Nearing the end of 2014…..

It’s been an amazing and incredible year. 2014 saw me take on more exciting and rewarding projects. When so much has happened it’s hard to pick just a few things but here are my 2014 highlights.

My best friend of 27 years married his long time partner in a beautiful and touching ceremony at the Roundhouse Community Centre right before the Winter Solstice Festival in the Tree of Life room.

Bard on the Beach celebrated its 25th anniversary with its best attendance record ever!

The #LDBeauty event saw tremendous growth this year with an outstanding event planned at the London Aviation Centre for London Drugs.

I went on a fantastic road trip through Jamaica and discovered that I can drive on the other side of the road even amongst crazy drivers.

There were so many other career highlights that I can’t pick just one to focus one. Just know that I made a lot of magic happen this year!!

I hope your year was filled with as much magic and delight.

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Fabulous February

Valentine’s Day, the day to celebrate love and passion. Who knew that last year’s drive to love myself more would take me through a life-changing year. There were so many personal and professional milestones achieved and successes garnered in 2012. It has spring-boarded me into 2013 where I continue to ride this wonderful roller coaster of life.

The year is shaping up to be an outstanding one with more great events with London Drugs. I am extremely grateful to be involved with a client who offers such diversity and enthusiasm. This coming year we will be hosting another cosmetics preview event, London Drugs returns as a sponsor of the Ride for Hope for Canuck Place and for the upcoming Pink Shirt Day on February 27th. Be sure to wear your pink shirt on that day to show your support against bullying. If you are in the area come down to Georgia and Granville early in the morning on the 27th to say hello. I would love to see you down there.

February also inspires me because I know that summer really is right around the corner. Publicity discussions for Bard on the Beach have begun and we are looking forward to Bard’s 24th season in Vanier Park.

Not one to only focus on work, I continue to volunteer with the YWCA High School Mentorship program. My mentee this year is an aspiring actress. In our few months together I know that I have already expanded her mind with the possibilities that are out there.

I wish I had a mentor when I was her age, who knows where life would have taken me. But then again, I believe that everything happens for a reason. My journey is meant to bring me here now. I can’t wait to see where it will take me throughout the rest of the year. I’m ready to jump in and let the tides take me where they may.

 

Rick's Cafe, Negril, Jamaica

 

 

 

Swimming through September

The ball keeps on rolling through 2012. My summer solstice Fall Indulgences event for London Drugs was a great success. It spring boarded me into the next project which was the August 31st opening of the London Drugs at Olympic Village. Well attended and well received by the media this was an opening for all residents of the Olympic Village to enjoy. The headlines refer to this area as a Ghost Town no more and I would have to agree. There is a change there now that Terra Breads, Tap and Barrel and London Drugs are all open #inthevillage.

The next project for London Drugs is the in-store appearance of Rohan Marley on Monday, September 17th. As a fan of Bob Marley I am excited to meet his son Rohan and find out more about Marley Coffee.

There are a number of other London Drugs related projects coming up but I’ll keep the suspense building.

In the meantime, Bard on the Beach continues until September 22nd. The 2013 season will be announced that day. Stay tuned!

The Virtual Stage is the next theatre company I’m working with. It’ll take you out of the black box and onto the streets of Vancouver. The Zombie Syndrome is coming! There must be a theme going on in the collective. Did you hear about the Zombie Combat Zone? Too far to go to see zombies then be sure to read about the Zombie Syndrome downtown….only you can help us!

The Zombie Syndrome – The Virtual Stage

Is it really June?

I need to ask myself this question again as I pull my sweater back out of the closet. Vancouver has experienced its usual drop in temperature for the month of June. Ironic considering this is when work heats up for me. Bard on the Beach is getting ready to open on Thursday, June 7th. I’m excited for opening night and can’t wait to welcome all of my media guests. Next opening is Saturday, June 16th with Macbeth. This is one that I can’t wait to see. Look at that stunning photograph of Colleen Wheeler and Bob Frazer!

Bob Frazer and Colleen Wheeler in Macbeth at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Photo David Cooper

It’s been a whirlwind of media leading up to the opening and I can’t wait to see what else the summer has in store for Bard.

It may be the summer solstice on June 21st but London Drugs will be hosting a special cosmetics preview event. We’ve booked the Vancouver Lookout for the event and will be giving a peak into what’s coming in the next few months. Working on this event has made me realize how much I love event planning. All the small pieces and details coming together for one goal, one event.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love doing media relations. Honestly I do! After all these years I still get a rush when I see coverage of anything I’m working on. I’m fortunate that I am able to use my writing skills every day at work and I’m blessed to positioned with great companies.

If I’m going to be working all this time shouldn’t it be at someone I really enjoy?

March Madness…

The past few months I have been fortunate enough to enjoy two vacations. One to Jamaica and the other to Costa Rica. I’ve been able to balance this vacation time around ongoing projects. But now things are about to heat up as we head into spring.

London Drugs continues with many projects going on. We celebrated Pink Shirt Day on February 29th, we’re gearing up for the 2012 Ride For Hope and the company is a finalist for the 2012 GLOBE Awards. Many divisions have exciting news and events coming up. I can’t wait to find out more as the weeks go by.

Tickets for Bard on the Beach go on sale March 19th. The season release made the rounds with more information coming soon. The 2012 season returns to Vancouver this summer with four productions; The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor and King John.

I feel blessed to work with two clients that continue to excel in their respective areas. It keeps me on my toes and always looking at ways that I can excel. As they grow, so do I.

Nearly end of November…

It’s hard to believe that the end of November is upon us. Where does the time go? Between plying my skills at my career and celebrating life with friends it’s no wonder it goes as fast as it does.

This November I had the good fortune to put together a fun evening for London Drugs, Revlon and Almay. Held at Sugar Studios it was an evening of unexpected delights with product demos from Revlon, a book signing from Anthony Sedlak and a cooking demo featuring treats from the night’s fine catering. Putting together an event is something I thrive at. I love organizing and the little details. Overall I would say the evening was a big success.

In addition to the cosmetics work I’ve done with London Drugs, I have also been busy at work on the Christmas tech release. There are a great variety of gift ideas available at London Drugs. In addition to working on the tech there are numerous charity events going on in December that we’ll be taking part in. The CBC Food Bank Drive is December 2, the Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast is December 7 and the Beat Cares is on December 9. I encourage everyone to get out and support these great events as well as the hundreds of others happening in the Lower Mainland.

Not to be outdone by all the shopping work for Christmas I’m also working on a not so traditional Christmas production. Ruby Slippers is presenting the world premiere of Hotel Bethlehem at Studio 16 on December 7th. After a week there this talented group of eleven actors will be moving to the Shadbolt Centre of the Arts for a week long run. This is definitely something to add to your holiday list of things to do.

This past month I started my seventh year with the YWCA High School Mentorship program. I am so excited for this year to work with another young woman who is keen to learn about new career options and what the world has to offer her. I always think how much I wished I had something like this as a teenager. But I’m just happy to be giving back when I feel like I’ve been so blessed.

This busy month coming ahead is a-okay with me. I know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for January; that light just happens to be the sun shining on me as I sit on a tropical beach. But first to continue to wrap up November and get ready to embrace December.

Opportunities in October…

The fall has moved by swiftly. Already into the last half of October and looking ahead towards the winter. An opportunity to take a look at all of the great computer and electronics items at the upcoming London Drugs conference in Whistler begins today. I’ll be staying at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel. I’m looking forward to catching up with all of the great department managers at London Drugs from across Western Canada and to get a look at what’s coming. My mind is ready to be filled with new knowledge. I can’t wait to share it when I return.