Partner Appreciation & Preceptor Awards Celebration

What Was It?

A thank you breakfast to recognize Partner Agencies for their contributions to nursing education. This event also recognizes individuals for Preceptorship achievements within the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Collaborative program, and the Post Diploma program.

I was the Event Lead for Nursing and liaised with various vendors & committees to coordinate event logistics for the Partner Appreciation & Preceptor Awards Celebration.

Attendance:

80.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Pre-Event/Project Planning/Onsite Event Logistics & Management
  • Budget Creation and Management
  • Hiring Vendor(s)/Staff
  • Catering/Food & Beverage
  • Décor/Photography
  • Audio Visual & Staging Coordination
  • Online Reporting System & Brief Writing
  • Registration/Database
  • Post Event Reporting
  • Flex Hours

Images 001-006 courtesy of Clifton Li Photography

Stakeholder Consultation

What Was It?

A breakfast event to consult with external Placement Partners on curriculum redevelopment in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Collaborative program at Ryerson University. This consultative process involved numerous stakeholders from placement agencies (Hospitals, Long term Care Facilities, Government) across the city.

I was the Event Lead for Nursing and liaised with various vendors & committees to coordinate event logistics for the Stakeholder Consultation on Curriculum Redevelopment.

Attendance:

~50.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Pre-Event Planning/Onsite Event Logistics & Management
  • Budget Creation & Management
  • Hiring Vendor(s)/Staff
  • Catering/Food & Beverage
  • Décor/Photography
  • Audio Visual & Staging Coordination
  • Registration/Database
  • Post Event Reporting
  • Flex Hours

Toronto BuskerFest

What Was It?

Joining entertainment, business and charity, BuskerFest was established in 1999 by Epilepsy Toronto as a way to help raise funds for, and create public awareness of epilepsy. BuskerFest is Epilepsy Toronto’s largest fundraiser of the year. Ryerson University was a sponsor of BuskerFest.

BuskerFest took place August 27-30th, 2015 from Yonge St. from Queen to College, Yonge-Dundas Square, Trinity Square Park and Gould St. on Ryerson University campus.

I was responsible for coordinating Buskerfest programming on Campus and negotiating sponsorship elements. I liaised with the Buskerfest Festival Director to ensure Ryerson policies and procedures were adhered to as well as Toronto City regulations concerning emergency street protocols.

Attendance:

Open to the public.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Pre-Event Planning/Onsite Event Logistics & Management
  • Budget Creation and Management
  • Site Selection & Sponsorship Negotiation
  • Hiring Staff
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Post Event Reporting
  • Flex Hours

TO2015: PrideHouseTO Celebrates! Village Festival

What Was It?

Ryerson University, a founding member of PrideHouseTO at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games was involved in PrideHouseTO – Pan Am activities, including a central hub Pavilion at the 519 Church Street Community Centre.

Ryerson University hosted an interactive street level booth with a sports theme during the festival in a positive space for LGBTQ communities in Ontario to enjoy the Games. Taking place between 12noon-6:00pm every Saturday and Sunday in July 2015 the booth ran on Church Street in downtown Toronto in the CIBC Sports Zone.

Summer 2015 I was responsible for event coordination and communication of all TO2015 Events at Ryerson University. This included developing, implementing and managing outreach initiatives.

I spearheaded and managed the development and execution of the Ryerson booth and all its programming, including being on site each weekend. I coordinated with various internal stakeholders to provide promotional material, giveaways and games. I collaborated with EDI and Positive Space for diversity and sensitivity training and Security for emergency training of 30+ volunteers.

My goal was to connect and collaborate with various departments across campus to assist with delivering TO2015 programming to enhance Ryerson’s reputation in the community. Fostering interdepartmental relationships is important for me because not only does it bridge talents from specialized areas of study, which Ryerson is known for, but it also forges relationships, creating hubs of activity where everyone is working towards the same goal of maintaining and enhancing the Ryerson image.

