Fun, Food – Fantastic 30th Anniversary!


If you were able to make it to the morning or evening event on November 24th, we thank you. If you weren’t able to come, we thought we would bring some of the fun to you! The following photo gallery will take you on a tour of the event festivities.

First stop – greetings with Karrianne!

After signing in and receiving an activity ballot in the reception area, it was off to meet the team, tour the new office and have a snack.

Karrianne greeting guests in our new reception area.

 

‘ Putt with Jeff ‘

This activity proved harder than it looked! Golfers had 3 chances at a hole-in-one. There were plenty of laughs to be heard as golfers did their best to score well.

Jeff at his ‘Putt with Jeff’ activity station.

 

Time for a snack in the boardroom

Carrot cake, fruit and cheese in the morning and chocolate strawberry mousse cake, wood fired pizza and fresh vegetables in the evening made for scrumptious snacking in our new boardroom.

Morning snack in the boardroom.

 

Jan cutting the cake to kick-start the morning festivities. 30 years was quite a celebration!

 

Bean Bag Toss with Daniela!

Daniela headed up the Bean Bag Toss. This activity was a team favourite – we all gave it a try prior to the event!

Daniela managing the ‘Bean Bag Toss’ in the open team work area (advisor studios pictured behind her).

 

Tea with Oolong Mike in the morning!

We thought it would be fun to have a tea tasting during the morning event and it was! Oolong Mike was a great host. He became a fan of tea when he lived in China and travels there annually to shop for teas. In 2015, he completed his certification as a Tea Sommelier with the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada. He is full of knowledge and passionate about tea. We all enjoyed learning about the selections he served.

Oolong Mike preparing for the morning tea tasting in the kitchen. In the background, Jennifer is helping with set up.

 

Wine with James in the evening!

James headed up the wine station in the kitchen at the evening event. His personal favourite was the Castillo del Moro Tempranillo/Syrah.

James getting ready for the first wine tasters at the evening event in the kitchen.

 

Team Spencer joined us at the evening event

Team Spencer (the family team we’re sponsoring this curling season) popped by just prior to competing in the Sunova Bonspiel – they won! You can meet the team here.

Team Spencer, made up of skip Barb Spencer and her daughters (from left: Barb, Allyson, Holly and Katie Spencer) with Jan at the evening event.

 

Spin-to-Win with Jennifer!

Participants able to complete some of the activities on the ballot were eligible to ‘Spin-to-Win’ with Jennifer. We had some pretty great prizes!

The prize table in our team room (prizes from left: fragrance warmers, Merci chocolates, red and white wine, Pulse journals and various tea prizes.

 

Chat with Moby

Hopefully everyone had a chance to touch base with Moby before leaving in the morning or evening.

Moby in the reception area.

 

Getting to know the Pulse Gallery

Two local artists from the Pulse Gallery joined us to talk about the art they created for our office. Kathleen Crosby painted 3 pieces for our reception area and two of Cindy Dyson’s paintings fit perfectly in our open office area. Both artists, along with Lesly Dawyduk of The Pulse Gallery fielded questions about the paintings. They were a warm and wonderful addition to our team for the day!

Our neighbours, The Pulse Gallery, in Johnston Terminal at the Forks.

 

Surprise for Jan!

We included a printed insert with the 30th anniversary event invitation for Jan’s clients. We asked you to share what working with Fraser & Partners has meant to you because we couldn’t think of anything that would mean more to her.

Jan absolutely loves her book! Here are some photos that capture the moment.

Jan opening her gift from the team.

First look at what is inside!

Realizing just how special this gift is thanks to the stories submitted.

Congratulations on 30 years Jan!

 

What a celebration!


Saturday, December 6th we held a holiday celebration and marked the semi-retirement of advisor Don Ross. We had a great turn out and loads of fun!

Guests were invited to have their picture taken in the ‘photo booth’ where photographer Janessa (Janessa Meaghen Photography & Videography) snapped pictures with or without elf hats (*see our team example to your right). Guests were asked to complete a special quiz about Don – intended to be a gentle roast – and entries were included in a draw for a grand prize. Those in attendance were asked to pick from a basket of Christmas decorations filled with special soaps (hand-made by our very own Jennifer Ostrowski). Buried in the decorations was a note for the lucky winners who were invited to choose a prize right on the spot.

