Gain Relevant Event-Planning Experience through Your Local Rec Centres

Gain Relevant Event-Planning Experience through Your Local Rec Centres

By: Samantha Gaston | ENGAGE Blog Writer
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As an event volunteer for the North Van Rec’s ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’, Hayley McPhie was not expecting to end up in a bunny costume reading stories to hordes of kids and their families. Originally slated for helping with refreshments and crafts tables, a last-minute hiccup resulted in the Cap U student being pushed out of her comfort zone and taking on the storytelling role, and she says it was a blast. If you’re considering a career in event-planning, helping out with your local recreation or community centre is a great way to gain some relevant experience and have some fun along the way.

Following a stint in the event-planning program at BCIT and a few volunteer experiences as a wedding planner, Hayley realized she wasn’t cut out for dealing with demanding bridezillas and opted to focus on a kinesiology major and recreational programming instead. To gain experience in recreational programming, Hayley has been volunteering for events through the North Van Rec Commission. Originally Hayley was wary that these volunteer positions would consist of setting up tables, but she’s happy to report that the volunteer co-ordinators she’s worked with have given her plenty of responsibility and have been very generous with information and resources. She also says her experiences have helped her make some great connections and have further developed her organization, teamwork, and leadership skills. If this sounds like the right fit for you, check out the community and recreation centres in your area and apply today (bunny ears not required)!

Posted on June 24, 2013