I’ve hijacked the editor’s note for this, our 13th, spring issue because I wanted the chance to say thank you to the 37 women who graciously accepted their nominations for the sixth annual Amazing Airdrie Women Awards (AAW).
When you read their stories you will understand why they are amazing, but what you don’t know is how moved I was in meeting each and every one of them during our photo shoot. I got to hug, laugh and cry with these wonderful ladies. If you have followed our AAW stories since 2011 you will notice a first this year – we did not announce the Amazing Courage recipient in advance. This is because we were overwhelmed with nominations in this category. And each woman has an incredible story of courage to share, so we want your input. Once you’ve read the stories in all categories (Amazing Heart, Amazing Promise, Amazing Leadership, Amazing Determination and Amazing Courage) and checked out the awesome photos by Kristy Reimer please go online to airdrielife.com and cast your votes by April 1.
When you read their stories you will understand why they are amazing, but what you don’t know is how moved I was in meeting each and every one of them during our photo shoot. I got to hug, laugh and cry with these wonderful ladies.
Fifty per cent of the decision is based on your vote and the balance is based on the votes of our editorial team, past recipients and sponsors. Speaking of sponsors I have to thank our sponsors for their commitment to this program. Pharmasave, The Store Upstairs, BMO Kingsview Market, McKee Homes, Pureform Radiology and Hassett & Reid all came back yet again to support this event, which wraps up at a wonderful luncheon May 6 when we announce the 2016 recipients. It’s an empowering day for everyone. We will laugh, we will cry and we will hug copiously. This event sells out each year so be sure to get your tickets early!
Outside of the AAW, this issue is bursting at the seams with more incredible women, tackling non-traditional sports, careers and artistic dreams. This issue is all about women, but relax boys – our summer issue we turn over to you. Watch for our Men We Admire feature – always a pleasure to produce.
Before I go, I need to thank the amazing women who bring this magazine to life. Kim Williams has been our designer since day one; Anne Beaty and Vanessa Peterelli (editor and copy editor, respectively) have kept our t’s crossed and i’s dotted (and they probably rewrote this entire sentence to make it sound better). Sharie Tanner is a distribution goddess, keeping our magazine racks well stocked all over this great city. And a special shout out to our exceptional freelance team of women and men whose photographs and words bring every story to life.
I am surrounded by amazing people. I love my job.