Featured Vancouverite: Kimberly Rohachuk

Kimberly RohachukHometown: Calgary, Alberta

How long have been a Vancouverite? I have been a Vancouverite for over 30 years and wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Occupation:
I am the Co-founder and President of Eventsage, a ground breaking start-up company that is the first event planning website and online tool that is solely focused on delivering planning solutions for companies and individuals. The website is for people in roles such as admin professionals, office managers, executive assistants, and many more, who do not have the time and experience to plan an event, or the budget to hire a professional event planner. It provides a DIY approach to support these hard working individuals and save them time and stress by providing a one-stop resource to find trusted event suppliers, creative ideas and plan awesome events like pro.

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Featured Vancouverite: Kimberly Rohachuk

My Olympic Diary: Good Bye Vancouver

My Mom and I cheering at the Ice Dance Finals

This will be my final blog post from Vancouver, but I hope not the final post on the Vancouver 2010 Olympics themselves.  We are leaving for the airport in a few hours. Unfortunately the Olympics are over and it is time for us to return to Toronto.  Even though the Olympic events have ended, I really hope the spirit of them has not.  Coming into the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, I had no idea what to expect from Canadians. We are known as modest people, quiet in our love for our country and support of our athletes.  I really thought I would go to events in Vancouver and there would be a minimum amount of cheering.  Was I ever wrong about that.  The energy and noise from Canadians at events and in the streets of Vancouver was huge! I think the entire world and Canadians were taken by surprise at the level of enthusiasm we exuded during these games.  Countless people had Canada flags draped around them, maple leaf tattoos on their faces, Canada apparel on pretty much everybody and a complete willingness to show and tell others how much we love Canada.  Complete strangers in the street were your friends, so many high fives, hugs and “Go Canada” passed around the streets of Vancouver.  I have never seen anything like it.   I don’t even think I am doing a good job of portraying what it was like.  It was so special to be here and be witness to these Olympics Games, the athletes involved and the people who supported them.

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My Olympic Diary: Good Bye Vancouver

My Olympic Diary – Closing Ceremony

Flag bearers carry in the flags of their country.

Sorry for my absence the last few days. I think I under estimated the time it would take to blog during the busy Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Since I last posted about Figure Skating, I’ve seen our Women’s Short Track speed skaters win a Silver medal in the relay, watched our Men’s and Women’s Curling teams win their semi final matches and move on to the Gold medal round, and I saw the Canada Men’s hockey team play against Germany early last week.  All events I attended were loudly supported and cheered on by my fellow Canadians.  And now it is time for these amazing Winter Olympic Games to come to an end.

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My Olympic Diary – Closing Ceremony

Olympic Basics: Surviving the queue

The Coca-Cola pavilion inside LiveCity Yaletown: Free Coke awaits those who can brave the queue.

It’s a reality that we’re all going to have to face up to: the Olympic queue.  With an estimated 250,000 fans and athletes in town for the Games, expect line-ups for just about everything, from restaurants to washrooms to Olympic events and celebrations.  With that much waiting around, you’ve got to have a plan.  I think I discovered mine at LiveCity Yaletown this afternoon, one of the two celebration zones in downtown Vancouver.

First off: Whatever you do, don’t drive.  Streets were chaos today, with the Olympic flame slowly winding its way across downtown Vancouver.  Mass transit is great, as is walking or hopping on a bike.  I haven’t been on a bicycle in years, but I oiled up my chain and put on my helmet for my first trek to LiveCity Yaletown.  Pulling into David Lam Park, I dropped off my ride at the free bike valet service operating just outside the entrance.  No waiting in traffic, no struggle to find parking, no headaches.

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Olympic Basics: Surviving the queue

Counting Down the Hours!

Normally, when you walk the streets of Downtown Vancouver before 7.00am, you are lucky if people make eye contact with you. It is not that people are rude, typically we are huddled in our coats, sipping on our coffee, focusing on the day ahead. It was a completely different vibe this morning.

Downtown Vancouver was electric. Even at 6.30am, there were people everywhere, smiling, laughing, saying hello. It was fantastic.  Athletes, officials, visitors, everyone was pumped for the day ahead.  Why? Because this Clock is finally out of days. The Olympic Countdown clock was installed 3 years ago on the lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery and now it is counting down the HOURS until the start of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.

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Counting Down the Hours!

Cultural Olympiad 2010

Talking Stick Festival is just one of 200 events that are part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

An unprecedented celebration of the arts and popular culture in honour of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad 2010 kicks off its incredible 60-day festival Friday, January 22.

Encompassing nearly 200 events—many of them free—that range from the Aboriginal Talking Stick Festival to one-man plays, Francophone comedians, music festivals, operas, symphonies, art exhibits, dance marathons, and more, the Cultural Olympiad is a non-stop feast for the eyes, ears, body, and spirit. It’s the perfect prelude and accompaniment to the 2010 Olympics.

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Cultural Olympiad 2010