiful colleagues are also nominated: Melissa Kajpust, Ursula Lawson and Lisa Meeches (pictured below) are nominated in the circle of inspiration category for their incredible work with and commitment to our NSI New Voices course and students which introduces Aboriginal folks to careers in film and television.
We’re all very flattered to have been nominated.
I’d like to say a very big thank you to my colleague Chris Vajcner for being the driving force behind all this. It’s a wonderful feeling to have someone believe in you so much.
The award’s gala takes place on May 1 where I get to put on a posh frock and feel all special.
I watched a video yesterday of fellow Canadian blogger Elan Morgan (above) giving a presention at TEDx Regina back in May 2012.
I had tears in my eyes during some parts of Elan’s presentation on self-doubt and the power of personal narrative. Clearly I was moved. Not only by what she had to say but also how she said it: sometimes tearing up herself on stage.
So I did what any self-respecting blogger does: I fired off an email to Elan to tell her how brilliant she is.
I’ve known Elan – who uses the moniker Schmutzie – for a few years. I first became aware of her because she runs the wonderful Canadian Weblog Awards. For the past two years I’ve been part of the CWA jury so we’ve done our fair share of emailing back and forth.
I finally got to meet Elan late last year when she came to Winnipeg for MBlog 2012 – the first blogging conference run by New Media Manitoba at which I was moderating two panels. Elan was on one of the panels and also giving her own presentation.
Sometimes I come across as this chatty, confident person and I (appeared to be) in fine form the night before the conference at a networking event. But truth be told I hung out for most of the evening with friend and blogger Erica Glasier. I don’t totally dig the networking thing. So even though Elan was there I didn’t talk to her a whole lot.
The same can be said of the next day when the conference took place. It takes all my energy and more to present or moderate a panel so I didn’t do much ‘networking’ with the other folks at the conference. Again, Elan was there but we didn’t talk much.
Fast forward a couple of months and I decided to spend some time reading through Elan’s blog.