The Subtle Magic of Recognition

Feb 28, 2013 | All Blog Posts
It was a landmark day for me as I was recognized by the Government of Canada with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.  These awards are presented to Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their communities, so being recognized for my community building and sustainability work in Strathcona is truly an honor. 

Recognition is undoubtedly a transformational experience for those that are being recognized. However, the little known magic of recognition is that is also has the ability to transform and inspire those that are looking on. Consider the onlookers - we’ve all been one at some point when we think “oh wow, how great that this person is being recognized for their efforts...I could do that too!” or maybe even “I could do better than that!”.

This is the power and magic of recognition - it indirectly shows people what is valued within a community and inspires them to pursue more of the same. Think of the millions of young children who get into sports after watching a Stanley Cup or Superbowl victory. Think of young business owners who will aspire to be the Greenest Company or Best Employer. In many ways, it’s the people who are watching who may be most affected. Who knew recognition has the power to encourage others to step it up and "pay it forward"!