The wine and cheese catered by Fenton’s Wine Merchants located here at The Forks was delicious. The kids enjoyed sweet treats and gifts from Santa!

Thank you to all who attended! For those who could not join us, we hope to see you at the next Fraser & Partners event!

 

Instructional Funspiel with Team Lyburn was a hit!


Instructional Funspiel with Team LyburnOn Saturday, March 15, 2014 twenty four of us met at Fort Rouge Curling Club to be instructed by Team Lyburn. Curlers were split into groups based on experience level to start. The intermediates were paired with Coach Gerry Sande and Lead Tyler Forrest. Groups of 4-5 beginners were coached by Skip William Lyburn, Third Alex Forrest and Lead Connor Njegovan. Intermediate curlers were analyzed and given some pointers on how to improve their game while beginners were taught the basics.

Once we all had a feel for the ice, we were split into teams balanced by experience level to curl a two end game. We then had a closest to the button contest. The team with the best combined score won curling rock coolers and the individual winner received a gift certificate for Safeway. All participants received a trophy and card signed by Team Lyburn – we expect these to become even more coveted keepsakes when Team Lyburn wins the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea – no pressure guys! We finalized the afternoon with a pizza party and Q&A with team.

Funspiel closest to the button standings:

Closest to the button table

Congratulations to Doug on the individual closest to the button score. He was just 3/4″ away from a perfect draw!

Our sponsorship of Team Lyburn was a first for Fraser & Partners. Our philosophy Life Aligned™ is about aligning your values and life vision with a financial strategy that makes it happen. Our corporate values are grounded in supporting the community and people who are invested in achieving their vision. Team Lyburn inspired us. Their journey to third place standing at the Provincials was a testament to the possibilities. We congratulate them on their success and hope they inspired you too.

 

 

Merry Christmas!


On Saturday, December 7th we held our first ‘Holiday Hunt’. Thank you to our participating teams. To all those who were unable to attend we hope you can join us for our next event.

About the Holiday Hunt

We thought this would be a fun event, but underestimated its reach! We had 4 teams in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Teams were provided with a folder and instructions, a shopping bag and ‘Spreading the Cheer’ name tags to identify them. Each team was given 45 minutes to complete the 8 tasks provided which included picking up items for our Christmas Hamper and doing nice things for people at The Forks. For each team who completed the activities within the allotted timeframe we donated a toy to the ‘Tower of Toys’ in The Forks Market (with all donations going to the Christmas Cheer Board). Five teams were able to meet the challenge while the other 2 gave an absolutely stellar effort!

Participant Feedback

Everyone reported they had fun. In particular, the kids who participated had a blast! Team number one’s 6 year old girl and 4 year old boy gave gifts to two children at the market and got chocolates back in return. They were delighted. Reports from other teams were that people who were approached with best wishes and free gifts were pleasantly surprised. The Forks vendors were helpful and got into the spirit. Best of all for us was hearing all the stories as teams returned from the Hunt. The positive energy was contagious!

The Hamper

The Christmas Cheer Board matched us up with a family of 5. Mom has four children, a 5 year old boy, 10 year old boy, 12 year old girl and 13 year old boy. We had so much fun filling the hamper with Christmas dinner items and gifts for the whole family!Holiday Hunt Hamper

The Forks Vendors

We worked with some great vendors at Johnston Terminal and The Forks Market. Special thanks to Two Rivers and the Forks Trading Company for their donation of a beautiful parka and mitts. They also helped us create our holiday magnets.

Bayshore Gifts in Glass

Dragon House

Espresso Junction

Forks Trading Company

Hartmont Candle Company

Kite and Kaboodle

SK8 Skates

Two Rivers

Food:

Finn McCue’s

Muddy Waters Smokehouse

Chilean Corner

Tall Grass Prairie Bread Co. & Deli

 

From our team to you and your family,

Merry Xmas