Last April 7, Friday in Rochester, New York, U.S.A., [April 8, Saturday in Manila], Discovering Deaf Worlds USA gave me a most unexpected recognition called “Service Provider of the Year Award”. It is only given once a year they said, to an organization or an individual their Board and staff feel has gone above and beyond to have a pivotal impact on DDW’s work. In my case it was for making a 35-minute documentary covering their two-year presence and activities here in our country that benefited our Deaf leaders. It is entitled “Signs of Change: Deaf Filipinos’ Campaign for Equality.” I was really surprised when I was informed via email about it because when I accepted the work, it was for me just doing another advocacy film meant to inspire Deaf Filipinos. I treated it as a personal work.
Anyhow, I am thankful for the recognition of the hard work we all exerted on it. Thank you Davin Searls and David Justice! Had great time working with both of you!
David, by the way, emailed the day after the event to say that it was a HUGE success. Over 400 people came breaking their fundraising goal!
Thanks to my nephew as well, and his wife who flew all the way from Maryland to N.Y. to receive the award on my behalf.