It took till today to receive a couple of images that I could post. As it happens so often during an exciting moment, the camera is nowhere near or one relies on everyone else… and then the images don’t turn out as expected. All is well: I just returned home and thanks to my friend Brenda Halstead (who was kind enough to share her images) I have a couple of visuals to post about the very emotional and touching moments from June 10th.
First things first: Thank you to all who have taken the time to compose letters of support and forward these to the nomination team. I understand that several groups across Canada initiated various nominations independently from one another and ultimately joined forces. Brenda Halstead and Jaynie Himsl represented all who supported this endeavors. I am truly touched and so very grateful to everyone for this overwhelming vote of confidence.
Jackie White shared some very meaningful and emotionally moving words during the introduction which caused a frantic search for tissues in my purse. Brenda and Jaynie followed with brief statements reflecting their personal reasons for initiating the nominations. It was tough for me to stay composed – I was very touched. Once I reached the podium and opened my iPad with my speech I was much better. I even managed to crack a little joke.
Thank you each and everyone! I know that letters came from coast to coast, south to north. I am so very grateful for your unwavering support. Watch for my acceptance speech in the fall edition of the Canadian Quilter Magazine.
I am home after two weeks in Ontario. My classes went well and I have some great images to share in upcoming blog posts. My luggage is unpacked and I can now move forward with preparations for the Annual Open Studio event at the end of the month where the focus is on 20 design students who braved the last cold winter to attend classes at my studio. I can’t wait to see what will be delivered. Stay tuned for more information during the next week.