(April 23, 2009)

I’ve been keeping a secret because I don’t quite know how to talk about it. It’s hard to talk about without sounding like I’m tooting my own horn.

Several weeks ago someone nominated me for the Canadian Living “Me to We” awards. It was because of my Living Room work, the church sponsored support ministry for people with mood disorders. There are now eight groups in Canada with interest being shown elsewhere.

I’m excited about this because it could mean a lot to Living Room. The winner of the award will receive $5000 for his/her favourite charity (Living Room, of course) and an article in Canadian Living Magazine. This would very much help more people get to know about it, perhaps encouraging more groups and encouraging churches to better support people with mental illness. It would help de-stigmatize mental illness. This is what the main purpose of my life has been for so long. This is what I live for.

Finalists will be announced tomorrow – April 24th – and voting will then start. If I’m a finalist, will you vote for me (and for Living Room)?

Of course, I might not end up a finalist at all. Yet it was an honour to be nominated.