Spirit Awards Nominee without borders: Tam

ikirimat
Posted December 21, 2020 from Uganda

I met Tamarack (Tam) Verrall on World Pulse when she made a great comment on one of my articles and we clicked. World Pulse being a platform and network of grassroots women raising their voices about issues affecting them and creating change, Tam suits this by all standards. I have shared and discussed with Tam on issues ranging from empowerment, GBV, passion, etc and found her a shoulder to lean on and draw strength from when I'm emotionally and physically drained. I have grown stronger and consistence by learning from Tam who strongly believes in the power of sisterhood and that no action is too small to make a difference. Reading her work on women-led social network for social change wows me!

Tam exhibits the contagious spirit of impartation, innovation, and excellence. In her on way of creating women networks, it has created impact far and wide. Over the years it has disrupted the status quo of women with their growing presence and changing negative perceptions about women in their own unique way. A recent letter to Global Affairs Canada/Feminist Foreign Policy calling for resources to be directed to change makers, end wars, for a global cease fire, addressing poverty, disability, violence is just one of those strong and bold voices of Tam that cant be ignored.

Her consistency and determination sets her above all. Since I met Tam on WP we have kept in touch, by following her posts, sharing emails and my knowledge in women issues has grown and enabled me create more impact in my community. Her passion about paying more attention on women with disability in GBV programming recently enabled me argue out with an organization which shifted their focus to women with disability by empowering them through training.

Tam very well understands the power of technology to accelerate impact towards gender equity. World Pulse is a virtual community and so without internet, without a computer/laptop its just feels alone. This is just my family and community. When Tam learned I was struggling to replace my laptop to stay active, she did not hesitate to offer that love. It just blew me away.

Passionate about empowering women her advocacy strengths benefitted a young woman (Samali) in Uganda see her dream of returning back to university after 3 years alive again. Tam is just selfless and full of love. This is real sisterhood.

In Tam, I found a sister, mentor, shoulder to lean on, an ambassador, a vocal voice and action mover.

Tam you are my spirit award nominee 2020 https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/tam

This story was submitted in response to World Pulse Spirit Awards.

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valem
Dec 21, 2020
Dec 21, 2020

Dear sister ikirimat
Thanks for nominating her you have said all on sister Tam nothing to add sister

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Dec 22, 2020
Dec 22, 2020

Hello, dear Ikirimat,

Thank you for sharing this lovely post about Tam and for nominating her. She was last year's World Pulse Spirit Awards winner. :)

Jill Langhus
Dec 23, 2020
Dec 23, 2020

Hi Grace,

How are you, dear? Thanks for your lovely nomination of Tam. I'm sure she'll really appreciate your kind words and nomination. Happy Holidays to you, dear! XX

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 23, 2020
Dec 23, 2020

My dear Sister,
It is in the forming of deeper connections with each other that I feel such joy, and hope, for all that collectively we are woking together here to manifest. I am deeply moved by your words. I celebrate our finding each other. These things you have mentioned are happening because of your tireless work on behalf of women and girls. This deep meaning for our lives is something we share and I am grateful our paths have crossed.
Much love, deep in sisterhood,
Tam