Testimonials

Since 2002, JMA Event Planning has helped delivery our three annual fundraising events (Salut – a wine-paired gourmet dinner, a golf tournament and World Trivia Night).  Joanne and Cathy are the “real deal!”  They enable us to focus on our core business of fundraising to help children in need while they focus on managing all the logistics involved in delivering a memorable event experience for all our guests and donors.  By sharing their knowledge and expertise over the years, it has helped increase our sponsorship revenue for all our events.  When you are considering planning your next charity fundraising event, the best plan is to hire JMA Event Planners.  You won’t be disappointed! 

Walter Noble, Executive Director, Children’s Aid Foundation Ottawa


The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation has partnered with j/m/a Event Planning for close to 13 years. Their expertise in event planning, media and logistics has helped the Cancer Foundation to raise millions of dollars for the expansion of regional cancer services in Eastern Ontario through our signature events: Ultimate Run for Men’s Cancers, Nordic Walk, Crush It, Epic and Smash It.”

Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation


“On behalf of my family, I want to thank the two of you for all the amazing work, excellent knowledge, experience and, ongoing support you contributed to making the Defranco Lung Run as successful as it was. And this was despite yesterday’s weather and the many challenges you faced over the past few months. We know to well that without you, yesterday would have never been possible and we are so grateful.   We hold you both with such high esteem and I can assure you this: you have made an incredible contribution, not only to this event, but most importantly, to the lives of patients and families that will benefit from the funds raised yesterday and of that, I speak from experience.

Manon, Mary and Helene Campbell


On behalf of the Max Keeping Foundation Board, I would like to thank you so much for all your hard work and leadership in making the 20th Anniversary of the Bowlathon a huge success. You’ve been involved since the very beginning  in 2000 and we are truly grateful for your expertise. Not a detail was overlooked and everything ran so smoothly on Saturday. It was a pleasure to have worked with you on this.

Julie Best, Local Marketing Specialist
Ottawa Citizen


I have worked with jma Event planning on several occasions, both as a participant in an event organized by jma as well as working with them to organize successful event. Joanne McDonald and her team provide a full service package including the “get the job done” attitude. The team is well prepared, planning well ahead for their events. She also has a good supplier list which can be accessed if necessary. You won’t be disappointed with her knowledge, energy level and commitment.

CHEO Foundation


I met Joanne McDonald in 2008 through a referral from another event manager – that in itself said a great deal. Since that time, j/m/a has managed our annual dinner fundraiser  Zero Energy Dinners, hosted and coordinated by j/m/a in 3 different cities. These are one of a kind dinners and Joanne, Cathy and their always fantastic team of assistants leave no detail unattended. I know that our event is in the hands of professionals who have excellent ‘on the spot’ decision making know how and skills. I have no hesitation in recommending j/m/a and I look forward to growing our event in their capable hands.

Deirdre Laframboise BES, MES, Executive Director, Co-founder
Clean Air Champions / Champions de l’air pur


I want to pass along our thanks for your great contribution to the Famous 5 Ottawa over the past four years. Your courtesy, professionalism and help contributed to the success of our events and assisted Summa Strategies as they begin their work for our organization. Thank you.

Famous 5 Ottawa


Joanne and her colleagues are the complete package! They miss no tiny detail. They elevate your event as soon as they sign on.

Max Keeping
Ambassador and Former News Director
CTV Ottawa


The j|m|a team excels at managing the fine details, and readily adapts to last minute changes. We appreciate their exceptional professionalism, their unshakable commitment and wonderful sense of humour. I sincerely thank them for their exceptional work and look forward to working with them on future events.”

Director Strategic Partnerships & Heritage Branch
RCMP


Children’s Aid Foundation Ottawa (formerly Champions For Children Foundation) is proud to be associated with j|m|a Event Planning. Joanne & her staff have done several events of the foundation over the past several years. We are very pleased with how well she keeps us on schedule. Many times she has gone beyond the call of duty when I have required her expertise. We look forward to working with Joanne & her staff for many years to come.

Champions For Children Foundation


j|m|a Event Planning guided the Kanata Chamber of Commerce through its premier event of  the People’s Choice Business Awards, and delivered a first class product! They were at all times professional, knowledgeable, accountable and delightful to work with.

Kanata Chamber of Commerce People’s Choice Business Awards


What has impressed me about Joanne is her ability to take care of every aspect of an event from the overall concept to the minor details. Most importantly, Joanne brings verve and energy to any project she undertakes.

Alex Munter


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