I knew it was risky to read the email while I was in the shop.
Anyone could come in at any time and see me crying my eyes out, but I couldn’t resist.
Last Fall, a call for submissions went out for the Nova Vita International Women’s Day celebration, asking folks in our community to nominate a Woman of Excellence.
The intent was to honour special women in our community for their accomplishments and contributions to society and the lives of others, while at the same time, raising the profile of one of our community’s most necessary organizations – Nova Vita.
I can remember the day I shared the event on Netty’s facebook page, and without even thinking too hard realized there are a lot of women I knew who should receive a nomination.
What I didn’t expect was that I would spring to someone else’s mind.
Back in December I got a call from Ashley at Nova Vita saying that I had been nominated as one of the 15 finalists.
You could have knocked me over with a feather.
Since then, I’ve looked at the tickets on my desk, and felt a range of emotions.
One of these feelings was denial.
There was a large part of me that wasn’t allowing myself to accept that I deserved this tremendous honour.
Yes, I take my role as a small business owner in my community very seriously. I try to get involved with as many things as possible, and genuinely enjoy giving my time to organizations and causes that I care about.
But how am I any different than all these other amazing women I’ve met since I’ve moved back to Brantford?
Well, I’m not.
And that’s the point.
This day is about celebrating women. All women. And I don’t know an organization in this community who supports and honours women more than Nova Vita.
This could be given to so many different women I grown to know and love, but it goes to 15 each year so that we can come together and celebrate as a community.
It was a nomination letter from Marc Laferriere that I read in my shop that day.
It turns out my nomination was prompted by someone who is very dear to me and for whom I have tremendous respect. She took the time to reach out to others on my behalf. Laura Bean-Hill, you are so dear to me and that you did this, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to express how touched I am.
For those of you who I know nominated me, and for those of you I don’t, a great, big thank you.
You’ve shown me the power of acknowledgement, the joy of celebration, and instilled in me the determination to pay it forward.
To all the nominated ladies, and for all of you whose time will come, today I’ll be reflecting on all the amazing women I’ve met who’ve inspired me to dig deeper and create something good.
Happy celebration friends. And thank you Paul from Photohouse Studios for capturing these wondering memories