2018 Year in Review
Can you believe it?! We’re already half way through the month of December.
2019 is going to be here in a flash.
BUT… Before we share the goods on where we’re going in 2019, we want to take a minute and reflect on all the amazing things that have happened this year.
At the end of 2017, I put the intention out into the world that I wanted to leave the corporate world to try and run this business full time. Any by the end of Q1, it came true! I put in a bid for a BIG project with almost no runway. When I got the thumbs up on the bid, they basically told me I was starting the next day. And I never looked back.
May was a HUGE month for us!
In collaboration with YELL Canada and PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs, Western Canada Young Entrepreneur Showcase took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre. We welcomed more than 800 attendees, 400+ of whom were middle school and high school students; we were joined by 30 of the best entrepreneurs, investors and consultants to act as “dragons” during our student pitches; and we were privileged to have former Governor General David Johnston, former owner of Vega Charles Chang, and Tara Bosche of SmartSweets give keynote sessions throughout the day.
Joining 2,000 other students, we brought our students to the BCTECH Summit for Youth Innovation Day.
We teamed up with the BC Civil Liberties Association to plan their 2018 Liberty Awards Gala. Inspired by the Pacific Northwest, we used their brand colours to create a pretty sweet experience for their guests. And more importantly, raise them a ton of money to continue doing what they do best.
The summer was jam packed with wedding season, but then it was heads down for a busy Fall.
First up was a pilot fundraiser called Great Wines benefitting Access Pro Bono. What a fun evening with incredible wine tastings, delicious food, and a buzzing business community.
We launched the Cascadia Wedding Show into the world! Not only was it Vancouver’s first wedding show on the North Shore, it was the first focused on ethical sustainable weddings. With a goal to shift the mindset of the industry, we’re on a mission to prove that you can have the pretty while also being gentle to the planet.
No rest for the…. busy? A couple days later, we helped Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism Association plan their Craft Beer Week Launch Party. With 8 North Shore breweries providing tasters, live music all night, and some beautiful weather, the Pipe Shop was hoppin’.
We teamed up with Project Change Foundation to host their annual fundraiser, which included a fascinating panel discussion on how to live your best life.
Aside from the these big events that we feel so blessed to have been a part of, Clearwater was up for a couple of awards!
Honeybook, Rising Tide Society, Gusto, and Peerspace teamed up to create an initiative called 20ONTHERISE - a celebration of individuals who are making waves and raising the tide. Not a popularity contest, 20 On The Rise is a curated list of 20 rising stars in 5 categories nominated by the public and selected based on: empowerment, impact, purpose, and passion. And we were so.freaking.excited to be named one of the 20 finalists in the Event Professionals category.
SmallBusinessBC Awards nominee in both the category of Community Impact and People’s Choice.
These may be the highlights, but what an incredible year it has been! To the community that’s bought into what we do, has trusted us to pull off some awesome things, we are grateful for you!
In our final blog post of 2018 we’ll be sharing what we’re committing to in 2019 with much more intention. Stay tuned!