Creating memories and moments is something that I cherish.

Lauren Hollis

My Events Experience

One of the first things I helped plan was my 9th birthday. I wanted to throw myself a medieval birthday party and invite all of my friends from school. As the birthday queen, I gave out parchment scroll invitations tied with ribbon to my royal court, played games inspired by the times and provided my kingdom with the finest Crown Jewels that a nine-year-old at a dollar store could buy.

Since then, I have made it my mission to be involved in moments that could replicate that same feeling, but on a wider scale through experiences, marketing, communications, and community building.

I've actually managed to complete that mission a much younger me had set up for me in a multitude of ways.

AD HOC(KEY) Events

As part of my studies at George Brown College, I was given the task of conceptualizing, planning, and executing a virtual event.

My team decided to move forward with the concept of "A Conversation for CHANGE Speaker Summit" where we focused on topics of diversity and inclusion within hockey, namely surrounding BIPOC, the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and female athletes. 

I was a co-team lead for this event and I managed to nail down incredible speakers like Mark Fraser, a former Toronto Maple Leaf player and current Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Player Developer, Seroya Tinker, an advocate and defenceman for the PHF’s Toronto Six, and many more. I also worked on the logistics team with my other co-lead where we wrote our scripts, letters, and contracts. 

After having our panel discussions, exercise breaks and prize draws, we managed to raise over $1,600 for our charity, HEROS Hockey.

Carleton Journalism Society

I spent my entire undergraduate working my way up in Carleton Univeristy's Journalism Society (JSOC).

In my first year, I became a Year Representative where I helped lead the charge on year events and even planned a dodgeball tournament.

In my second year, I became the society’s first-ever Gala Coordinator where I planned our New York Times-themed evening, picking and then decking out the venue in decor handmade on my apartment's dining room table, and going about hiring important personnel like a DJ and Photographer.

I was then elected to be JSOC’s Vice President in my third year and then President in my final year, handling everything from budget presentations, year representative selections, and planning or assisting on various events, which included proms, orientations, welcome nights, tournaments. Through my mandates, I also helped the executive and year representative teams conceptualize and materialize their goals.

Because of my heavy involvement in the School of Journalism, I was also lucky enough to sit on selection committees for the Dean of Faculty of Public Affairs and the Associate Director of the School of Journalism and Communications to provide a student’s point of view on the applicants.

City of Moncton

During my time working as an Event Coordinator for my hometown of Moncton's municipal government, I assisted in over 50 events. 

Working as a liaison between the city and various event leads, I had to be in constant contact with the planners of these events - both big like the annual Acadie Rock celebration or smaller events like the Moncton Highland Games. I also spent late nights preparing, executing and tearing down our city’s biggest events like our Canada Day celebration and RibFest.

During my summer there, I got to make site plans, maps, and create dossiers and presentations. Also, I got to see more of the city that I grew up in than ever before.

Carleton FPA Ambassador

I was selected by my school faculty, Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA), to represent them at events. 

In this position I help with set-up and tear down of events, welcoming and checking in guests to the events, providing information about the event, the location, or the faculty, and wrote post-event reflections.