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 29, 2012


Judy McWhirter
Buckhorn Community Centre

Celebrating 35 Years

"Key to Success … LISTS"

"THE INSIDE SCOOP" continues speaking with Judy McWhirter, Manager of the Buckhorn Community Centre. I go on to ask Manager Judy McWhirter.

"To be as successful as you are Judy, it would seem you would need to maintain your professionalize and composure. Perhaps volunteers/vendors/visitors require your attention at peak moments during an event (problems that need immediate answers). I wondered if you have a system to help you stay organized and could you share some of your "secrets" with us! " The reply ... "LISTS! ... What has to be done . check it off it you do it. Have some key volunteers that will make decisions on things". Can you share some "problem solving techniques" used during a special event! (For example . a busload of visitors that were not planned for, weather conditions, volunteers/staff being absent due to unforeseen emergencies, running out of "supplies" during an event, etc.) Ms. McWhirter states . "Always try to book floater volunteers in case someone forgets to come or is ill. Depending on the supplies, always have something in back-up. Think ahead if the weather will be inclement and try to be prepared!"
(To Be Continued)

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