Wrapped in Community Love 🐼 ❤️

BethCrook
Community Coach
Community Coach
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Wrapped in my Community quilt.Wrapped in my Community quilt.

My office is currently under construction and all of my contents are out in the hallway this week, which I am fine with. Except for one thing.  My quilt.  Everything else is replaceable, except for this quilt. You see, this quilt was specially made and gifted to me in 2018 by the Canvas Community Team.  Do you see those butterflies?  Look closer. Those are the Community Team's feet!  And every time I wrap myself up in this quilt (which is OFTEN), I love that I have their feet all over me. 😂  

After a crazy medical event days before InstructureCon in 2017 that left me paralyzed, the Canvas Community of users and employees came together like a dream team, as a cheering squad, motivators, prayer warriors, walking buddies, #stepsforbeth followers, and the most amazing friendships.  But not just for me!  For each other, themselves, other family members, for our very own Panda mascot, because Panda needs a high-five and a motivation buddy, too!  Together, virtually and in-person in the high altitude of Keystone, we walked 17 million steps to InstCon'18.  And we celebrated. And hugged. Lots and LOTS of hugs. 

InstructureCon 2018 with PandaInstructureCon 2018 with Panda

 

 

 

 

 

And during the school year, we check in on one another and talk about our kids. We ask for help with Canvas related questions, or even non-Canvas questions. We have random zoom chats, just for fun. And pre-pandemic, I was known to start random fun Challenges around other conferences for Canvas attendees via twitter so I could have some fun virtually (obviously, this was before virtual conferencing changed the game shortly thereafter).

During InstructureCon this year, a group of Advocates were returning back to our rooms after the party on Wednesday night, perhaps a little bit loudly toward the elevators. Nope, not sorry! Once on the elevator, a Canvas user (HI!) asked us if we were all there together and which school we were all there from. When we replied that we were all from different places, she surprisingly then said "Oh, well you must meet up every year then.", clearly recognizing the close bond between us.  And one of us replied "Actually, this is the first time we've all met in person. But we've been talking online daily or weekly for a couple of years!" She asked "How?" and as I started to walk off the elevator, I simply said "Through the Community."   

Advocates with PandaAdvocates with Panda

That's it. The power of Community.  Whether it is online or in-person. East Coast or Mountain Time. 

Use this blog post.  Leave a comment.  Let's start up random conversations.  Doesn't have to be Canvas questions. It could be totally silly. Or a funny memory or joke from InstCon. Or you want to say hello to someone in the community that you've always wanted to say hi to before but didn't know how to start the conversation.  This is how we had conversations in this Community back in the days of 2015-2019ish that I remember.  So let's do it here.

I hope you connect.

 

15 Comments
Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

@BethCrook 

We're forever grateful that you allowed us to be a part of your story. You continue to inspire us to always be kind and to enjoy the journey, even when it's not the one we imagined for ourselves. Thank you for being you

BethCrook
Community Coach
Community Coach

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Someone needs to be willing to race Steve Townsend in wheelchair races. I’m happy to be someone. 👍🏼

KathyPalm
Community Participant

What an awesome story! Thanks for sharing! 😃
Also hi from Sweden!

BethCrook
Community Coach
Community Coach

@KathyPalm Sweden?!  That's so cool!!  Hello back! How long have you been on Canvas?

KathyPalm
Community Participant

Our institution starts year 4 with Canvas early next year! 🥳
We selected Canvas in 2020 and technically speaking went live Q1 of 2021!

I'm originally from the US and used Canvas at my previous US based institution so I've been a fan for a little longer than that, but time has gone by fast!

How about you?

BethCrook
Community Coach
Community Coach

We started piloting in 2014 and signed on in 2015. So it's been a while and still the best decision 🐼🫶🏼

What took you to Sweden? 

KathyPalm
Community Participant

@BethCrook That's awesome! 🐼 

The main reason is my partner is Swedish, but also it's a really great place to live and work and we really like it here😊

KristinL
Community Team
Community Team

Thank you for continuing to share your story, Beth! Thank you for bringing people together and finding optimism in every opportunity. The Community helped us -- #solopandas -- meet in 2016, and I will always be grateful for that.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

@BethCrook -- What a great blog and so many amazing memories! Thank you for sharing!

LasoniaGentle
Community Explorer

Hi BethCrook!! Beautiful story and Beautiful Quilt! Thank you for Sharing ❤️

knoxd
Community Participant

Love this story and love this community!  I'm so grateful our paths have crossed and even more grateful for your spirit and friendship inside this community!

 

BethCrook
Community Coach
Community Coach

HAPPY FALL Y'ALL!

 

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StacyKoelemay1
Community Explorer

Hey Beth! Happy fall to you as well!! 

BethCrook
Community Coach
Community Coach

Welcome to the Canvas Community, @StacyKoelemay1 !

 

DaGIFT222
Community Participant

@BethCrook - Definitely loving the story you tell. Checked out your pics and bio. Thanks for sharing.