In April of 2011, the CEO walked by my office and said “hey Pam do you have a minute to chat?”  I of course said “sure” and eagerly went to his office.   The conversation started off with the usual niceties; then quickly progressed to the loaded question…”do you know how to build a float?” to which I replied… and I kid you not… “a Root Beer Float??”

Evidently the CEO did not mean a Root Beer Float, but rather a parade float to promote the National Music Centre. As you all know, our Shareholder is a huge community supporter and he thought what better way to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Stampede and promote the National Music Centre than with a larger than life visual.

As I was obviously less than knowledgeable about the float industry, I did what anyone else would do in this situation and (a) consulted Google (to find a “float building” company) and (b) recruited an amazing team with a multitude of skills and talents, and a shared passion for community and teamwork.

The rest is history and the project was successful, winning two prizes; Best Overall; and First in Not-for-Profit.  The pride of the city and the nation was demonstrated, as the Float made its way down the parade route, with people dancing in the streets and cheering, knowing that this larger than life visual not only represented the teamwork of so many selfless individuals,  but a city and a community coming together to celebrate.

Pam W – Coril Holdings Ltd.

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