Angel (n): person of exemplary conduct or virtue.
We all know a few of these people, the ones who go out of their way to put a smile on someone else’s face. Who, despite all the turmoil in their own lives, show up daily to help us deal with the mess in our own. And they deserve the term, they deserve to be labeled with a word that can only describe the goodness and pure energy in their hearts, that surround them and follow them wherever they may go.
But these angels aren’t always recognized; not because we don’t want to, but sometimes there just isn’t anything in the moment that is enough to say “thank you” for those moments when they put themselves aside to give their love to others.
So it was with great excitement that Odyssey Gathering Music Festival decided they would do what they could, and hold a contest, to give back to the community and honour an angel, or two.
“We’re holding this contest to recognize those in the community who deserve a ticket but may not be able to afford one,” said Bee Adoneye, co-founder and general manager of the festival, held near Smoky Lake, just north of Edmonton.
The Angel Contest was just a small feature, prompting anyone and everyone to nominate their favourite person, someone they thought always went over and above.
“We have over a dozen submissions! Community work is often thankless and unpaid, and we really wanted to recognize those who were putting the work in.
“This is our first year doing it, and based on the response, we plan to hold it annually.”
Really happy to give back to the community he so happily resides in, Bee is grateful to everyone that has submitted so far.
With the May 1 deadline creeping up, the month notice gives whoever the recipient is more than enough time to prepare for the June festival.
With the possibility of multiple recipients, the winner(s) will be given a full weekend pass, with all access perks, so they can really just take the time to celebrate themselves, surrounded by those who love them.
To nominate that special angel in your life, visit:
Odyssey Gathering takes place June 1 – June 3, 2018.