2016 Reflection and Recognition
Last night, we held our 2nd annual holiday party to celebrate achievements and take some time out of the busy season to connect with one another socially. It was so amazing to watch the buzz in the room – friends laughing over a glass of wine and new connections being made.
This year has been a big year for us here at Mamas & Co. With nearly 250 members by November, the Facebook Forum and our events have been jam-packed with insights, lesson-sharing, support, story-telling, and most importantly connections and collaborations. Here's a look at what we were up to this year, and some special recognition for 3 members who received awards at last night's event.
Looking back on the year, it’s been pretty fantastic! We launched our first full-day conference, MamaCon. We hosted monthly meet-ups for networking and learning with seminars ranging from Your Money Mindset with Hina Khan to a Healthy Living for Busy Mamas panel with Rebecca Earl (sleep expert), Danielle Binns (nutritionist) and Reena Parekh (fitness trainer).
We also had a packed house for Learning Labs on topics like Facebook Ads with Bebo Mia, Website SEO with Annie Bernatchez and Jenna Kalinsky, and Marketing with Sarah Minielly. And that’s just a small sample of everything we learned about this year! We’ve already started planning next year’s calendar, and we’re really excited for what’s in store.
None of this year would have been possible without our incredible members. They volunteer their expertise and offer support on the Forum and in our Council. They give seminars to help grow others’ businesses. They come to events to meet new people, build stronger connections, and never stop learning. Our members truly are exceptional.
At the holiday party, we took a moment to recognize a few members who stood out in different areas – a little surprise recognition and award to thank them for their continued support. Here’s a recap of who got what.
Biggest Booster: So many of our members come to us through word of mouth. And we love it. Because if our members like you enough to be recommending us, chances are you’ll fit right in! When we looked back at who has been our biggest fan, a few names popped up. But Emily Doukogiannis of Emily D Photography stood out – thank you Emily for your kind and generous words of support! (We had to look at the numbers for this one, and Hina Khan came a close second!)
Community Ambassador: We wanted to recognize someone who truly embodies what Mamas & Co. is all about. This person consistently offers support without asking for anything in return, invests in herself and her business, volunteers her time and services to charitable causes, and is in it for all the right reasons. Thank you, Danielle Lewis of Attn2Detail Designs for everything you do!
Rookie of the Year: This award recognizes someone who launched her business this year, was a new member, and jumped in with both feet. She started from scratch, and within a few months had a co-working space up and running and was even written up in the Globe and Mail. She also came out to almost every one of our events to learn and meet new people. Congratulations to Diane Chevelard and her business Working Ensemble! We are so excited for what 2017 has in store for you!
Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past two years. If you haven’t already grabbed your 2017 membership, join now to gain or maintain access to our members’ forum and upcoming events! We look forward to continuing to provide you with incredible content while building a supportive and engaged community to help you succeed and grow – personally and professionally. Let us know in the comments what you're looking forward to in 2017!