My adventure began in Vancouver Friday evening at Pacific Central where I went to catch my bus.
After a 13 hour bus ride next to a crying baby I arrived in Banff just after 8 am.
The first mission of the day was to find breakfast. I walked around and check out a bunch if places before finally choosing a cute little cafe that had Banana Nut Crepes on the menu.
The forecast read rain. However Banff was partially cloudy for the day so I spent the day exploring the city with my camera. Walking around and taking photos of places is my favourite past time hobby/job.
After many hours of walking around, getting lost and photographing the city I finally made it to my intended destination. The BEAC Award Ceremony at The Delta Royal Canadian Lodge.
I’ve received awards in the past, and I tried not to let this one phase me. However this was the first award ceremony at which I was asked to give a short speech after receiving the award. I wasn’t nervous until my feature began to air. The whole feature wasn’t shown they condensed it to the part of my dad and I talking about each other. As that began to air the emotion hit me hard. My tears began to build up and I was more nervous then I expected to me. When I got up to the podium to address the audience I was trying to hold my emotion and sound as professional as I could. I made the audience laugh which was important to me and before leaving the podium I ended my speech my thanking my father. I will have to wait till the podcast before finding out how silly I actually sounded. I watch people accept awards and it looks so easy, I had no idea that the process could be so emotional.
Once I had my award and said my speech I felt like a load was lifted off my shoulders and I could enjoy the ceremony. There were a few memorable moments in the ceremony including the time ‘dumb and dumber’ finally received their award. The guys pulled the look off to a tee making it an amazing thing to be a part of.
The night was full of surprises. Sitting at my table that night was Gerry Forbes a famous radio dj from all over that settled in Calgary. He was a great person to meet and the recipient of the Broadcaster of the Year award. I couldn’t help but snap some shots of him and was even asked to send them to Sun Media for Calgary’s local paper!
To end the night off I hopped on an overnight bus back to Vancouver.
Overall it was an amazing experience, and an adventure I won’t forget. Two years ago when I got the initial idea for the production I never imagined it would become a national award winner. I watched an idea transform into a script and then a final product. This is an amazing accomplishment that I was able to complete with help from Mohawk College and for the I’m grateful.
– Television Broadcasting, 2013
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This blog entry was originally posted on May 26, 2013 on Ida’s blog, Blissful Blog