EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR Award Winner
Winner Spotlight – Grant Gibson
Winning an award – I don’t want to say it lit a fire under my butt because there’s always a fire under my butt, but it reignited the fire a bit more. With COVID and everything that was going on, you didn’t really know what you were walking into, if that makes sense. But it was so well-put together. I loved the setup of the stage, it felt so “showy” – it almost felt like you were walking into a concert. It was really well thought out in terms of how far apart the cars were, and how everyone was behaving during it. You could really experience the vibe without being too close.
I was pretty shocked to have won. Mostly because a bunch of people I follow online like other educators in the area and across Ontario and across Canada I knew were up for the award. To win was amazing. That was my first ever big industry award. I’m incredibly passionate about education, it’s what I do full time. I live, I breathe it, I eat it. To be recognized for it felt so damn good.
I felt really inspired walking away from it. I think next year depending on the categories I will definitely consider going into something that I haven’t done before. I could grab some models, some wigs and some fun stuff and put something together because I want to be part of that. If I can win Educator of the Year, I can definitely put myself forward for something else.
What do the VZN Awards mean to you?
The VZN Awards to me are celebrating more than just hair. It’s focusing on all of the different avenues that are part of this super creative industry. It’s not just a focus on who can make the hair the prettiest, or who understands hair the best. It’s all about being a visionary and creating something that hasn’t been done before.
Winning an award – I don’t want to say it lit a fire under my butt because there’s always a fire under my butt, but it reignited the fire a bit more. With COVID and everything that was going on, you didn’t really know what you were walking into, if that makes sense.