Winnipeg’s Top Cop Awards & Gala 2013


L-R: Winnipeg Top Cop 2013 Finalists – P/Sgt. Nicole Sabourin-Friesen, S/Sgt. Bud Guest, P/Sgt. Kirk Van Alstyne and P/Sgt. Nicholas Paulet

Events by Emma partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg to host the second annual Top Cop Community Volunteer Awards & Gala on November 8, 2013, at The Fairmont Winnipeg. After the great success of the inaugural event in 2012, we were thrilled to jump on board as the planning and decor sponsor for a second year in a row.

When the event was initiated in 2012, the Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg had a vision of putting together a night dedicated to honour and celebrate police officers who were making a positive difference in our community through volunteerism. We are so thrilled to have been able to work with the Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg to turn this event concept into reality, and to play a special part in thanking the men and women who serve in the WPS who are so dedicated to bettering our community.

This year, our four finalists P/Sgt. Nicholas Paulet, P/Sgt. Nicole Sabourin-Friesen, S/Sgt. Bud Guest and P/Sgt. Kirk Van Alstyne are true examples of local heroes. Nicholas, race director and founder of the Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon is going for the $1 million mark for the race’s 10th annual next May. All funds raised are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Nicole has spent hours at the Panthers Gymnastics Club as both their President, volunteer coordinator and even mural painter! Today she keeps busy with countless of other causes and initiatives. Bud is the director of the Winnipeg Police Service Community Golf Challenge, and established The Winnipeg Police Service Opportunity Scholarship in Memory of Injured and Fallen Officers at The University of Winnipeg. Finally, Kirk is the co-chair of Manitoba’s Motorcycle Ride for Dad and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the fight against prostate cancer.

Congratulations to all our finalists, and to Winnipeg’s Top Cop for 2013 – Nicole Sabourin-Friesen! Enjoy our favourite photos from the wonderful night.


The evening would have not been possible without our venue and dinner sponsor, The Fairmont Winnipeg.


The beautiful cymbidium orchids were put together by floral sponsors Academy Florists. Rentals and decor design by Events by Emma.


Last year’s Top Cop recipient Kevin Gibson invited the very talented (and adorable!) Status4 to perform during cocktail hour.


What an entrance! Winnipeg Police Pipe Band marched in our dignitaries, finalists and sponsors.


Upon us we had Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis and Justice Minister Andrew Swan join us for the evening.


Vina Dimayuga (courtesy of our entertainment sponsor, Folklorama Talent) graced the audience with the national anthem O’Canada and an impressive cover of Michael Buble – Feeling Good


Thank you to our dessert sponsors Chocolate Zen and High Tea Bakery for these personalized (and delicious!) Top Cop cookies!


Chief Devon Clunis acknowledges all the finalists and the importance of volunteerism in our community.


L-R: Ace Burpee (master of ceremonies), Norm Velnes (event co-chair), Mike Sutherland (President of the Winnipeg Police Association), Nicole Sabourin-Friesen (Winnipeg Top Cop winner), Chief Devon Clunis, Bruce Berven (event co-chair), Nicholas Paulet (finalist), Kirk Van Alstyne (finalist) and Bud Guest (finalist).


Cover band Purple City (courtesy of Folklorama Talent) kept the crowd dancing all through the night.


Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg members with some of our Events by Emma staff celebrating a successful year!

HUGE thank you to our photographer sponsor, Robert Lowdon Photography, for capturing the evening!

Also, thank you to our Design & Production Sponsors:
Planning & Decor: Events by Emma
Vendor and Dinner: The Fairmont Winnipeg
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Lighting: Elite Lighting
Florals: Academy Florists
Photography: Robert Lowdon Photography
Entertainment: Folklorama Talent
Dessert: Chocolate Zen Bakery and High Tea Bakery


22nd annual Guardian Angel Benefit


The 22nd annual Guardian Angel Benefit took place at the always wonderful RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre on Sunday, October 27, 2013.

For a third year in a row, Events by Emma has had the great pleasure to partner with CancerCare Manitoba on their annual Guardian Angel Benefit for Women’s Cancer. This year marked their 22nd year and brought together approx. 1,500 guests to one of Winnipeg’s largest tea parties.

Guest of honour and key speaker was the beautiful and very funny Fran Drescher, best known for her leading role as Fran Fine in the sitcom The Nanny. As a cancer survivor, and founder of the Cancer Schmancer Foundation, Fran spoke about her experiences fighting the disease and about how others can deal, and better yet prevent cancer.

Leading up to the big day, the event committee held a tea cup drive to collect tea cups to serve the 1,500 guests (you can read more about the tea cup drive here). The turn out was SO great, we were able to use some of the teacups to dress the tables as centre pieces and even act as decor around the auction area. Each donated tea cup had a story and some of those stories were shared on the projectors during the event. At the end of the day, guests were welcomed to leave with their tea cup.

Aside from the adorable sandwiches, delicious dainties and endless supply of tea, the event also included a photo booth, live music, one of Winnipeg’s biggest rainbow auction and a very inspiring fashion show which incorporated cancer survivors as their beautiful models.

We can’t wait until next year!

guardian angelThank you Ian Mccausland for the great photos!



The 19th annual Special Olympics Festival took place at the Delta Winnipeg on Friday, October 25, 2013

The 19th annual Special Olympics Festival took place at the Delta Winnipeg on Friday, October 25, 2013.

Special Olympics Manitoba has a special and important place at Events by Emma. For the past few years, we’ve been fortunate to work with the amazing and hardworking staff at Special Olympics Manitoba on their annual fall gala as their planning and decor sponsor.

We had a ton of fun this year with their “Gold Gala” theme. A few details that tied everything together was a customized gold bar, gold stage backdrop, and gold signature drinks.

One of our favourite highlights of this year’s event was the beautiful ‘Gold Artistic Statuettes’ (courtesy of Folklorama Talent) who were positioned throughout the Delta’s Grand Ballroom, performing contemporary choreography during cocktail hour.

By far, our most treasured moment of the event was when this touching video played of Special Olympics Manitoba athletes taking time to thank their donors and supporters.

Thank you to all our wonderful vendors for helping us put this event together:

Venue: Delta Winnipeg
Photographer: Manuel F. Sousa Photography
Entertainment: Folklorama Talent
Lighting/AV: Elite Lighting
Florist: Academy Florist
Photobooth: Marketing Without Borders
Medals: Norwood Trophies

Special Olympics Manitoba offers quality sport training programs and competition to athletes with an intellectual disability from the ages of 2 years and up.

The fundamental difference that sets Special Olympics competitions apart from generic sport, is that athletes are grouped according to their skill level. This provides the opportunity to participate, compete and win at every level.