Why I believe Ms. Hannon
should receive this award...
her writing, Evelyn Hannon has changed the way women in Canada and
around the world travel. In the Eighties, a woman generally went
from living in her father's home to living in her husband's home.
Similarly, a woman graduated from vacationing with her family to
travelling with her new husband. The media at that time mirrored
this aspect of our society and all travel writing addressed the
complete family unit. Travel advice was never gender specific until
Hannon (aka Journeywoman) began in 1994 to look at travel writing
from a female's point-of-view.
After divorcing in
the Eighties, Evelyn began to travel solo. She learned then that
a travelling woman's needs and concerns were very different from
a man's. Yet, Hannon could find no travel mentors. There weren't
books written on the subject so Evelyn learned the hard way; her
knowledge base grew from going and doing.
From 1985-90 Evelyn
studied abroad for a part of each year. Then, she won a CIDA grant
and spent time in China looking at ways women practiced Traditional
Chinese Medicine. As the production coordinator of an NFB documentary
Hannon also worked in the Middle East. Later she coordinated the
first Canadian Woman's Film Festival in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and
Haifa. Everywhere she went Evelyn learned ways to fight loneliness,
to be culturally correct, how to deal with safety issues, which
restaurants welcomed single women and how to act and react in the
world of business. Local women became her mentors; Hannon continuously
made notes about what she was learning and thinking.
In 1994, Evelyn
began publishing a 24-page mini magazine designed to inspire other
women to travel safely and well and to connect women travellers
internationally. In 1997, Journeywoman.com went online. It is now
the largest travel resource for women on the internet with over
one million visitors annually. Evelyn's monthly Journeywoman newsletter
reaches 63,000 female readers in 100 countries. Readers comments
can be found here: http://www.journeywoman.com/letterstoed/letter10.htm
(present readership 67,600+)
Canada chose Evelyn to write their 24-page guide called, 'Her Own
Way, A Woman's Guide to Safe and Successful Travel.' This award-winning
publication, first of its kind in the consular world is available
free to women in passport offices across the country.
In 2000 TIME Magazine
named Hannon one of the '100 innovative thinkers of this new century'
for the writing she has done on behalf of women and travel.
In 2006 Evelyn Hannon
won a position on the Toronto Star Community Editorial Board. Her
writing touched both on women's issues and her love of different
circumnavigated the globe with 'Semester
at Sea'. On board ship, she taught mini classes on travel journaling
and she inspired and mentored female journalism students. Anna Hamilton,
a student mentored by Hannon wrote, 'she opened my eyes to the importance
of curiosity, courage, compassion, independence, and self respect'.
In September 2008,
Evelyn is the cover story for C.A.R.P.
Magazine. Journalist Marcia Kaye writes, Hannon has 'helped
to revolutionize travel for women around the world ... she's inspired
countless women to travel - and helped make it safer, too'.
For samples of Evelyn
Hannon's writing, please read the following articles online:
Things A Woman Will Love in Florence
Girl With The Grandmother's Face (also published in the Toronto
for Two -- The Pregnant Traveller
Pitfalls of Travelling to Meet Mr. Right
My Adopted Granddaughter Remember? (also published in the National
Culturally Incorrect Gift Giving
Cooks Meatballs in Japan