We loved last year and 2023 was a year of celebrations and recognitions, with many awards, and we are more than grateful for such an amazing time. Therefore, we have decided to share month by month our little moments that got us excited for more!
Was a strong start with so many events, new beginnings, and features in two magazines.
Our founder, Sharon Bonner, began the year strongly, collaborating with numerous new clients through our sister company, Sharon Bonner Consulting. Clients seeking assistance requested event audits, production schedules, and critical paths.
On January 29, 2023, we braved the great white north and headed to Edmonton, Alberta, to attend GOWEST23. It was so worth it as we were able to see familiar faces.
Victoria Copans of Xlive approached Sharon for an opinion piece on mental health. – 5 Event Profs Share How They Are Prioritizing Mental Health and Avoiding Burnout in 2023
We were also featured as an Industry Profile in Corporate Meetings Network – Canada’s Site for Corporate Meeting Planners.
Was a bit calmer, yet still exciting, with the fantastic opportunity to consult for a 40th birthday party and a conference in Whistler.
Had us warming up with a thrilling highlight: our beloved Sharon Bonner was named on Courtney Stanley’s “Women to Watch in 2023” list!
Had us buzzing! We received the exciting announcements that we had been nominated in not one or two, but four categories at the Canadian Special Event Awards.
- Best Event Design/ Decor $50,000 – $150,000
- Best Corporate Event $150,000 – $350,000
- Most Outstanding Event $150,000 – $350,000
- Event Professional of the Year (Sharon Bonner)
After a long wait, we finally received the results. We were thrilled to accept our first official win at the CSE Awards in Toronto on May 03, 2023. We captured the award for “With Love From Paris” in the Best Event Design/Decor category for $50,000 – $150,000, standing out among nine recipients.
But that’s not all! Our success continued at the Vancouver ILEA Event Awards on May 25, 2023. “With Love From Paris” was once again in the spotlight, nominated in two categories and capturing the award for Best Event Design/Decor $50,000+, triumphing in a category of six nominees.
And best of all, our CEO Sharon Bonner received the Event Professional of the Year award.
June was special for Sharon, as she was offered the opportunity to write a recurring column, “Ask An Event Expert” in the Canadian Events Special Magazine (page 29). In this column, she will share valuable advice and expertise about the world of event planning. Send in your questions, and she will answer them within 48 hours!
And as we all know, June is Graduation season and CBC contacted Sharon for her first hand testimonial of graduation tips and suggestions. You can watch the segment here at around 48 minutes in.
August was on fire! We started with a trip to Newfoundland to attend the CanSPEP conference in lively St. John’s, Newfoundland, from August 1 to 4, 2023. What an amazing time!!
Adding to our achievements, “With Love From Paris” turned heads again, winning us two 2023 ILEA Esprit Awards for Best Design/Decor for Corporate as well as Best Event Scenic Design, Installation, or Exhibit Design — Corporate. The awards were announced live on August 10th in the city of San Antonio.
That’s not all – Sharon has been selected to join the Eventex Awards 2024. As a proven event expert in the industry, she has been invited to serve on the jury panel as a judge for the 14th Global Eventex Awards.
September has been on low heat, as our founder Sharon Bonner, DES, VEMM is enjoying her time writing for several magazines. She even has her own column in Canadian Special Events Magazine (page 29), so be sure to check it out. Her latest article, “Five Challenges Planners Face Today”, is definitely a must-read.
October brought us good fortune, nominating Sharon as one of the Top 100 “The Most Influential People in the Events Industry” for 2023 in the Eventex Index.
During the month, we not only produced several events but also provided services to our event consulting clients, rounding out the month effectively.
In November we started decorating venues for Christmas and producing many Holiday Parties. It is always the beginning of our busiest time of the year, so it’s one magical event after another!
December is always events, events and more events. We produced a “Glam in the City” event on the Rooftop at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, A Christmas Masquerade at the Pan Pacific in Vancouver and finished off with a Traditional Children’s Christmas with Santa and presents.
This year has been exceptionally good to us. And the cherry on top: we have been interviewed on Spice Radio talking about trends in Christmas events since the pandemic.
Wishing you all a fantastic Holiday Season and a very prosperous New Year.
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