Barb nelson - ceo
Barb Nelson is the Owner of the Fraser Valley local event planning company: Events Plus Management Ltd. that she began in April 2010. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary this past spring, Barb has grown her company from the one-woman powerhouse show that it began as, to the multi-city and multi-project company that currently stands today. EPM has branched out from large expos, festivals, one-off events, and anniversary celebrations to include a local podcast consisting of all the unique things about the Fraser Valley, and managing and programming the Fraser Valley Continuing Education centre in Langley. Barb has grown her business and experience in the Event-Planning industry and has come to be known by many as not only an expert in her field, but also passionate, clever, personable, and a consummate leader. Events Plus Management now serves communities from Delta to Chilliwack with the bi-annual Fraser Valley Wedding Festival, the Westcoast Small Home Expo, and most recently Fraser Valley Continuing Education.
Starting out as Office Administrator, Bookkeeper and Sales Coordinator for the family-run business Clay’s Nurseries (a division of Les Clay & Son Ltd.) for 9 years, Barb took her knowledge for the Horticultural and Nursery world in the Fraser Valley to the BC Landscape and Nursery Association where she was their Events Coordinator and Assistant Show Manager for the CanWest Hort Show – Western Canada’s premier horticultural trade show – for 13 years. While working for the BCLNA, Barb continued to grow her knowledge and skills through workshops, trainings, and on-the-job learning, which eventually lead her to becoming an Event Planning Instructor and take her skills in administration, event planning, non-profit management, and artistic leadership and vision to the Semiahmoo Arts Society to be their Executive Director from October 2014 to February 2019.
On top of all of Barb’s professional success, through the years she has lived in Langley with her husband Jamie – just celebrating 40 years together in 2019 – and had 3 lovely children that are now grown and married themselves. Barb is a lover of nature, performing and visual arts, and keeps her staff and their projects in calm waters.
Peggy Richardson – Marketing Manager
Peggy Richardson has a varied 25-plus year background centered around Information Technology. Her passion for tech as a true usable tool, applied to marketing and publishing, has steered her career in both the private sector and the BC Ministry of Attorney General, and across multiple associated law-enforcement agencies. She has worked in the capacity of hands-on network designer and installer, project management, operations management, and media creator in both the US and Canada since the early 90’s. She is also a multi-published technical writer and editor, with over 30 manuals and eBooks to her credit. Peggy is an active volunteer with Rotary and other volunteer organizations, including Lifeline and other support agencies for Seniors. Peggy is the Marketing Manager for Events Plus Management. She manages company’s marketing strategy, advertising and ensuring the company is aligned in ways that will expand its market reach across all our properties: Fraser Valley Continuing Education, the Fraser Valley Wedding Show, the Westcoast Small Home Expo, and specific managed projects – like for Villa Vista Montagna. She lives partially in the Fraser Valley and partially on Gabriola Island with Geoff Clay, her husband of 29 years, their teenage daughter Elizabeth, and their rescue dog, Stanley Cup. She is an avid knitter, crafter, and reader.
Heather Rodland - Events & SALES coordinator
Having spent her life living in different cities across British Columbia – from Vancouver Island to Interior B.C. to the Fraser Valley – Heather has a deep love and respect for this wonderful province that she gets to call home. Born in Victoria and moved to Kamloops with her family when she was 5 years old, much of her adolescence was spent involved in competitive sports and thus she further travelled around the province and country to compete in both gymnastics and track and field. Settling in the Fraser Valley in her early 20’s, Heather became a Gymnastics coach in Langley and then Surrey for 4 years. A career change then landed her a position working for Canlan Ice Sports as part of their Sales and Marketing team. During her time with Canlan, Heather was involved in countless special events and projects, which helped to shape her next career path. After nearly a decade as Canlan’s Sales Coordinator, her passion for events and planning led her to enroll in an event-planning course taught by Events Plus Management owner, Barb Nelson. Heather now works for Events Plus Management handling their Sales and Exhibitor Relations, as well as assisting with event preparation and day of event coordination. She lives in Langley with her husband Rick, and their two boys, Benjamin and William.
jessica anne nelson - events assistant
The newest member of the EPM team, Jessica Anne Nelson is an award-winning theatre director, creator, producer and Intimacy Choreographer who sets the bar for creating safe and imaginative spaces for artists to play and explore in her provocative productions. With a M.F.A. in Theatre Direction and B.A. Honours Theatre from the University of British Columbia, as well as a strong background in devised theatre and narrative based dramas, her theatre projects focus on exploring the range of human experiences even within the most negatively viewed characters and how we enact gender in performance and in our daily lives. When not directing or creating her own work, Jessica has spent the last 10 years producing her own theatre productions and fundraisers, not to mention assisting Events Plus Management with their Expos and Events. From intimate gatherings to large multi-day Expos, Jessica has had a hand in creating and presenting live arts and corporate business events for most of her career. Jessica has created sponsorship proposal packages for outreach and sponsorship coordination, designed and scheduled marketing and promotions plans, successfully written grant applications for artists, programmed and coordinated live arts events, contracted artists, managed event finances and budgets, coordinated with professional associations, overseen volunteers and staff at events, and ensured that events ran smoothly, beautifully and proficiently according to the customer or artists needs and goals. Jessica is pleased to be the newest official member of the Events Plus Management team, and lives in Surrey with her husband and their furbaby Oliver.