Organize an Event

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You too can take part in the celebrations by organizing an event to mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty as Queen of Canada. If you need ideas, we have lots of them!

Consult the calendar of events to find an activity in your community.

Do not forget that you can receive community funds for your project. You can also order some Diamond Jubilee promotional materials or feature the Diamond Jubilee Emblem to promote your event.

All parties wishing to use the Diamond Jubilee Emblem are asked to first provide a description and detailed sketch of the intended use to the Department of Canadian Heritage. For more information, see Guidelines for Non-Government Use of the Diamond Jubilee Emblem.

7 Tips to Ensure a Successful Event

Start early

Start planning your Diamond Jubilee community celebration now. Join with other organizations or individuals to form an organizing committee or keep things informal by holding your own neighbourhood meetings. When choosing your committee members, try to keep a balance between creative and practical individuals, include those who have special organizational and promotional skills and make sure you have individuals who are representative of your community.

Get together for a brainstorming session

Review our list of suggested activities to get you started and come up with your own creative ideas. Consider linking Diamond Jubilee celebrations with municipal, provincial/territorial or national key dates or holidays.

Develop a realistic budget

A simple, well-organized event is always preferable to a lavish celebration that you are not able to afford. Keep within your means and everyone one will be able to enjoy themselves.

Secure support for your activity

Money, services, volunteer assistance – you need all these forms of support. Your activity cannot be successful without community involvement. A successful fundraising drive requires good organization. Involve the businesses in your community by inviting them to donate goods or services.

Recruit volunteers of all ages. Encourage people to participate and remind them that the Diamond Jubilee celebration is their event.

Remember, you must acknowledge financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage in all promotional materials in a manner consistent with the Public Acknowledgment of Canadian Heritage Financial Assistance guidelines.

Plan a detailed schedule and delegate

Try to prevent last-minute problems by assigning to each member of the organizing committee a different task along with a deadline. Ensure that all involved know clearly what is expected of them. If you take the trouble to do this in the beginning, it will save you great deal of confusion in the end.

Publicize your activity

Media coverage and other forms of advertising are necessary for any event. Advertising can be expensive, however, so an effective way to get media attention is to involve local media right from the beginning. Ask them to promote your activity as a public service. Have people in your community put up posters, deliver flyers, and spread the news by word of mouth. Ask local businesses, hotels and restaurants to lend a hand.

Ensure your celebration is accessible to all

Ensure that your activity is fully accessible to everyone in your community, including those with disabilities.