Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Well we finally have some pictures to share. In fact now I have a ton, which means I'll actually have to get myself organized and create some albums. These pictures are from Lisa Charters, Kara's sister. Lisa was the manager of our registration and check-in. (she is also the SVP Director Digital at Random House of Canada Limited !! visit her at www.randomhouse.ca and www.Booklounge.ca)

I am thrilled that these are the first pictures I received because, coincidentally, they are of the beginning of the day, before the 'shopping' even began. There are lots of pictures of our volunteers, each station team, and even Kara and I. Kara is in yellow and I am in peach. (we were thinking dakbands when we coordinated our outfits!)

So the day began like this:

All our volunteers arrived between 8:00 and 8:30 am (yikes!). We provided lots of fresh coffee and yummy breakfast snacks to make up for the early hour. At 8:45 we began our Team Meeting where Kara and I (pictures of us on stage) outlined the day, introduced our Station Managers and then assigned everyone to a station. Then basically from 9:00 to 11:30 each group was responsible for organizing and displaying all their merchandise (we gave them carte blanche). It was a ton of work, but our volunteers and team managers were so awesome that it all went of without a hitch. By the time the first 'shoppers' appeared at 11:30 we were ready. At noon, we had pizza brought for volunteers and moved all our snacks and treats to a private lounge where volunteers could go throughout the afternoon for a break and something to eat.

Shopping was from noon until 4:00 pm, but we finished early. (It was a first come, first serve event, so most shoppers were there right at the stroke of twelve!). From 4:00 until 5:30 we packed up, swept up and generally shared stories of how wonderful each and every young lady looked as their outfits came together. "Did you see the girl in the beautiful brown gown, she looked like a princess!", or, " Oh, did you see the girl in the red strapless number? Amazing!!".......everyone had a favourite, and at the same time, they were ALL favourites.

Enjoy the pictures....more to come tomorrow.....

(P.S. Sorry for all the 're-posts' the pictures in the slideshow keep flipping once it posts!!)

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