First Vancouver 55+ LIfestyle Show Successful
I'm just back from our first 55+ Lifestyle Show in Vancouver and although I'm incredibly tired, I'm happy to report that we were successful in creating an event that started with a lineup of visitors eager to be the first in the doors and that energetic vibe continued for most of the day.
The first presentation at noon consisted of a panel of four women who re-invented themselves later in life, moderated by Cheryl Wilson-Stewart, founder of The Red Shoe Zone blog. All chairs were filled and it was standing room only for those who trickled in a little late. Sparked by the purchase of a pair of red shoes, Cheryl created the Red Shoe Zone as a place to tell the stories of inspiring women who conquered the unknown and their own fears to create a life they love.
The next seminar by Sigma Wealth, Scotia McLeod also played host to a full room, giving poignant examples of how managing your money effectively can make retirement less stressful and provide fulfillment in later life.
The seminars continued with only one break during the day, engaging attentive audiences and providing Q&A after each presentation.
BC Perio gave us a glimpse of their beautiful, state of the art facilities and impressive expertise in providing patients with new teeth in just a day. We heard the testimonials of several patients whose lives were changed as a result of the work that Dr. Bobby Birdi, Dr. Ron Zokol perform. The presentation and atmosphere in the seminar was a real life example of the care and teamwork this business provides to their customers.
Jennifer Logan of Amica Mature Lifestyles provided an animated presentation on "The Six Pillars of Wellness & Vitality" that kept the energy high in the room. Jennifer addressed the emotional, physical, social, intellectual, vocational and spiritual elements of wellness and how one needs all six for a balanced and fulfilling life.
John Fries and Susan Zanders of Verico followed next with a really clear description of how reverse mortgages can provide significant benefits to homeowners. Turning the equity of your home into an accessible cash flow that lets you live your dreams without having to move out of your home, can provide a stress-free solution for people who want to live a quality life right to the end.
A fast-paced show of Vancouver fashion designer Jan Stimpson's Sympli line followed. Moderated by Lin Rockwell of Phoenix boutique in North Vancouver, and assisted by several dynamic models, including a guest appearance by Deborra Hope, we were treated to a display of nearly 300 garments created by Jan. Sympli's mission is to design versatile garments that accommodate everybody regardless of age, shape, size & style. Jan's belief that all women are beautiful and should feel comfortable in their own skin was evident in the design, colors and artistry of each piece. Working with layers, fabric that withstands wrinkles, and solid colors, the outfits were stunning and had audience members planning their next shopping trip to include some of these lovely pieces in their wardrobe .
The day ended with retired TV anchor Deborra Hope talking about her current life which includes hosting tours with Collette Vacations. Her trademark warmth and humor was evident as she described how her life has changed and the challenges it brought, along with the opportunities. Tom McLean of Collette Vacations finished off the presentation with some breath-taking imagery and stories about river cruising through Europe - a taste of the next tour that Deb will host in 2016.
I poked my head in the room for each seminar, and was thoroughly impressed by the quality of the information presented, as well as the engaging way in which each presenter captured the attention of the audience.
I want to express my utmost appreciation to every business that joined us for this inaugural event. I had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with about half the exhibitors, and was pleased to hear that they had very positive comments about their interactions with the attending public. Many remarked that they were able to engage at length with the attendees and it was this relationship-building aspect that they find most fruitful. We've certainly find the same to be true at our Victoria event, which we've hosted for 10 years. Although the two shows are quite different, the common thread is the opportunity businesses have to engage face to face with our readers.
It would be amiss not to say a note of appreciation to the Creekside Community Centre. The staff were incredibly helpful and supportive from beginning to end. Anything we needed, they stepped up to supply.
We were amazed to learn that we had visitors from as far away as White Rock and Abbotsford, some taking multiple modes of transportation to get there for the day - like the 20 women from a Richmond walking group who skytrained it to the event and arrived in high spirits. Many visitors had not seen this beautiful venue and its breathtaking setting along False Creek so they were delighted to have the opportunity to visit our event and then take a stroll through the eclectic Olympic Village neighborhood.
Thank you to the supporting sponsors who offered the door prizes; Fairmont Chateau Whistler for providing a 3-day retreat package; Accent Inns for their gift certificate of 2 nights accommodation at any of their hotels.
And finally, to my staff, the contractors and suppliers who met all expectations and beyond....THANK YOU. Your generous support and participation was truly amazing.
We will be posting some photos and video footage on our website and social media soon.