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Inspiring Blog Award

Before I post, I wanted to acknowledge inspiration is reciprocal. Each day, with anticipation, I check my email and follow blogs I subscribe to.

I have gained a considerable amount from blogging, but is humbling. When I began, I had few visitors, no likes, and no comments. Gradually, this changed and blogging became rewarding in and of itself as I learned its nuanced context. It is still humbling in two ways. First, when I check creative blogs posted about passions people hold dear, it impresses me with the process and product. Second, I keep it real . Statistically, the blog I follow with the largest following has about 15, 000 followers. This is about 0.000002% of the world’s population and my 300 followers is about 0.00000004%. Against the odds we form a small, appreciative community and share parts of our lives. Thank you.

Thank you Kay Lynté at Thinking is Write for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I am glad to know my blog inspires others, including Kay. I appreciate the gifts others share and in various ways they inspire me in my journey 🙂

1. Link back to the person who nominated you: Thank you, Kay

2. Post the award image to your page:

3. Tell 7 facts about yourself:

    • I have a fairly large (ice) hockey memorabilia collection.
    • I was a banker before becoming a teacher.
    • I was a single digit handicap golfer before my car accident.
    • I have never seen the Atlantic Ocean live.
    • My best friend is my wife, Kathy
    • I love the Blues and saw John Mayall in concert on Sunday
    • I am a Montreal Canadiens (ice) hockey fan.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know they’ve been nominated:

Waiting for the Karma Truck

Nonoy Manga

The Blazing Trail

Sharmishtha Basu

The Literary Man

Thought Baker

Fun and Fabulousness

Timothy A Cooper

Tracie Louise Photography

Travel Culture Food

Doli Photo

Subhan Zein

The Living Notebook

Wallpaper Tadaka

Leanne Cole Photography

Take care,


About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

27 responses »

  1. Ivon thank you so much for nominating my blog site!!! You made me look good!!! Cheers Nonoy Manga

  2. Reblogged this on Waiting for the Karma Truck and commented:
    I am reblogging Ivon’s post because his blog typically inspires the thought and consideration one would typically give a teacher who inspires you. I am appreciative of the inclusion in this list of inspiring bloggers and intend to check them out – as I hope you do too!! Thank you again Ivon! I am truly appreciative and am typing with a big smile on my face – even though it is before 5AM…

  3. Thank you so much Ivon – I am surprised and honored and touched. I appreciate your talent and your thoughts so much, it is especially humbling to be part of your community. I reblogged you post on my blog, so that others can perhaps check out the blogs the you nominated. I know that it is what I will do – and I promise to provide a list of my own a little later today or tomorrow..But

  4. Congratulations on your award, and thank you so much for nominating me.

  5. Congratulations buddy…and most deserved! Some of your comments you share with others are veiled in a wisdom that is not often seen. I think we all can agree on that! Your words are always warm and made with an inner thought that I greatly respect.

    On another point…have you written about your memorabilia collection yet? I for one, would be very interested in that one 🙂

    Be safe my friend!

  6. Thanks Ivon! !! I really appreciate it.

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  8. thank you so very much for this beautiful honour.

  9. Yeah! Yahoo! Yippee! & Congratulations! Now I’m off to click on your nominee links.

  10. Thanks for the attendance with us in the Blog.
    Greeting, Gisela and Wolfgang

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  12. Congrats to you, I love reading your blog &these last few have introduced me to some wonderful writers. Also, thanks for sharing your early stumbling with blogging, I am at that point now. It is hard to write what you think are wonderful/insightful/entertaining points that no one reads! I’ll keep trying!

  13. Congratulations on this, Ivon, very well deserved! 🙂


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