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Fraser: Youth coordinator brings life to the party at rec district

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News
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There’s a new smiling face among the staff at Fraser Valley Recreation as the new coordinator for school-age programs and special events takes her position.

Janelle Vincent is looking forward to what the year has in store for her and Grand County.

Vincent “was literally jumping up and down” after she heard she had been invited to come to Fraser for her new position. Fresh from Johnson and Wales University, Miami Campus with a bachelor’s degree in sports, entertainment and event management, she was searching for a good fit for months before she saw the employment ad on the Internet.

Vincent knew that event planning was her passion as far back as her mother’s Memorial Day parties growing up in Tampa, Fla.

“I couldn’t wait every year for it,” she said.

She liked the planning process of it all, she explained ” helping set up tables and for an attendance that grew from around 10 guests to more than 100.

As Vincent searched for her career path, her mother reminded her of those annual parties and suggested she try her hand at event planning.

As of last Monday the new coordinator opened the door to a host of events: After-school programs (computer activities, arts and crafts, and outside play), Friday field trips (in February), day camps, and special events (like the Daddy Daughter Dance coming up).

Vincent said she’s excited about the possibilities her new position holds.

Although she moved to the Fraser Valley from a large city, Vincent is adjusting to and enjoying life at a slower pace.

“Here, I can take my time and think things through,” she said, comparing it to her internship hosting some major events with fairly large crowds for the city of Hollywood, Fla. “My biggest challenge here (will) be trying to slow down and get out of the big-city phase.”

She has a lot of new ideas for the program “down the road,” but, for now, she is having fun getting to know everyone and hopes that she can provide a great environment for kids to learn social skills and broaden their cultural horizons.

“I was looking forward mostly to living in the snow, which I never have before. But, since that is an every day event here, now I am just looking forward to … well, everything,” she said.


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