This came as a complete surprise and I was totally stunned … I was even speechless when i had to walk onto the stage and say a ‘few’ words. I love what I do!
Walking of the Stage with Stephen Mooser – and the award
from Stephen Mooser:
Here is the article that will appear in the next Bulletin, and is basically what I read at the banquet—
MEMBER OF THE YEAR
The recipient of this year’s SCBWI Member of the Year is Christopher Cheng , the Co-Regional Advisor for Australia (with Susanne Gervay). As Co-Advisor Christopher has helped build the Australian and New Zealand chapters into an important presence in those countries children’s book industry. Additionally he introduced a number of innovative ideas, including the new Silver Kite regional peer awards, which will soon go worldwide.
An important and influential member of the Australian book and literacy community, he served as Ambassador for that country’s Literacy and Numeracy week from 2004-2008. Author of numerous books, he was honored last year by the Australian Book Council with the Lady Cutler Award for service in the field of children’s books. For serving the SCBWI membership with such enthusiasm, creativity and joy we are delighted to be able to express our gratitude to Christopher by naming him our Member of the Year.
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]