Nominations for the Ambassador Award

Tamarack Verrall
Posted December 23, 2019 from Canada

There are three Ambassadors who stand out for me as inspirational and as sisters I have had the tremendous pleasure to form an indelible bond with thanks to the inner network set up for us here within our World Pulse site.

My dear sister Urmila Chanam and I moved so quickly and easily into a deep friendship. I had followed her campaign as she created a map of her journeys across India meeting so many women and girls, bringing information on menstruation and their bodies, undoing the myth that we are lesser-than because we bleed, in fact that we are special and wonderful, deserving to be cherished, and knocking on doors to bring news to parents that the practise of menstrual huts needs to end. Dressed in a black jacket she has created a new tradition, leading a motorcycle brigade of up to 50 men riding together in commitment to ending stigma toward women when bleeding. It is also her commitment to farmers that has meant a lot to me, spotlighting the elderly woman who won first prize at the Tangerine Festival last year. Whether on the radio, in a government office, in a rural area, in a village square doing street theatre, Urmila continues to dream big and make change happen. What a gift to have become close friends over these past years, as close as can be, as if we have met in person, hoping to meet in person one day. Urmila has built awareness of women’s issues, now recognized by her Government, soaring higher every day, juggling the seemingly impossible, inspiring me for what is possible when a woman puts her heart and soul into creating a world that honours women.

https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/urmila-chanam

One of the first stories that touched my heart as I began to read on World Pulse was reported by Kirthi Jayakumar. Through her I learned about the Red Elephant Society and Kirthi’s efforts to encourage young people to write letters to each other across religious lines. It was perhaps the first time I explored using our private message system to say hello. Our early discussions soon turned into a cherished friendship. From our early conversations on, I have marvelled at and been inspired by the countless ways that Kirthi has reached out to create self confidence and connection among young people lucky enough to meet and learn from her in person. I have watched videos of her speaking and imagined her spellbound audiences. We have even exchanged books. When Kirthi reaches out, miles disappear, differences are celebrated, mistrust melts away, and new confident ideas form. Across such distance our own discussions have created an indelible friendship that I cherish.

https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/kirthijay

I felt Sherna Alexander’s strength and warmth immediately having been given the chance to co-lead the online group set up by our beloved World Pulse team a few years ago, to gather stories from women who have experienced gender based violence. From our first planning on Skype our collaboration was sealed for me by Sherna’s warmth, and in gratitude that World Pulse had made it possible for me to plan with such a strong and outspoken leader whose vision is to transform her whole country. We were able to meet by chance in person a few years ago and I was able to witness her extraordinary ability to raise the energy of everyone in the room to dream big and trust that we are here to do this together. Such joy to meet and celebrate the deep connection we had already formed. Sherna’s voice rings out leading us all to celebrate our collective power in knowing we are everywhere envisioning and creating together a world without violence toward women.

https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/sherna-alexander/posts/89662

 

This story was submitted in response to #SpiritAwards.

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Zohra Elias
Dec 24, 2019
Dec 24, 2019

Hello Tamarack,

Ow thank you for sharing with us about these three amazing ladies, I truly agree with you.

I’m sure that they are inspired by you dear sister, because you are a great inspiration to all of us.

You are a Pilar of this sisterhood community.

Good luck to them all .

Best regards,

Lisbeth
Dec 24, 2019
Dec 24, 2019

Yeah I also got to read about the red elephant. It's a super community led project. Congratulations to all dear sisters Kirthi, Urmila and Sherna.
Good luck to all of you.
Hugs :-)

Lisbeth
Dec 24, 2019
Dec 24, 2019

Yeah I also got to read about the red elephant. It's a super community led project. Congratulations to all dear sisters Kirthi, Urmila and Sherna.
Good luck to all of you.
Hugs :-)

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

Dear Zohra,
I am so glad you agree, and thank you so much for your truly encouraging words. Many years ago I travelled through your country, and am so glad to be connected with you here now.

Zohra Elias
Dec 29, 2019
Dec 29, 2019

Thank you dear Tamarack.

Ow great to hear that you have been to Algeria and you liked it, hope we meet one day!

Warm regards,

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 24, 2019
Dec 24, 2019

Hello, dear Tam,

I agree with you. These women truly deserve to be nominated. Thank you for participating!

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

Dear Karen,
We are all so lucky to be in touch and know each other is there, aren't we? Thanks for your ever present support.

Hello, Tam,

Yes, we are! I’m grateful for you always!

Jill Langhus
Dec 25, 2019
Dec 25, 2019

Hello Dear Tam,

How are you? Thanks so much for sharing these amazing Ambassador nominations. I can definitely see why you have chosen Urmila, Kirthi, and Sherna for this category. It's awesome, too, that you were able to meet Sherna in person:-)

Hope you're doing well, and having a great day!

XX

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

Dear Jill,
I am equally so glad to be in regular contact with you, dear sister. Thanks for adding your support to these three great Ambassadors.

Jill Langhus
Dec 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019

Hello Dearest Tam:-)

Aw:-) Thank you!

You're very welcome.

Happy New Year to you, dear, if I don't hear from you before then!!

XX

ARREY- ECHI
Dec 25, 2019
Dec 25, 2019

Dear Sis Tam,
Thank you for nominating these amazing sisters for the Ambassador award. They are truly Ambassadors par excellence for World Pulse. Hats off to them.

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

Hi dear Arrey,
We are all so lucky to be able to meet and follow what each other are doing, aren't we!

Kirthi Jayakumar
Dec 26, 2019
Dec 26, 2019

Thank you SO much, dearest Tam. I am so grateful to you for your unconditional love and unfailing support. You have made so much possible for me through your powerful encouragement and constant reassurance - thank you for always leading by example. Thank you for deeming me worthy of a nomination. I promise I will work had to be deserving of it.

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

My dear sister,
it was a pleasure to have the platform to shine a light on you and your wonderful work. It is a gift to be able to stay in touch with you here, and to have ongoing news of what you are up to.

Anita Shrestha
Dec 26, 2019
Dec 26, 2019

good

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

Dar Anita,
I love that you are here so dependably sending your messages of encouragement.

Urmila Chanam
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

Dearest Tamarack,
I can never forget when The Best Orange Grower prize in Tamenglong Orange Festival in Manipur, India last year went to a woman farmer and you sent a poem to celebrate her. I sent the poem to the head official of the district and the lady farmer was jubiliant to get a poem from a woman farmer in Canada( you!). Thank you my sister for walking with me all through these years. Our sisterhood is my safety net.
Love always,
Urmila Chanam

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

My dear sister,
Thanks to World Pulse we have now met and sealed this special and powerful friendship. I love this particular story about the Orange Festival as it shows how lives can become interconnected when World Pulse sisters like you head into such varied places, and inspire connections like this. I look forward to what we cook up together in future.

Andra Marasteanu
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

Thank you, dear Tamarack, for nominating these amazing women. I am happy to learn about their superpowers through your eyes.

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

Hello Andra,
What lovely words. Welcome to World Pulse, I look forward to ongoing connecting.

Andra Marasteanu
Dec 29, 2019
Dec 29, 2019

Thank you, so do I!