Growing up, I always dreamed about making a difference.
I always thought what it would be like to be a firefighter, or a mayor, or a doctor, or a professional athlete, or the leader of a rock ‘n roll band, etc. These were the people that I looked up to.
The people that I admire the most are the kinds of people who put 100% effort into their daily work. These are the kinds of people who save lives, build communities, bring joy, and lead and inspire others. These are the people who work extremely hard to ultimately create a positive difference to the world around them.
This is the kind of person that I am trying to be.Yesterday, I was recognized as the Cultural Person of the Year at the 2013 Community Awards, held by the City of Fort St. John. This is truly an honour that I am extremely grateful for. Being presented with this award is a thrill and I am so very appreciative of the acknowledgement.
The greatest honour to me, however, is something far greater.
So far in my life, I’ve been very lucky — I’ve been able to spend my time working into projects that to me are extremely meaningful — projects that I believe in, and projects that I believe have, over time, contributed to making positive differences in the lives of people around us.
But still, the greatest honour for me, has nothing to do with any past projects, award, successes, or acknowledgements…
Most of my work is about helping others connect and supporting others with their interests, and celebrating and promoting our community.
I feel like I’m still right at the beginning of the journey, and I’ve only witnessed the tip of the iceberg of the potential difference that there is out there to be made. There is so much more work to be done.
The absolute greatest honour for me, is that I’m able to continue to do the work that I believe is making a difference.
The honour for me, is the privilege to persist, and the opportunity to keep working.
Thank you again for all of your support.