Last night I was honoured to receive an award for Community Support at the Fabulous Women over 40 awards ceremony at the beautiful Grand Victorian Convention Centre in Mississauga.
I was one of 40 women in the GTA being recognized for their accomplishments and contributions.
All guests received a program for the evening profiling each of the 40 women receiving awards. When I opened the program the first thing I saw was a special greeting from our Prime Minister. His words moved me, especially these, “It is fitting that the gala is being held in celebration of International Women’s Day. Women are powerful agents of change and their leadership has helped to create a better, more equal world.” Thank you Justin Trudeau, a better, more equal world is what everyone in the room last night works so hard for.
My Mom accompanied me to the celebration last night. I had to have my biggest fan by my side.
My dear friend Lucy Santoro nominated me for this award and she also received an award for Health and Wellness. Lucy, a breast cancer survivor has been active in her own healing and in turn has done tremendous work to help others to heal through their trauma.
As you know I love what I do. I love creating jewelry and I especially love how it makes women feel. I remember when I started my business I thought, “Cool, I can make something, sell it and make extra money” That’s honestly as deep as it was for me back then. I will never forget my first craft show, placing one of my necklaces on a customer’s neck and her whole face lighting up! That’s when I knew that my julz were about more than just a fashion statement. They could be used to transform people’s lives.
The Community Support Award I received last night was for the money I’ve raised over the years through our Three Little Wishes fund, the support I give to Halton Food for Thought, Dress for Success, The Juravinski Cancer Centre and the Ladybird Animal Sanctuary. All of the money raised for these causes, which totals over $35,000, is through the sales of Limited Edition glamjulz pieces.
So, if you don’t mind, I need to digress for a moment! As a kid I always wanted to help everyone. I was a shy one, believe it or not, and my self-confidence was challenged constantly. I had trouble sticking up for myself, but when it came to standing up for the underdog I always found my power! Kids that were smaller than me, had a different skin colour, an accent, wore glasses, couldn’t afford nice clothes, those were my people and they were AWESOME! Looking back I guess I kinda was a mini Wonder Woman. Standing up for my friends was how I rolled.
Today I have many brave women coming to me with their own stories. Some are about pain and suffering, some are about empowerment, some are about community and some women just want to give back to a cause they believe in. I am now working with women to assist them in creating their own unique commemorative glamjulz pieces so that they can add some sparkle to other people’s lives.
(Click HERE and then scroll down the page to read about the clients I have worked with.)
It is our responsibility to help our communities thrive, to show each other support and to share our wonderful stories. Generations to come will learn from us and the world will become more equal.
The award I received last night wasn’t just for me. It was for all of you who support me. Without you I could never be an agent of change. Thank you for making it all happen.