On Saturday, September 6, I was honoured to be one of 12 women awarded a Daughter of the Year Award from the Daughters Day initiative. Daughters Day is in its third year and exists to celebrate the lives and achievements of women while working towards an equitable society.

In addition to receiving the award, I also performed the Daughters Day theme some I wrote when I was part of the steering committee that planned the first Daughters Day celebration three years ago.

I also filled in on guitar at the last minute with the Inner Voice inner city choir.

I spent much of today working on a really fun project: a new website for an emerging Edmonton author named Leif Gregersen. Leif is a very talented writer of poetry, memoir, and short stories, with several books to his credit. I met Leif through my work at Boyle McCauley News, and I am so glad he asked me to create his website.

Another project I was working on for a couple of months is a booklet about the churches along 96 Street. The Churches of Edmonton’s Church Street: 96 Street between 106 and 110 Avenues launched on July 12 at the first annual Church Street Fair organized by Friends of Church Street. I was the editor, project manager, and one of the photographers. This is the second book project for McCauley Revitalization/City of Edmonton. Last year, I edited the walking tour book McCauley Then and Now: A Walk Through One of Edmonton’s First Neighbourhoods.

The owner of the blog “I Heart Edmonton” has decided to focus his attention on other projects, so I will no longer be writing reviews of Edmonton books at the site. However, I will continue to stay active in the local literary scene, writing book reviews and author interviews for other sources.

From the Ground Up, my community access television program on SHAW Cable 10, will be slowing down a bit over the summer, as there are fewer activist events to feature. However, things will probably perk up again in the fall for the start of Season Two!

It’s been really busy around here at camp Words, Pictures, Music. My first major update is that is you enjoy watching From the Ground Up on Shaw Television, it is now showing on weekday mornings at 7:30 a.m., weekend mornings at 9:30 a.m., and a Saturday evening show at 7 p.m.

Next, my work was recently nominated in two categories at The Yeggies (Edmonton New Media Awards). Boyle McCauley News, which I edit, was nominated in the category of Best in Non-Profit. Radical Citizen Media was nominated in Best In Politics or Current Affairs. Although the award went to others in both categories, it was definitely an honour to be nominated.

As a freelance communications professional I find that every once in a while I have to reinvent myself, develop new skill sets, or, at the very least, hone my existing ones.

Working on the McCauley Moments documentary project opened some doors for me in television. Shaw TV picked up the film and has been showing it on its community station this week. This has brought a new audience to my work, at least this part of my portfolio.

Television is going to be more a part of my work in the near future. Stay tuned for an announcement within the next couple of weeks.