Last night was completely unexpected and beyond what few words I could scramble together on stage!
I was so delighted to win the 2016 Saskatchewan Tourism Award of Excellence for Travel Media. It feels like a dream, especially considering the talented and inspiring writers I was nominated alongside.
This award is for every single one of YOU who has ever read and then liked, shared, or commented on any of my posts and blogs – supporting and encouraging me to do what I love most.
I say it everywhere I adventure to: Saskatchewan – as a province – can compete on the world stage in terms of adventure, festivals, food and most importantly, people. And I love to be able to share that with everyone I meet along my travels and through my blog.
So thank you all for loving to read about Saskatchewan as much as I love writing about it. I honestly could not have done it without all of your support! Thank you!!
For the official Tourism Saskatchewan press release and a full list of winners from the evening, please click here.
For an official press release, please click here.
I must admit, I am incredibly excited and so honoured to have been nominated and selected as a top three finalist for the 2016 Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence in the category of Travel Media!
As a child, I consumed books and magazines because they transported me to other worlds I wasn’t able to get to myself. Which is one of the reasons why I started my travel blog – to share real-world stories of my adventures with others who love to travel and escape as much as I do. I am particularly fond of when those stories happen here at home in Saskatchewan. Which is why the eight pieces in my Saskatchewan Travel Collection were written and compiled out of my passion for the things in life that make me happiest: adventure, the outdoors, photography and most importantly, Saskatchewan!
My passion for the pursuit of “backyard” adventure is seen through my three pieces on skydiving, white water canoeing and a behind-the-scenes look at Chris Attrell’s eerie, abandoned building photography.
As a visual advocate, I created three photo essays to inspire exploration. I collected some of my most awe-inspiring moments while chasing the northern lights as well as 25 images that speak to Saskatchewan’s diverse geological regions. Recognizing the wealth of talent within the province’s creative community, I also instituted a collection of 30 northern lights images from Saskatchewan’s top photographers.
I also tried to capture the quintessential nature of Saskatchewan culture through a bit of humour, looking at Saskatchewan’s distinct dialect as well as some of the reasons you might want to date a girl from Saskatchewan.
The collection of blog pieces has been well received and even gone a bit viral – having reached an audience of more than 110,000 people in over 140 countries. It has been more than I could have ever dreamed to have so many people interested in reading what I’ve created about Saskatchewan.
A big congratulations to my fellow nominees, Robin and Arlene Karpan and Jenn Smith Nelson. They are three Saskatchewan writers I admire deeply. They have inspired me while I grow with my own writing process.
Most importantly, I couldn’t have done it without all of your enthusiasm every time I post up a new blog piece – so THANK YOU for always supporting my adventures and being willing to read and share them!