A year later - A Women of Distinction recipient reflects on the day!

05 Oct 2015
Now, a year later, I’m still reeling from the honour of being among the 2014 nominees as YWCA Muskoka Women of Distinction. Thank you to the YWCA for creating this award that acknowledges the volunteer work of women in the community.  Like me, I’m sure there are others who never expected this recognition.
I would like to thank my nominators, Cindy Watson, friend, fellow writer and art patron and Anne McTaggart, friend, fellow artist-writer and spiritual sister for believing in me. That alone was honour enough. Then the YWCA hosted the beautiful Gala Evening to celebrate our accomplishments. From posing for a group photo, through the Marche dinner, silent auction and presentation of awards, excitement and laughter filled the Sportsplex. With my significant other and close friends by my side, the entire evening raced by. The event ran like a well-rehearsed opera – with colour, music, drama and laughter. Oh, and the food – it was spectacular!

Then when Hannah Lin announced my name as recipient for Arts, Culture & Creative Energy, my stunned response was, “Me?!” Selected from among the other amazing women in this category was humbling. 
I do the things I do because it’s what I love. Throughout my life, I’ve enjoyed helping others achieve their creative goals so my involvement in these activities in Muskoka continues to be a normal part of my life.  Receiving this honour encouraged me to keep going even those days when the creative well seems to have run dry. It’s at those times I look in the mirror award we each received and say, “You just need to dig a little deeper. It’s there waiting for you.”

Thank you YWCA Muskoka for all that you do in our community to support and encourage women of all ages to never stop growing, learning and becoming all that they can be.

Wendie Donabie
2014 Recipient of YWCA Woman of Distinction, Arts, Culture & Creative Energy

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