Now I will admit, I was utterly floored by this. I’ve never been involved as a nominee in the WEGO Health Activist Awards before, but having not heard anything since we were first officially nominated, which was beginning of January (and which you can read more about here), I kind of just assumed we had washed out in the semifinals or something and that was that.
So when I saw this tweet — you could have knocked me over with a feather! We’re a finalist, a finalist, really, for Best Ensemble Cast!
So the flurry of re-tweets and tweets directed to, then from and between, Team Canvas (or, since it’s Twitter, #TeamCanvas) members commenced. Next came the communications through facebook, and once I triple-checked that everyone actually involved directly in the project knew by sending out emails and waiting a few days, I couldn’t stand it any longer and had to make the announcement to you, our wonderful family of readers!
I know this next part is supposed to be for if we win, but you know what. . .
This is really something else to me. To have an organization like WEGO Health come along and look at what we have accomplished here — what I still think of as this little family coming together because we know our voices will be louder when heard together, and that we will be stronger when we have each other to lean upon — but to have them, to have their judges see in each person, and all of us as a whole team one tenth of what I do, words just don’t exist for that feeling.
To me, the Best Ensemble Cast Award is so special because it recognizes what we do together, it recognizes what each of us contributes as individuals, but most importantly it recognizes us. Yes, we have created this amazing space, and I’m very proud of that. But we, each of us, contributes our selves by writing and sharing and living with mental illness 24/7. We are saying, “I got through this, you can, too. You are not alone. I’ve felt just like you have. I don’t have all of the answers, sometimes I don’t have any, but I know that having answers isn’t always the point.”
Congratulations to everyone on Team Canvas, no matter what comes next; the biggest win for all of us is just having found each other and, together, making this space the success that it is!
Check out the rest of the amazing #HAAwards Finalists – Best Ensemble Cast Award! here.
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