Last year turned Vancouver’s no-fun city reputation on its head.
More than 80,000 people flocked to the downtown core for New Years Eve Vancouver, a public event that featured live performances from local bands, delicious food truck fare, and an impressive aerial firework display.
It was the first event of its kind in Vancouver in more than a decade, and immensely popular. But what you might not have guessed is that this elaborate event was planned by an unassuming team of volunteers – a group committed to making Vancouver a great place to live, work, and play.
Luca Citton, a shareholder and business lawyer at Boughton Law, is a founding member of the NYE Vancouver Society, and one of the volunteers dedicating his time and expertise to the cause.
“The event is so much more than just a party,” says Citton. “What we’re doing here is building community, and a culture of fun in the city. There is something for everyone at NYE Vancouver, and an event of this kind was long overdue.”
As the Society’s legal resource, Citton set up the legal structure of the society at its inception. Now, Citton sits on the board and is responsible for reviewing and preparing sponsorship agreements, providing valuable expertise on governance and society matters, and aiding with bank financing and sponsorship applications.
The drive to volunteer for NYE Vancouver stems from Citton’s own dedication to the local community, and Boughton Law’s strong company culture of giving back.
“We take our contribution to the community as seriously as our work,” says Jordan Dixon, Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Boughton Law.
“In their spare time, Boughton’s lawyers can be found giving their time and expertise to a long list of boards, committees, charities, and events.”
NYE Vancouver is just one of the causes Citton supports. He’s also volunteered as President of Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Centre, served on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, and volunteered with various local non-profits.
“It’s not work if you’re working on a project you and the people around you, are passionate about,” says Citton.
And that’s certainly true of NYE Vancouver.
The event is quickly coming into its own, becoming a staple event that’s set to attract guests from far and wide.
“We can’t wait to show Vancouver what’s in store at this year’s event,” Citton says.
“Don’t forget that 2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday, and as Canada’s biggest NYE party, rest assured that we plan on celebrating in a big way.”
When: December 31, 8 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Ballrooms – 1055 Canada Place
Price: $129. Buy tickets online