Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Judy McWhirter
Buckhorn Community Centre

Celebrating 35 Years


Getting "THE INSIDE SCOOP" Ontario Visited focuses on specific questions that may help festivals, events, organizers, and others interested in SUCCESS in their endeavors! For this edition, I was fortunate to grab a few moments with Judy McWhirter, Manager of the Buckhorn Community Centre.
Judy McWhirter has been involved with the Buckhorn Community Centre for 28 years. Starting as a part-time cleaner, she now has spent the last 26 years as the Manager. I wondered if Judy had any previous experience to which she tells me "no experience what so ever!" With the success of the Buckhorn Community Centre, it is clear that Judy was a quick study. Some of the daily duties/roles at the Centre include booking, creating event, managing volunteers and I would imagine lots more.
For many festivals and events, it is critical to have volunteers! I said to Judy ..."You have a wonderful program available and in place Judy, congratulations! I will be writing "excerpts" from your program to share with THE INSIDE SCOOP readers, but I still have a few questions for you here. I asked Ms. McWhirter what she attributes the success and longevity the Buckhorn Community Centre. She replies ... "Our volunteers are awesome and dedicated to the BCC's success". I asked Judy if she could share with us some techniques on managing so many volunteers. She states ... "Always, Always, Always have coffee breaks, water, and snacks and feed them!" Also ... "You can never say thank you enough!"
 (To Be Continued)

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