On Wednesday February the 20th I attended the 2nd annual SoMAD awards and I was so glad I did! Usually I don't take my kids very many places on weeknights but this was special. I must say though that I wish that a 14 year old boy could act slightly more enthusiastic! Despite his initial reaction I think he ended up having an okay time. I know I did! It was such a great night. The president of the college and Greg Murphy and Charlotte Hale, the dean and associate dean were both there. Co-ordinators Al Fournier and Mark Johnson from photography and video where there as well as teachers Brian Stephens, Sean McQuay and Herb Klassen were also there.
I had known that I had gotten 2nd place in the people's choice awards where people vote on Facebook by "liking the photo" with 368 votes which I was actually proud of. It's no small feat to live in a world where a younger generation often thinks they have the advantage on the internet and manage to get just 18 votes less than the first place at my age! It's a little nice to know that I can hold my own with social media especially after a few years of some insecurities imposed upon me but hey... I'm here!
Knowing I'd placed 2nd in the people's choice category gave me a bit of hope and honestly just that little boost of confidence I needed to take on going to the awards with my kids and see if I'd win being judge by a panel of professionals. Hearing Al Fournier say my name as the 2nd place winner by professionals in the industry was such a nice feeling. Walking up to accept was another nice feeling. Watching my friends also win awards was fantastic! Congratulations go to Lisa Hughes and Erin Barclay for winning 1st and 3rd in the video category, Erin winning first place for the people's choice in that category. A huge congratulations to Mallory Horner who won 1st place for her photo.
Below is the event and my interview with DC News at 11 minutes and 20 seconds into the video where you can see Shelly Kowalski (the president of SoMAD) talk about the awards night and then I talk about my photo and accept my award. Kinda cool!