About Go Golf Conference & Events Management

“Dawn is a Pitbull, in the nicest sense of the work. Dawn gets things done, and involves everyone in the success of the event. Not only have we tripled our net revenues in the last 3 years, since Go Golf Events got involved, we have increased awareness, and moved from one sold out golf course, to two sold out golf courses for our charity tournament. Dawn brought so much to the event: online registration, media and marketing, sponsor benefits, and a great group of volunteers, just to mention a few welcome changes. Each year the event is new and interesting.”

However, according to Facebook, Dawn is more of a cheetah, than a pitbull.spiritanimal

Steve Saccomano

Chair, BMO Saccomaniacs Agriculture for Autism Charity Tournament

Strategic Business Planning, Event Production and Management

Success is in the Details

  •  Born and raised on 2000 acres in the Ottawa Valley, in beautiful central Ontario
  • Educated at University of Guelph and Simon Fraser University, with continuing education in leadership, professional conference planning, meeting planners international, not for profit board and governance seminars, marketing, media relations, and fundraising
  • Certified Culinary Travel Professional, with the World Food Association
  • Business Woman, Speaker, Educator, Event Producer and Manager, Consultant
  • Travel Consultant with Travel Best Bets
  • Founding Sponsor of the BC Hospitality Foundation, Advisory Board Member BCHF, Chair of Scholarship Committee, www.bchospitalityfoundation.com
  • Early Relationship with Eat Fresh and the “5 mile” diet – grew up on a working farm, with a market garden ( fresh vegetables, free range animals, and fresh fruit);First job – picking vegetables for sale (3 years old);Second Job – selling vegetables at the local farmers market (3 years old), first event – farm auction in 1966 (age 10)
  • First Career- the hospitality industry. European trained – six month Internship in Germany (1974); Operated the Wheelhouse Neighbourhood Pub (1980 to 1985), Developed and operated Casey’s Nightclub, Woods Hotel, Digger O’Rielly’s, Cold Beer and Wine Stores, hands on professional development holding all positions in the industry from dishwasher, waitress, bartender, housekeeping, chef, manager, front of house and back of house. Loved it!
  • Managing Partner of the Delta Lion Pub and Bistro, Mahue’s Restaurant, Lion Catering, (1987 – 1996)
  • DJP Consulting Company – 1983 to present, strategic planning, needs analysis, feasibility studies, operational planning, committee restructuring and goal oriented events
  • Go Golf Events Management – Specializing in Conference Planning, Meeting Management, Golf Tournaments, Awards Galas, and Fundraising events

Bragging rights – Created and Produced over 1100 events, raising over $12.2 million dollars in the last thirty years for charities and not for profits.

  • Involved in the community with event planning, volunteering, and training committees for community fundraising events
  • Nominated for Influential Business Woman of the Year in 2004, and Women in Food Minerva Foundation 2009
  • Gala Producer for the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame, BC Sports Hall of Fame, the Founders Dinner for the BC Hospitality Foundation
  • Tournament Director for Wolseley BC Charity Golf Tournament, Women’s Media Golf Classic, Coast Capital Savings Charity Golf Tournament, Saccomaniacs Charity Golf Tournament, BC Sports Hall of Fame, BC Hospitality Foundation, Ovarian Cancer Canada, The Shriners of British Columbia, The BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association, The Zlotnik Foundation, The Leaders Invitational, The Zajac Women’s Tournament, The One and Only Golf Tournament, Logotex Charity Classic and the Wood Gundy at Park Place Charity Invitational
  • Created and Produced over 1100 events, raising over $12.2 million dollars in the last thirty years for charities and not for profits
  • Past Board Member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame, Zajac Ranch Society; West Coast Chocolate Festival,
  • Experiences- Air Canada Championship, the BC Open, the Ryder Cup at Valderama, Spain, the Canadian Tour, The West Coast Swing, PGA Tour
  • Hobbies – cooking, traveling, wine and food pairing, golfing, hiking, swimming, gardening, reading and mentorship

“Working to make a difference” is my passion in life.

I am a founding sponsor of the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), on the BCHF Advisory Board, and Chair of the Scholarship Committee for BCHF. BC Hospitality Foundation Mission

Our mission is to offer financial assistance, beyond traditional medical benefits and insurances, to individuals within the hospitality community in their times financial need. As well, we are committed to supporting the industry’s next generation by providing scholarships  to selected students enrolled in hospitality, culinary and wine programmes in BC.  
 

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“If ever there was an extraordinary woman connecting fundraising, success, events, food, community, empowerment, collaboration, and volunteering, it surely is Dawn Donahue.” Surrey Food Bank

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