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Derek K. Miller Award

In honour of Derek K. Miller, the first ever recipient of the Most Inspiring Social Media User award, the award was renamed in 2012, in his memory.

Derek K. Miller Award

  • Chantelle Pasychny (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Andrea Paquette (2%, 27 Votes)
  • Sean Dhillon (9%, 101 Votes)
  • Karissa Sparling (12%, 136 Votes)
  • Joanie McCorry (13%, 148 Votes)
  • Tamara Plant (15%, 168 Votes)
  • Dylan Benson (49%, 544 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,125

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Editors note: There were no late entries. One entry was accidentally removed and was re-added. The following are nominator notes, in the order entries were submitted:

Sean Dhillon

Sean Dhillon is a Board Director of several non-profit charities in Greater Victoria. He uses his personal network via social media to fund-raise for community based causes and raise the awareness of non-profit agencies.

Tamara Plant

Tamara has worked tirelessly throughout her career to change stereotypes and empower women to be the best version of their authentic selves. She lived through an abusive childhood only to become successful in her career as a sports journalist, eventually broadening out into the communications industry as an author, publisher, speaker and social media strategist.

Tamara is in in the process of releasing her first book: Yes I am! An Abso-f*^kin-lutely FIERCE Guide to Living an Inspired Life. Her passion is inspiring women and she does so through the FIERCE awards which she launched in 2010. The awards celebrate women and men who make a difference whether it’s within their own lives, homes, community or on a global scale. She challenges women to work together and celebrate other people’s success. She inspires others with her resilience and she champions women who are tired of the “mean girls” mentality. She is someone who truly sees the good in everyone regardless of her personal feelings. All she wants to do is uplift, inspire and cheer on others. She truly is FIERCE!!

Karissa Sparling

Karissa Sparling is an active community volunteer who strives to bring people together to create change and assist those in need. Karissa uses Social Media to encourage community members to participate in fundraising efforts in various ways. More recently she has assisted local schools in reaching their monetary goals, and has helped spread the word and bring in gift cards and supplies for a local family with a child battling Cancer. She has participated in generating supplies and distribution to feed families in need of clothing and food, has assisted in feeding the homeless projects, and in the past helped organize a clothes drive for a Town affected by a Forest Fire.

Despite working fulltime and balancing Motherhood, Karissa spends her off hours extending her hand up to those who need it. Her experience with depression and anxiety in the past has brought her strength and the determination to assist others in an end to suffering. Karissa speaks openly about past experiences and uses Social Media to inspire others to achieve their highest victory.

Joanie McCorry

Joanie is the quintessential volunteer. She volunteers for all sorts of interesting causes, and posts it all online!

Her involvement with YES (Young Entrepreneurs Society) has been a key part of bringing the business and non-profit communities together in common cause in Greater Victoria.

Andrea Paquette

This CFAX Citizen of the Year, and the face of “Bi-Polar Babe”, a bi-polar advocacy group that she founded, has worked tirelessly for many years as an advocate for bi-polar and mental health awareness. She is a community leader, and an inspiration to women (and men) everywhere.

Dylan Benson

Despite the tragic death of his wife, Dylan persevered and stood beside her as his unborn child continued to grow in her. As the world looked on, his healthy son Iver came into the world, survived through both the miracles of technology, and the love of a Father. Dylan is a model Father, and a true inspiration to people around the world.

Chantelle Pasychny

Chantelle is an award winning stylist at designHouse Salon. She is a committed member of the community, hosting and supporting numerous causes.

14 Responses to "Derek K. Miller Award"

  • Joanie McCorry
    April 1, 2014 - 2:50 pm Reply

    Wow! I just saw that I have been nominated for the Derek K Miller Award!!
    ….for the most inspiring Social Media User….
    Thank you! with gratitude!

  • Joanie McCorry
    April 1, 2014 - 2:54 pm Reply

    An awesome group of folks have been nominated for this award!
    Please take the time to vote in all the categories!
    ….and see you at Social Media Camp!!!

  • Maureen Raboud
    April 1, 2014 - 3:09 pm Reply

    Congrats, my friend! No surprise, really.

  • Molly Heckbert Henderson
    April 1, 2014 - 3:11 pm Reply

    Congratulations, Joanie! Glad you are getting the recognition!

  • Carolyn Harries-Duncan
    April 1, 2014 - 4:08 pm Reply

    Big congrats Joanie McCorry, you deserve it!!!!!! :)

  • Karissa Sparling
    April 1, 2014 - 5:42 pm Reply

    How and where do I read about everyone nominated?

  • Paul Holmes
    April 1, 2014 - 5:47 pm Reply

    Nomination summaries are coming to this page today.

  • LeeAnn Kostyniuk
    April 8, 2014 - 12:22 am Reply

    Way to go Dylan Benson

  • Joanne Harper Fancy
    April 8, 2014 - 12:48 am Reply

    I've been following Dylan's story. I'm so inspired. He is such a committed and devoted dad to Ivor.

  • Curtis Closet
    April 8, 2014 - 1:26 am Reply

    Go Dylan Benson, your an inspiration to many people around the world. We are cheering for you and Baby Iver. All the best!!!

  • Meredith Miller
    August 4, 2014 - 5:43 am Reply

    Derek K Miller was my father, and I miss him so much but reading what all of these people go through really touches me and makes me believe that my dads award, sitting in the glass cabinet in our living room is worth so much, much more.

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