Gulp! I’m a Women of Distinction award nominee

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I’m very excited to tell you that I’ve been nominated for a Women of Distinction award.

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.

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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.

Update: I didn’t win in my category but, honestly, I never expected to. The extremely talented Melanie Verhaeghe  – a producer at CBC – took the award for her amazing work. Her stories have taken her all over the world – to Uganda to follow up on the lives of child soldiers in a civil war lasting more than 20 years. To Honduras to expose a Canadian company involved in sweatshop labour and to Bosnia to see what life was like after the war. 

My NSI colleagues did win in their category (yey!) so the night was extra jubilant and we all felt very proud. Not only of each other but of all the women nominees and winners. It was a wonderful evening.

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