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Arts Awards Waterloo Region


Tonight was the 26th Annual Arts Awards Waterloo Region. I found out in February that I had been nominated for the Amy Hallman Snyder Textile, Fibre and Quilting Arts Award – quite the honour! Last month I attended the nominees reception where I received a certificate of nomination and a chance to meet the other nominees. And then it was the moment to find out the results.

I’m thrilled that my parents were in town to attend with me and that Jen, the model in many of my designs, was able to attend as well. There was great entertainment and tastings from several local restaurants and then it was time for the award show. My category was announced shortly after intermission and then I heard my name called – I won!

Slide announcing my win

Being on stage is a bit of a blur. I hadn’t prepared comments for winning so I thanked the Arts Award Committee and Kristen H. who nominated me. And of course, I thanked the fibre community who have been so supportive.

Accepting the Arts Award Waterloo Region for Textile Fibre and Quilting

After the presentation I was led off stage to have my photo taken with the presenting sponsor Marion Martin, founder of the Amy Hallman Snyder Award Fund (in honour of her mother).

Janelle and award presenter Marion Martin

And then of course, I needed a picture with my parents!

Janelle with her parents

A great night! Congratulations to all the other nominees and winners.

Help Build a Bikeshare – Support 15 Days for BikeShare


Community Access Bikeshare ad

Do you live in Waterloo Region? Are you a supporter of cycling? Believe in Bikeshares? Community Access Bikeshare is holding a crowd-raising campaign to JUMPSTART their program. From May 1-15, show your support by tweeting, sharing and helping to raise awareness about the program. Volunteer, buy a membership or simply donate. On a related subject, we recommend to read here the latest blog post about the most secure bike locks.

What is crowd-raising?

You’ve likely heard the word “crowdfunding”, where large amounts of people contribute small amounts of money to help move a project forward.

Crowd-raising describes a broader concept of how the community can contribute to an emerging project. Together, we are aiming to:

* Raise volunteer support
* Raise new bikeshare members
* Raise awareness about bikesharing
* Raise funds for the project!

Annual cost of owning a car: $10, 452. Cost of annual CAB membership: $40. Save money, save time, save the environment. Find out more here.

Every Colour of Awesomeness!


And he’s wearing a Dr. Who scarf…what’s not to love?

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