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Event Planners Gear Up for Holiday Season

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Event Coordinator and Management program preps grads to be leaders behind the scenes

Vancouver, BC - October 15, 2009 - From awards ceremonies and industry galas to corporate retreats and holiday parties, another busy season for event coordinators is about to begin. As companies gear up for year-end conferences and holiday celebrations, they look to event planning professionals to select locations, organize menus and oversee the preparation that will make their events run smoothly. For those interested in a career in event planning, CDI College offers an Event Coordinator and Management diploma.

With all of the minute details that event planning involves, it's easy to lose perspective. Successful event coordinators are able to think on their feet when it comes to the small stuff, without taking their eyes off the ultimate goal, says Jamie Murphy, an event planner and executive assistant in Vancouver.

"Stay focused on the big picture," says Murphy. "Of course, there will be a thousand little details that need to be looked after, but the one thing I remind myself each time I put an event together is, 'If it takes longer to write something down than to do it, then just do it.'"

Murphy, who has coordinated a wide range of events, including school graduations, corporate functions, sporting events and diplomatic galas, says good event coordinators also need to draw on their organizational and communication skills. Quite often, this means multi-tasking and delegating specific responsibilities to key people on their teams, especially when the coordinator is involved in managing multiple events.

"It's all about working behind the scenes and being organized," adds Murphy "but it can be a lot of fun. You also get a tremendous sense of satisfaction watching the event you've planned run smoothly, which, in the end, is a testament to your hard work and skills."

To prepare them for careers in event planning, students in the Event Coordinator and Management diploma program at CDI College learn about event staging, marketing and risk management. Students will also have the opportunity to plan and stage an event in the final weeks of coursework before heading out to a practicum placement to gain on-the-job experience. Full details of the Event Coordinator and Management diploma program available by filling out the form to your right.


October 3, 2016

CDI College Raises Over $4,200 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation

VANCOUVER, BC – October 3, 2016 – In honour of World Heart Day on September 29, CDI College spent the month of September raising money and awareness for cardiovascular health. Over $4,200 has been raised by our campuses nationwide. All proceeds will...Read More

August 23, 2016

ECEBC Announces New Student Bursary Program for Fall 2016

VANCOUVER, BC - August 23, 2016 - Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) has recently announced the launch of a new Student Bursary Program for new applicants this fall! For the semester of Fall 2016 (September - December), all students registered...Read More

August 18, 2016

You’re Invited to CDI College’s National Open House

Join us on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 6-8pm to discover the path to your new career! CDI College is hosting open houses on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 6-8pm at each of our campuses across Canada. Whether you’re in British Columbia, Alberta,...Read More

June 8, 2016

CDI College Congratulates Dental Assisting Grads on NDAEB Exam Success

CDI College's Dental Assisting Grads Score Higher Than National Average VANCOUVER, BC – June 8, 2016 – Congratulations to CDI College's Dental Assisting students from the Burnaby , Surrey , and Victoria campuses for not only achieving exceptional pa...Read More

May 3, 2016

CDI College Raises Over $6,100 at Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO on May 1st, 2016

VANCOUVER, BC – May 3, 2016 – This weekend, CDI College's campuses nationwide participated in the Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO, raising over $6,100 for the Kids Help Phone. On Sunday, May 1st, 2016, CDI College's campuses across Canada too...Read More

March 3, 2016

CDI College Raises Over $3,400 for Pink Shirt Day Fundraiser

VANCOUVER, BC – March 3, 2016 – Last week, CDI College campuses across the country raised over $3,400 at the Pink Shirt Day fundraiser, in support of CKNW Orphan’s Fund and Fondation Jasmin Roy’s anti-bullying initiatives. CDI College has always...Read More

February 22, 2016

CDI College Launches Pink Shirt Day Fundraiser to Support an End to Bullying

Vancouver, BC – February 22, 2016 – In support of Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, CDI College is encouraging all its staff, students, and everyone nationwide to wear pink to show support for anti-bullying programs across the count...Read More

February 10, 2016

Veterinary Assistant Info Session

Richmond, BC - February 10, 2016 - Start your path to a fun, playful, and exciting career as a veterinary assistant! How? Stop by CDI College’s Richmond campus on Saturday, February 20 from 10am – 12pm to learn more! Embrace your love for anima...Read More

February 10, 2016

Congratulations to the Abbotsford Graduates of 2016!

Abbotsford, BC - February 10, 2016 - Staff and students from CDI College's Abbotsford campus will celebrate the latest group of graduates at the spring graduation ceremony on Saturday, February 27,2016 from 1-3pm at the Cascade Community Church. The...Read More

February 9, 2016

CDI College's Burnaby and Surrey Dental Assisting Students Achieve 100% Passing Rates on NDAEB Exam

Burnaby & Surrey, BC – February 9, 2016 – Dental Assisting students from CDI College’s Burnaby and Surrey campuses should give themselves a pat on the back for achieving a 100% passing rate at this year’s National Dental Assisting Examining Boar...Read More