Today I received the best news in that I was selected to be a Microsoft MVP for the .NET Platform. I feel honoured to have my efforts in the developer community recognized by Microsoft. When I started working with developers, it was because I wanted to give back. This award is the icing on the cake.
This congratulatory email made my day, my week, and my month:
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in .NET technical communities during the past year.
For those that do not know about the award, Microsoft explains it like this in their welcome letter:
The Microsoft MVP Award is an annual award that recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft.
With fewer than 4,000 awardees worldwide, Microsoft MVPs represent a highly select group of experts. MVPs
share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.
MVPs’ efforts enhance people’s lives and contribute to our industry’s success in many ways. By sharing their knowledge and experiences, and providing objective feedback, they help people solve problems and discover new capabilities every day. MVPs are technology’s best and brightest, and we are honored to welcome Ken as one of them.
To give you an idea of what I have done to earn this award, here is a sample of some of my efforts over the past year:
- Spoke seven (7) times at various user groups and conferences.
- Ramped up my participation in the TechNet Wikis and MSDN Forums.
- Helped facilitate local Azure and IoT camps.
- Continued my volunteer commitment to my local user group (@CTTDNUG).
- Wrote over 15 blog posts.
- Tweeted and re-tweeted tons of times.
- Completed a technical review of an Azure book.
- Plus, multiple other activities.
So, thank you to Microsoft for the award and to everyone on the Canadian MVP team for facilitating this process. Special thanks to my two nominators to whom I am especially grateful. (You know who you are.)
Now, onto a new 12-month adventure as a Microsoft MVP!