How to best sum up 2009….hmmm….WOW! I look back over the list and can honestly say that this will be a very memorable year indeed. Some of the highlights:
2009 County Weekly News Reader’s Choice Entertainer of the Year
Wow – 5 times now. What did Sally Field say when she won her Academy Award? “They like me, they really like me!” Haha! In all seriousness, thank you to all who took the time to vote for me. You are all my BFFs!
2009 Women in Business Award, County Weekly News
I was honoured with this award in the company of 9 amazing women from Prince Edward County. I am pleased that the judges have once again recognized someone who works in the arts as contributing to the fabric of this community (last year Suzanne Pasternak was one of the top three). Artists in the County contribute enormously to the appeal of the area and the attraction of tourists as well as residents which, in turn, contributes to the vibrant economy.
2009 Quinte Business Achievement Award nomination
I was pleased to have been nominated in the Community Spirit category. It’s easy to be passionate about Prince Edward County!
This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada
Finally released a full CD of my Canadiana songs. This is a specialty CD geared to schools & organizations who produce Canadian special events.
Olympic Torch Relay
I was thrilled to be a part of the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration on December 15th at the Picton Fairgrounds. We had an estimated 7,000 people on the grounds plus countless others watching it livestream on Loyalist College TV. We had over 120 people in our show which included singing, dancing, carrying flags, a pipes & drum corps. I was the chair of the Music Program for the local component, bilingual co-emcee and I performed “This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada” and “Canadian Olympian/Olympien Canadien”. It was a most memorable day and as I said to the local press, this day put the unity in community because everybody was thrilled to have been a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Scout Design have sparklelized my website – hope you like it! Check out their site at scoutdesign.ca – they always do AMAZING work!!!
BPW International “Woman of the Week” (week 11)
Business & Professional Women International have been so supportive of my “Women of the World” CD. They have requested that I record the song in their 4 official languages: English, French, Spanish & Italian. I only have to get final approval on the Italian lyrics & record that version and we are set to go around the world! And faster than 80 days, too!
60 Million Girls
I was so moved and inspired by the work being done by 60milliongirls.org, that I wrote a song in support of their efforts to build schools for girls in underdeveloped countries around the world. Please visit their site and donate generously.