2014 Social Media Awards — Huzzah!

Social Media Camp Victoria held its 4th Annual Social Media Awards on May 2, 2014 at the Victoria Conference Centre. It was a fun night of mixing, mingling, and award giving.

Steve Dotto hosted for the second year in a row, and used his quick wit to keep it fun from the beginning. He carefully instructed us that the winners should be greeted with a loud “HUZZAH!” when their names were announced, and reminded the losers that the bar was in the back. At one point, he brought up a “Twitter Virgin” for some good-natured fun-poking. She had just signed up for Twitter earlier that day by her friends.

The Lion, The Bear, The Fox

Christopher Arruda (The Lion), Cory Woodward (The Bear) and Ryan McMahon (The Fox). Photo courtesy LB&F.

Canadian music act The Lion, The Bear, The Fox provided music while people mixed and mingled before and after the Social Media Awards. If you haven’t listened to their music yet, it’s an amalgam of rock, rock-a-billy, and folk, and absolutely brilliant.

And the winners are…

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

The Derek K. Miller Award

Dylan Benson and Darren Laur - Social Media Awards 2014

Dylan Benson and Darren Laur – Photo by Derek Ford Photography

The awarding of the Derek. K. Miller Award for Most Inspirational Social Media User was the most heartfelt one. It was deservedly won by Dylan Benson, whose wife Robyn had a massive brain hemorrhage at 22 weeks pregnant, which left her brain-dead and on life-support.

To help compensate for lost income and to cover the costs of raising a preemie as a single parent, Dylan set up a YouCaring.com fundraising campaign. Once the world heard about his situation, through news coverage and social media, his campaign was wildly successful, raising more that $202,548.

There is a bittersweet ending to the story. On February 8, Iver was born, and they said goodbye to Robyn the following day.

CHEK News aired a story about the Social Media Awards on their May 3, 2014 5:30pm newscast.

Paul Holmes

Paul Holmes is Co-Founder of Social Media Camp. He is a 25-year IT industry veteran, and lifelong resident of Victoria, British Columbia.

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