Natasha Thom

WEDDING PLANNER - CLEARWATER EVENTS & WEDDINGS

I'm a West Coast girl born and raised, which is why my love for the Pacific Northwest started from such a young age. My core values are community and connection, and it's the thread that binds everything I do. I strive to foster community wherever possible and create moments of connection where it may not necessarily be expected. I want people to get outside their comfort zone have real meaningful conversations again!

What accomplishments would you like to share?

While volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society, I was given the Jaye Dee Jeffery Award.  The award recognizes the top youth volunteer or staff member who demonstrates energy and passion to inspire other youth to become involved with the Society. In 2016, I was selected as one of SFU RADIUS' Fellows in Radical Doing.  The RADIUS Fellows program selects a small cohort of emerging Radical Doers from across the Lower Mainland. They look for the next generation of untamed social innovators who are early in their changemaking journey, demonstrating a relentless dedication to creating positive, sustainable impact in all they do. The fellowship in radical doing is a professional development program that supports bother personal and professional growth in a supported cohort space.  

Perhaps the biggest accomplishment for me though, was having the courage to venture out on my own and start Clearwater.  I battled a lot of self doubt and people telling me I couldn't do it, that starting my own business at my age was too big a risk.  But I just knew deep inside me that I was meant for something more.  That I could use Clearwater as a bigger platform to do good.  And in under 2 years, the support from the community has been overwhelming and I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

If you could tell your younger self something you’ve learned along the way, what would you say?

My advice would be two-fold.

1) Don't worry about knowing the trajectory of your career right out of high school.  Our education system puts so much unneeded pressure on post-secondary; it's 1000% okay to thrive in an experiential learning environment instead of the traditional.  Take the time to explore your interests and figure out what you're passionate about.  Is that more than one thing?  Then maybe you're a multipotentialite and that's awesome!

2) If you explore those interests and build community, you'll run into people that believe in you perhaps more than you believe in yourself.  Trust that; lean on them.  They are going to be one of your biggest assets as you grow!

What inspired you to become an event professional?

I fell into this industry by happenstance.  As part of my mandatory volunteer hours in high school, I volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society to plan the Relay For Life.  As the years went by and I was consistently given more responsibility, I realized that I had a knack for it.  The pivotal moment, though, was being asked to plan one of my best friend's wedding in only a few months and with no wedding planning experience.  I fell in love with the experience, and felt so privileged and honoured to be a part of her special day.  The feedback from her family was overwhelmingly positive and the validation I needed to venture out on my own.  Working int the events industry has been the perfect blend for my detail-oriented mind and my creative heart.