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who we are
who we are
Celebrate NL’s strategic directions are aligned through its purpose, vision, mission and values.


To attract major events to the province and foster the development and enhancement of celebrations and events in and about Newfoundland and Labrador within the tourism, culture, arts and recreation sectors.


Newfoundland and Labrador is a thriving and vibrant location for major events and celebrations.


Celebrate NL will attract major events, and develop and deliver planned celebrations and special events that have economic, social and cultural impacts for Newfoundland and Labrador.

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celebrate nl business plan 2023-2026
Our inaugural Business Plan outlines our overall mandate, goals and objectives for 2023-2026. It is prepared in accordance with the Transparency and Accountability Act and we will report on it annually.
celebrate nl accessibility plan 2024-2026
This plan will help guide us in pursuit of our mandate. At Celebrate NL, we value equity, diversity and inclusivity, and we strive for events to be fair, accessible and inclusive.
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The following core ethics and principles will guide Celebrate NL in pursuit of its mission:
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Celebrate NL will help connect people and events to Newfoundland and Labrador by celebrating its people, culture and natural environment.
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Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity

Celebrate NL events will strive to be fair, accessible and inclusive.
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Celebrate NL’s staff will co-operate effectively with strategic partners.
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Positive Legacy

Celebrate NL will support and pursue events that have positive long-term economic, social and cultural impacts.
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Celebrate NL’s mandate relates to events within the tourism, culture, arts and/or recreation sectors under the following classifications:

Major event

This level of event generates significant economic, social and cultural impacts.  The event generates media coverage and is often televised.  This event typically has a formal bid process.

Planned celebration

A large-scale, provincial government initiative that is typically branded or themed.

Special event

An event led by the provincial government, or an event which may support a broader planned celebration in or about Newfoundland and Labrador.

Homegrown event

A large-scale event or festival that is developed and delivered in Newfoundland and Labrador, which has significant economic, social and cultural impacts, and generates substantial in-bound visitation.

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our Team
meet the celebrate NL staff
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Caroline Orsborn
Executive Director
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Laurie Dempster
Manager of Policy and Planning
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Karen Warren
Manager of Partnerships
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Iwona Nakonieczny
Administrative Officer
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Emily Pine
Special Initiatives Coordinator
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David Simms
Events Coordinator
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