Visit the PrideHouseTO: CIBC Sports Zone album on Facebook.

Attendance:

Open to the Public.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Pre-Event Planning/Onsite Event Logistics & Management
  • Budget Creation & Management
  • Décor
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Recruiting, Hiring & Training Volunteers
  • Post Event Reporting
  • Flex Hours

TO2015: Documentary Video Shorts

What Was It?

Toronto hosted the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games during the months of July and August. Ryerson University was a host venue for Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball.

Summer 2015 I was responsible for event coordination and communication of all TO2015 Events at Ryerson University. This included developing, implementing and managing outreach initiatives.

My goal was to connect and collaborate with various departments across campus to assist with delivering TO2015 programming to enhance Ryerson’s reputation in the community.

Fostering interdepartmental relationships is important for me because not only does it bridge talents from specialized areas of study, which Ryerson is known for, but it also forges relationships, creating hubs of activity where everyone is working towards the same goal of maintaining and enhancing the Ryerson image.

Four Ryerson students competed in TO2015. I wanted to highlight these accomplishments. For this project I initiated the execution of two documentary shorts portraying ‘the day in the live of’ Ryerson Student Athletes competing in the TO2015 Games. I reached out to RU Student Life and collaborated with them to make this project possible. Videos were rolled out with a marketing campaign during TO2015.

Watch the videos:
Video 1
Video 2

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Pre-Project Planning
  • Photography & Film
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Flex Hours

The 519 TreeHouse Party

What Was It?

The 519 Green Space TreeHouse Party is one of the largest outdoor parties at Pride located in Ryerson’s Quad. For the third year in a row Ryerson partnered with The 519 Church Street Community Centre to host the TreeHouse Party.

I was onsite Supervisor for the duration of the weekend event. I maintained effective working relationships with the 519 Church Street and liaised with departments and units across Campus in order to effectively deliver one of the major fundraising events for The 519. I dealt with emergencies and troubleshooted all onsite concerns / needs during the event while adhering to Ryerson’s policies and procedures and ensured contractual / sponsorship elements were maintained.

Attendance:

~2500.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Pre-Event Planning/Onsite Event Logistics & Management
  • Budget Management
  • Photography & Film
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Recruiting, Hiring & Training Staff
  • Post Event Reporting
  • Flex Hours

SLC – Grand Opening

What Was It?

The Official Grand Opening of the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre (SLC) located at Yonge & Gould Streets in Downtown Toronto. Guests included Government, Donors, VIP’s, Staff & Students.

I was the Event Lead for CGCE and liaised with various vendors & committees to coordinate event logistics for the Grand Opening of the SLC.

Watch the Grand Opening video.

Attendance:

~180.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Pre-Event Planning/Onsite Event Logistics & Management
  • Budget Creation & Management
  • Hiring Vendor(s)/Staff
  • Catering/Food & Beverage
  • Décor/Photography
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Audio Visual & Staging Coordination
  • Program Development
  • Registration/Database
  • Post Event Reporting
  • Flex Hours

Images 001-005 courtesy of Clifton Li Photography

President’s Holiday Celebration & Skate

What Was It?

Held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formally Maple Leaf Gardens) this event was to celebrate the end of a successful year at Ryerson, and begin the Holiday Season with students, faculty, staff and their families from across the University. Complementary pairs of skates were available at the rink.

Working closely with Ryerson Catering a seasonal menu was developed which was both elegant and kid friendly. A special ‘kids only’ dessert table was also added. Being in the cool interior of the MAC you already feel transported into winter. Playing off this and the white interior of the building, I wanted to transport guests into a winter wonderland. This was achieved through the use of frosty silvery linens, punches of deep reds, associated with the festive season, and brining in design elements which were colourful, crisp and clean.

