Change Everything up for Webby


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ChangeEverything is a Vancouver website trying to do what Juno couldn’t do at the Oscars and Feist couldn’t do at the Grammys – win a major industry award and bring it home to Canada.

The VanCity powered website has been nominated by The Webbys, hailed as the “Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, in the “Best Social Networking Website” category alongside Ning, Flock, Bebo and Facebook.

“ChangeEverything was created to support people to explore making significant changes in their lives and world, it is a home-grown site made up of mostly local people,” says Kate Dugan, Online Strategist for ChangeEverything.

It is a David and Goliath battle.

70 Million populate Facebook while a mere 3000 members comprise the ChangeEverything community. Still, Kate is just plain tickled to be nominated.

“We are so very excited to be up for this award, it is a great honour for our little local online community to be in the running with the likes of such social networking giants as Facebook,” she says.

Rob Cottingham is a part of the community and appreciates the effort VanCity puts into the site.

“It’s a Vancity project… but not the Vancity project,” he writes on the site. “Vancity [knows] how to serve the needs of its members: not just their banking needs, but their needs for a vibrant, sustainable community.”

ChangeEverything was the meeting place for participants in Vancity’s Bike Share experiment and has been used to organize clothing drives for the homeless of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Deadline for voting in the Webbys is tomorrow, the winners will be announced next week.

Congratulations also to Vancouver-based Orato.com, which was hailed as an Official Honoree by the Webbys as one of the 15 best news sites on the web.

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