The Tsirmpa Award for community service recognizes the outstanding commitment and dedication by an individual in the wedding industry. This person will have done more than donate their equipment or services. He or she will have created fundraising events, joined committees, volunteered their personal time and made a difference in the lives of others.

Selection Criteria

Award recipients are selected based on their recent or present volunteer contribution to not-for-profit or charitable organizations as well as their active involvement in the wedding industry.

These are recommendations for a successful submission and not mandatory.

  • Provide information in point form
  • Provide specific details on the amount of fundraising or involvement in the fundraising events
  • Provide letters of references or quotes from individuals about this person
  • Preference will be given to those individuals whose volunteer work relates to the wedding industry


The recipient must attend the Ottawa Wedding Awards

There may be one or more recipients of this award annually.

eugenia tsirmpa- o’connor
Owner of Details Ottawa

The Tsirmpa Award was established in 2014 in honor of Eugenia Tsirmpa – a wonderful lady who passed away in 2013. She was the creator and owner of Details Ottawa and one of the finest decorators in the city. She worked on some of the most high profile events, galas and weddings. Eugenia was more than a great business woman. She was one of the most giving people in the world. She constantly donated her time, her services, and her supplies to everyone who asked. Eugenia had a good heart and the wedding industry lost her way too soon. In her memory, this award was created to honor those people who carry on her spirit by giving back to the community in so many ways through their involvement in the wedding industry. To receive this award is a great honor because it means this person goes out and does the hard work. This person does more than donate their supplies – they get involved. The winners of the Tsirmpa Award are great leaders in our community.


Dayna Rose-Desmerais (2018)
Owner, Dayna’s Pet Sitting
President, SafePet Ottawa
Organizer -SafePet Gala – November 2018

Dayna has a unique business and a passion that is very valuable to our community. The greatest thing is — it’s a business and passion that’s all about the care of animals – cats, dogs, guinea pigs, birds, turtles, rabbits and a lot more.

Dayna started her business originally as an animal rescue after volunteering her time with different rescue organizations. She saw all the terrible situations that animals were in and she wanted to do something about it. Throughout the summer months, you will often see this person at various fundraising events for animal rescue organizations

For weddings and other occasions, this woman and her team provide overnight care for animals and will even be there on the wedding day so the family pet can share in the special moment.

And one of her most important roles is the President for SafePet Ottawa – a charity that provides safe foster homes to animals so that women and children can leave abusive situations without fearing for the safety of their pets. You might think it’s crazy that people would stay in an abusive relationship for a pet – yet a high percentage women delay leaving the home because they didn’t have an option for their pet at the shelter or a friend’s house. Thanks to this person’s leadership with SafePet Ottawa, a woman in an abusive relationship has an option.

Dayna is the organizer of the annual SafePet Ottawa gala. The gala is an evening to fundraise and to raise awareness for putting an end to domestic violence against women.

Co-owner Grenfell Catering

  • Has donated her catering services and food for spaghetti dinner fundraisers helping raise over $3000 for Dravet. To dateshe has raised with her team more than$15,000
  • She annually bakes and sells special “purple awareness cupcakes” and donates the daily special profits at her deli for epilepsy awareness and fundraising – raising over $1000 per year
  • She participates in the Dravet Walk for the Kids with family and customers which has raisesmoney for life changing research and awareness.
  • She bakes and donates cookies for Halloween bags for children at CHEO.
  • She has personally been involved for more than 5 years with the “Spectrum Autism Intervention group”.
  • She regularly works with local high schools by accepting the challenge of being involved with cooperative education programs and many of her students have stayed on as employees and continued in the culinary industry.
  • She has also worked with the Ottawa Mission to provide employment opportunities for Ottawa citizens who have an interest in the culinary industry but have had a hard time finding employment or have faced significant life challenges and barriers to employment.
  • It has become deeply important to Christineto use her success in the catering and wedding industry to provide guidance, support and education and employment for people who need a little more help than others.