Event highlights included the following:

  • Food Drive for Ryerson Good Food Room
  • 50/50 draw for United Way Campaign
  • Skate on Home Ice
  • Photo Booth with Facebook gallery

Attendance:

500+

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Pre-Event Planning/Onsite Event Logistics & Management
  • Budget Creation and Management
  • Site/Venue Selection and Negotiation
  • Hiring Vendor(s)/Staff
  • Catering/Food & Beverage
  • Décor/Photography
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Audio Visual Coordination
  • Recruiting & Training Staff & Volunteers
  • Post Event Reporting
  • Flex Hours

Images 03-014 courtesy of Clifton Li Photography

OPSEU Local 596 Sponsorship’s

What Was It?

To promote community building and to engage in positive Union development I negotiated two sponsorship agreements with the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formally known as Maple Leaf Gardens).

  1. Negotiated sponsorship agreement with MAC for 2015/2016 Ryerson Rams Hockey Season.
    • In-Ice Logo placement.
    • Season Long VIP: Recognition on video board, priority seating & concession items.
    • Sponsor reel inclusion, Logo recognition as preferred partner on MAC Website.
  2. Negotiated sponsorship agreement with MAC for 2014 CIS Men’s Final 8 Basketball Championship.
    • Logo Recognition.
    • All-event VIP Passes & Floor level seating.
    • Single Session tickets with Private Fan Fest Access & Shoot Around on the Court.
    • 20 Single Session Charitable Donation Tickets with group welcome on video board.

I ran an online contest for members to win tickets to these events.

Participant Feedback:

2015/2016 Ryerson Rams Hockey Season:

Had a great time even though Ryerson lost. My fiancé came with me so it was like a date nite. We had hot dogs, drinks, popcorn and chocolate bars, cheered with fans along with the Ryerson cheerleaders, blow horn, drum which was really a pot and wooden spoon, cow bell….. lots fun.
Thanks again!

2014 CIS Men’s Final 8 Basketball Championship:

Went to the game and it was amazing! Did not realize how lively the fans are! It was really nice to see a bunch of our colleagues there as well, even if some came and went as their schedule permitted. To top it all, it was a really good game! The Rams men’s basketball team is so focused and motivated! Loved the coaches’ professionalism, and it was good to see our leaders there as well! Makes one feel like they belong!
Nicely done!

I attended. This was a good initiative. Hope to see other events that OPSEU is able to participate

I’d like to take a minute to thank you for being a part of the 2015 CIS Men’s Basketball Final 8 Championships. The event was a success, and none of it could have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Pre-Event Planning
  • Sponsorship Negotiation
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Registration/Database
  • Post Event Reporting
  • Flex hours

Retiree Celebration

What was it?

To recognize the valued contribution of retiring employees from the university. This celebration was held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in the Alumni Lounge and connected employees from various departments in an opportunity to celebrate their achievements together.

Retirees and their guests joined direct Managers, Deans and Directors along with the President, Chancellor, and Vice President’s who co-emcee the event. In an intimate and relaxed setting guests were acknowledged individually on stage and presented with a small parting gift.

For décor I decided to go with the traditional Ryerson colours of blue & gold. This was due to the nature of the event – I wanted to pay tribute to the Ryerson colours alongside the employees who were retiring. I designed floral arrangements in colours of the season and in complementary shades that also added a pop of colour against the linens. Enough flowers were ordered so that retirees could take an arrangement home. Hors d’oeuvres were passed and bar service was available. After the official program guests were invited to stay and watch a Ryerson Ram’s Men’s Hockey game in the comfort of the Alumni Lounge.

Attendance:

50-75 annually.

Working with the Recognition Project Lead in HR department; I managed and coordinated all event logistics, making this night a memorable one for the employees who retired from Ryerson.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Pre-Event Planning/Onsite Event Logistics & Management
  • Budget Management
  • Site/Venue Selection and Negotiation
  • Catering/Food & Beverage
  • Décor/Photography
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Audio Visual & Staging Coordination
  • Program Development & Script Writing
  • Brief Writing
  • Special Access Requirements
  • Registration/Database
  • Post Event Reporting
  • Flex Hours

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Images 02-05 courtesy of Clifton Li Photography