Wendy St. Marie, 2015 Courage To Come Back Award Recipient – Speech, Courage Launch, January 6, 2016
I want to tell you how being nominated and going through the process has affected me and to ENCOURAGE others to nominate.
I had the very great honour of being the recipient of last year’s Courage To Come Back Award in the medical category.
When my friend told me that she would like to nominate me for this award I said sure. I didn’t think that there was a chance in the world that I would be a recipient of any award.
Having said that, I appreciated the intent. She asked permission to contact other friends, one of which was my oldest friend. We have known each other since we were four year old. In other words my history was validated.
I was so positive I wasn’t going to even be considered that I purposely did not look at the website or any information on the Awards or Coast Mental Health.
This is why I am here today. I want to tell you how being nominated and going through the process has affected me and to ENCOURAGE others to nominate.
All nominees must sign the nomination form In order for it to be submitted. Upon reading it I was immediately overwhelmed by what my friends wrote about me. Regardless if I had never heard again from Coast Mental Health, to have in writing how my friends feel about me was mind blowing and that was MORE than enough. I will hold all of those words close to me forever.
I didn’t think about the awards again until I received a call from Lorne Segal. After his introduction , Lorne spoke of the history and the value of these awards and the selection criteria. I continued to listen thinking this man does a great “Decline”. I had been in the position of delivering bad news to staff before. Then he finally Congratulated me for being the recipient in the Medical category!
From there it was a whirlwind of Press and Media, and meeting the other nominees.
This experience ranks as my most exciting and memorable. I look at my beautiful award on my mantle every day. I have gained more confidence in my abilities and I recently completed my training to be an Ambassador for the M S Society of B.C.
I am passionate about these Courage Awards.
Please take the time to nominate someone. It is a short time out of your life to take the time to nominate. There are so many worthy people in Vancouver. You can change someone’s life!