It's always great to be nominated. But now I can say it's phenomenal when you win. And GOLD to boot!
This year, YMC was nominated for a COPA Award (Canadian Online Publishers Awards) in the Best Blog or Column category. As described by COPA, this award is "awarded to the blog or column deemed to best serve its intended audience through commentary, opinion, reportage, photography, illustration, video and interactive features." This year it was YMC!
In our submisssion we featured a few fantastic, very different posts. The Journey of Motherhood in GIF form, by our amazing Dr. Kim Foster, is one we can all relate to in some way. Christella Morris wrote the The Gift of Not Giving a Thing, which broke the internet last Christmas. And then there was this powerful post written by our parenting expert Andrea Nair about Lisa Gibson, the Winnipeg woman who tragically took her own life after drowning her children. Andrea's post was heart-wrenching and provocative, delving into the realities of post-partum psychosis. We chose to submit these posts to the COPA Awards not just because they resonated with so many who read them, but because they exemplify the important and difficult topics relating to motherhood which we continue to write about at YMC.
When we heard our name announced as the Gold winner of Best Blog or Column, it was symbolic that a whole group of YMC'ers joined me to rush to the stage whooping loudly to accept the award together. Clearly, moms don't get out enough. There would have been more of our staff and writers up there accepting the win, but weeknight babysitters aren't always easy to come by - not to mention that YMC has writers and staff in every far reach of Canada – but they were all in Toronto in spirit for the win.
It's a moment that will be forever be ingrained in my mind's eye, standing at the podium proudly surrounded by Managing Director Jen Charron, and writers Andrea Nair, Annabel Fitzsimmons, Jen Warman, Hailey Eisen, and my mom Evelyn Hannon. Clutching our award, I thanked everyone who makes YMC come to life everyday from their home offices and kitchens across the country. It's amazing what a group of self-motivated moms and dads can accomplish together.
Thank you to everyone at the COPA Awards and Masthead who had a hand in making this a reality for us. It is a huge honour to be recognized for excellence by your peers, especially for an award as prestigious the COPA's. Here's a full list of the 2014 COPA Award winners.
I also want to thank those of you who choose to click on YMC stories day in and out. If you weren't reading our stories, there would be no reason to write. So honoured. So proud. So thankful. Woot!!