As part of the Christmas season, the Advertiser reached out to readers asking if there was a person who had made a difference their lives that they would like to recognize.
It might have been a teacher, a parent, a sibling or even a brief acquaintance who had impacted them in a positive way.
In a letter to the Advertiser, Wendy Morgan spoke of the impact Judi Blackmore has had on her life.
By Wendy Morgan
I've made a name for myself as an artist locally. I went from painting classes at the age of 10 to owning my own craft business. I've painted on children's faces and beautiful works of art on entire bodies and covered an entire town's windows in beautiful paint. But nobody gets to reach those goals without a little inspiration.
Of course, there's lots of people to thank along the way. And without even mentioning names my mother knows she encouraged me, as well as my art teachers that taught me special skills, and mentors along the way.
But there's one woman, a woman I see in the town, still as vibrant as ever who remembers me but really doesn't know the impact she's had.
You see, this woman didn't teach me a skill that made this, she didn't push me to do anything, she didn't guide me along the way and I know she takes no credit for any of my success in art –but I owe a lot to her.
This teacher saw something in me at a young age. It's the gift only few educators have, to see something in someone. And all because I could draw mermaids in the 1st grade. This woman suggested to my mother that she should nurture this interest I had, this gift – if she even knew it was a gift at the time. And who knows how long it would have taken me to find my path if she hadn’t!
Sometimes it's not someone who make a drastic stand on your life. Sometimes it's more of a butterfly effect change that someone caused. Which only goes to show what a beautiful difference a little ripple can make in someone's life.
Thank you so much, Judi Blackmore.