I’m supposed to be ‘winding down’ in 2017…

HOWEVER, there never seems to be a moment’s rest!! This is how my November was UBER jam-packed (again)!

It started off with the annual Splash and Dash  fundraiser, which in collaboration with the Cancer Cedar Centre, supports kid’s cancers. A former student asked me to get involved last year, loved my experience. What they do is invite local Heroes and Celebrities who can bring attention to the cause. Once we accept the challenge, the premise is a team relay type of activity. We either ‘splash’ or ‘dash’. I decided once again to splash. It was a great day for a great cause.

I’ve also been eye-ball deep in holiday corporate parties (9 to be exact)!! A few are at restaurants and the rest are at different venues and hotels across the city. When I say eye-ball deep, I mean with the details; contract negotiations, tastings with clients, décor options, scheduling timelines and setting up, you get the picture. These events aren’t large; however, the work is the work, it STILL takes the same amount of time to organize! And YES – LOVE MY WORK!!!

Invited to a VIP open house at Pole Productionsto explore VR (virtual reality), these are the options we are exploring on upcoming teambuilding projects for clients. Be warned VR is here and will not go away. (loving it) We then revisited; Skyventure – Le Rinque  – Ministry of Cricket …  all this is to decide which teambuilding activities are a great fit for clients needs. Of course, with this, we also HAD to explore a few ‘out of the box’ catering options like;  Zaika Indian and 57Cal  to name a few. I honestly have no idea when I can loose weight…

In the mist of all this, there was two industry luncheons one at the Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel  – the other was at the Hyatt Regency Montreal then a party at the Muse Grevin and the annual wedding expo The Elegant Wedding Bridal Showcase all with the local vendors.

I did the open house for Lasalle College for the upcoming session, along with a site visit at the Dix/30 of the Alt Hotel . I got a chance to visit a new quirky but interesting and delightful venue: Livart on St. Denis.

If that weren’t enough, I was once again judge for a Bursary program offered by one of the Association related to the Italian community. I do it every year and I love to give back. Also, had the opportunity to tour the newly opened C2  space in the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. It’s amazing in there – you’re literally on top of the world right next to the sign and have incredible views of our city!

I encountered a new inventor that did something extraordinary with drinks: Ufrost , which is frosted shots of alcohol. They’re great for entertaining and for the holiday parties. YUMMO.

Got invited to two GRAND OPENINGs first one was at Lucielle Oyster Bar and the second one was the Jetée Alexandra in the Old Port, this will be  a great spot, news flash à here is where the large cruise ships will port. GREAT for Montreal’s economy!!

Internationally, speaking I helped organize a luncheon for Vienna and Berlin tourist boards (it’s kind of two-fold for me) I am concentrating more and more on Europe for my clients upcoming incentive programs, so why not help spread the word.

On a personal note, one of the best moments this month was a little mini high school reunion; St. Pius X Comp. High School … What fun, it’s been 35 years since we’ve seen each other, and just like that, we ‘traveled’ back in time reminiscing the good old days!!!

Nope I’m not done yet, (ouffffaaaa) soooo as if that wasn’t busy enough … guess what happened in the middle of all this!?! Well, halfway through November, I got informed (due to an emergency situation) I had to take over a class at Lasalle College. Boom – so now ‘till mid December I have a class to teach every single week!! YUP folks, (I truly don’t mind it) however, my schedule has to be re-set … this means I have to rearrange a few things. TRUE example of a month in the life of MONTREAL EVENT PLANNER …  😊

As you can see 2018 is looking very bright and getting to be busy busy, and for some reason (this coming year) it’s starting to be all about team-building activities. Things that makes one say mmmmmmmm…

Ok, I’m off to Rome, Italy for my last incentive trip of 2017. Will share with you all that next month…

WOW just realized there is one month left in 2017 – where did the year go?!?! 😊

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