Owner, Tripp Photography

  • Co-created Model Makeover Day in Support of Angels in Action supporting those individuals with Ovarian Cancer.
  • She is a founding board member and lead photographer for Adoption Canada Heart Gallery, taking photos of foster children to help them connect with their forever families. This directly contributed to the adoption of several children in the Ottawa region.
  • She received the Friend of the Children’s Aid Society Award for donating her time and talent.
  • She has volunteered to be the photographer for the Eastern Ontario Resource Centre’s charity event and she created another one to raise money for the centre where she donated 11 family portrait sittings to families who would not have the opportunity to get professional pictures taken.
  • She has mentored Algonquin photography students through co-op placements.
  • She has volunteered for numerous charity organizations and events for the Canadian Cancer Foundation, Bust-a-Move, and many others over the past 15 years.
  • She introduced NILMDTS (Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep)to the Ottawa hospitals and she volunteered with them for many years taking photos of countless babies who either didn’t make it or were about to pass.
  • She created a Halloween photo shoot that raised over $3,000 in 3 years money for CHEO.

Sarah Robertson (2016)
Owner, Prior Engagements Party & Event Rentals

  • Involved in wedding industry for 26 years
  • Almonte Skatepark Project – currently Fund
    Development Chair. Worked on events that have raised over $9,000

Volunteer, Canadian Cancer Society

Lombardy Relay for Life. 2000-2014:

Worked extensively on the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Event in Lombardy from its inception. Starting as a team captain for 5 years collectively raising $18,000. She was the Chair of the Food and Beverage Committee for 4 years and moved on to Event Chair for 3 years. As the Chair of the event, the Lombardy Relay for Life was honored with the Event Development Award for all of Ontario. During her tenure as Chair, the Lombardy Relay for Life event raised $581,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society
Member of the Provincial Relay Advisory Team, Relay for Life, Ontario Division, 2011 – 2014

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte: Member of the board of directors for ten years, with two terms as President

Creator of a fundraiser called Shred it for Al Fundraiser in 2011 that raised $3000 for a high school friend who was diagnosed with a brain tumour

Coached soccer for 2 years with the Almonte Soccer Club

Cooked the St. Paul’s Anglican Church Fundraising Harvest Supper serving 600 roast turkey dinners each event, for six years

Sarah has also taught Sunday School for seven years, coached soccer for two year with the Almonte Soccer Club, and is a proud Mom to four sons ages 16, 18, 20, and 24

  • Co-creator, Bliss Wedding Shows. Along with Brian Hargreaves, BH Photography, produce two Ottawa Valley Based wedding shows per year, one in Almonte, one in Renfrew, since 2013.

Co-owner of Mastermind Event Rentals

  • 40 Under 40 Award recipient for business excellence from Ottawa Business Journal
  • Co-created event called See For Miles Golf Classic which has raised over $22,000 and committee member for gala for Ronald McDonald House
  • Board of Directors for the Katimavik Co-operative Nursery School and was in charge of fundraising to raise $12,000
  • Committee member for Bruce House – a community based organization providing housing, compassionate care and support in Ottawa for people living with HIV and AIDS and she has worked on their signature  events.
  • She has been a committee member for 4 years for the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • She has worked on the Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life and she has been involved in the Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Breast Cancers, the Underwear Affair, Ride to Conquer Cancer and Bike for Beats.
  • She is also a mentor for the Event Management program at Algonquin College and on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Chapter of MPI.
  • In her spare time, she has been a dance instructor, a soccer coach and she is a fulltime mom and wife.
  • She is a fulltime business owner and a wonderful wife to a great guy and loving mother to amazing children.

Dominique Levesque (2014)
CEO – Dominique Levesque Bridal

  • 40 Under 40 Award recipient for business excellence from Ottawa Business Journal
  • Established a fashion show that has raised more than $50,000 for various charities including Leucan, which assists cancer-stricken children and their families.
  • Raised $8,000 through an in-store initiative for CIBC Run For The Cure
  • Raised $2,500 through an in-store initiative for the Ottawa and Gatineau food bank
  • Opened two bridal stores in the Ottawa-Gatineau region starting in 2000