Welcome to the CSTS 2015 Global Team

Can't Stop the Serenity 2015 is very lucky to have a great crew make up the Global team for our 10th year.

Most if not all of these knowledgeable and hardworking people have been involved with CSTS at a local level, and many of them have been on the Global Team before.

They are bringing a deep enthusiasm & joy for our 10th year which I hope you will see over the course of the next months.

  • Global Event Coordinator & Sponsorship - Sheilah O'Connor
  • Webmaster - Stephanie Leisure
  • Communications Director & Donations - Julia Svaganovic
  • Merchandise & Swag - Annie Burnaman
  • Art Director - Phil Towle
  • Video - Liam Merrick
  • Shepherd - Anne Barringer

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Introducing our new Global Event Coordinator for 2015…

As we finalise all the loose ends to formally close out the 2014 Season, we've also been hard at work behind the scenes to get things ready to kick off the 2015 Season! This year sees us reach a fantastic milestone. Can't Stop the Serenity turns 10 years old in 2015! For a decade, Browncoats all over the world have donated thousands of hours of their spare time to organise events both big and small to celebrate our fandom and to support some amazing charities.

We're pleased to announce that this landmark season will be coordinated by Toronto's Sheilah O'Connor. Sheilah (aka Lioness) has been involved in CSTS since our first year back in 2006, organising the Toronto event for five years. In 2011, she joined the Global Team as our Shepherd and has guided countless organisers through the trials and triumphs of putting a CSTS event together. In her four years on the Global Team, she has also lent her skills to the registration and donation management roles, and as Communications Director. She has also taken a lead role in the behind-the-scenes management of CSTS in 2014, and is ready to step up to take charge in 2015.

Says Sheilah, "The 10th year is an important milestone. I can see that many event cities are already planning how to do something special. But some groups don't have the volunteers, time, or space to do something extra and that is where Global can help... Having been Shepherd, I do think that the most important thing is to remain open and accessible."

Sheilah already has some great ideas for the 2015 season (but we'll let her share those with you all rather than spill the beans now). Suffice to say, this year is going to be big!

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Unsung Heroes

It takes a lot of people to have a successful Can't Stop The Serenity year. Organizers and their crew do so much work that we can never say "thank you" adequately. If they didn't step forward, there would be no CSTS events and no CSTS at all. But they are not alone and this past year especially, people stepped forward to help others in ways that maybe haven't been recognized as well as they should.
Until now.
These are only some of the Unsung Heroes we would like to recognize as the year draws to a close.

Ty came back this year to do the first run of Tshirts. Melanie and BirdandBear both took up the slack and did the rest of the orders, Mel in Canada and birdandbear for the 2nd run everywhere else. It is a lot of work and it can go wrong so easily. But it didn't. Every year we have had Tshirts. Thanks to these three, 2014 was no exception.

William Pace, the Utah Browncoats; and Mary McKay-Eaton & Mike Jenkins of Fireflyprops.net made sure that every city had some swag arriving which was especially welcome in a year when CSTS Global couldn't send anything out.

The Edmonton Browncoats run their own charity event now but sent auction items to a few cities who were very glad to get them. Firefly Cargo Bay is no stranger to donating to CSTS events. But it seems that they went above and beyond this year. Everywhere we turned, another city was thanking one of these 2 generous Canadian organizations.

Groups in the U.K. helped each other out a lot. Often being new event cities themselves, they passed on everything from banners to leftover swag to other UK cities.
In Australia the same thing thing happened, with the new Melbourne Browncoats supporting the smaller groups by covering the cost of having a table at cons in other cities.

None of these people or groups made any money from this. Indeed, many of them were out of pocket because of their generous donation of time and items. This generosity is what being a Browncoat is all about.

Thanks to all of you.

Do you know any other unsung heroes everyone should know about? Comment below!

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Be part of the team for CSTS 2015 and help us celebrate 10 years!

Do you want to be part of the team for Can't Stop the Serenity 2015? Be part of the crew who will be spearheading our 10th year celebrations, and volunteer today! Nominations are now open for roles on 2015 Global Team!

Can't Stop the Serenity is organised entirely by volunteers who work side by side with local event organisers to make each year's events a success. We're looking for dedicated, passionate, talented folks to join us. It's fun, rewarding and a great experience! And 2015 will be extra special as it's both the 10th Can't Stop the Serenity season and the 10th Anniversary of Serenity’s release!

Nominations are now open for 2015 Global Event Coordinator and Team Roles. We're looking for enthusiastic and talented individuals who are organized, have great communication skills, work well independently and as part of a team, and are keen to help where needed. We especially need a few US-based volunteers who can handle logistics (such as merchandise ordering & fulfillment, global auction etc). The roles are flexible and indicative of the tasks that are needed to keep CSTS running smoothly, and are filled according to the make-up of the team at any one time (one person may fill multiple roles or share roles according to their skills). Nominations will be accepted until 21 December 2014. The application process for each position is provided here. Applications must be submitted via email to gsc@cantstoptheserenity.com by the closing date.

New Global Team members will be paired up with volunteers from the current Global Team so that you can pick up as much as you can before taking charge of the role. After that time, the members of the GSC will be on hand to provide support and guidance. Global Team members have access to the online Global Organization forum which details the various tasks for each role and provides information, suggestions, recommendations, contacts, resources and more.

So what are you waiting for? Help us to make CSTS 2015 brilliant and volunteer today!

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Thank you for supporting the auction

Thanks for supporting our Fall E-Bay auction, whether you bid on something or told everyone you knew about it.
The money is coming in and the prizes are going out and we should have a final tally soon.

Our very big thanks go to the California Browncoats for hosting the auction again and to the New Melbourne Browncoats and Jen Cummings who donated all of the items in both Rounds when we couldn't access the other donations we had planned on using, in a timely manner.
We couldn't have run the auction at all without their amazing generosity.

Next up for Can't Stop The Serenity? Well, we are still getting money in from the most recent events. Once it is all in and confirmed, we'll be pleased to announce how much was raised this year.

And then? CSTS10!

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Great items available in Round Two of our E-Bay Auction

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The 2nd round of our E-Bay auction is up and running. Once again the New Melbourne Browncoats and Jen Cummings have been very generous with their donations. There are many collectibles here including some you have probably seen nowhere else.

  • "Buffy" photo print signed by artist Georges Jeanty
  • Rare Firefly Official Promo Digital Watch
  • Screen Writing Expo Seminar DVD: Tim Minear, Breaking the Story
  • Star Trek Memorabilia Collection
  • Replica Alliance bank note signed by 5 Serenity/Firefly cast/crew
  • Firefly/Serenity Memorabilia Collection including a Serenity "Jayne" promotional postcard. These were produced in the UK for the theatrical release of Serenity in 2005 and are very hard to find.
  • Firefly "First in Line" fan Tshirt T-shirt
  • Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2 Australian Theatrical Poster
  • LOTR Legolas Art Print signed by Orlando Bloom
  • Marvel's Avengers Theatrical Movie Poster
  • Dollhouse Promotional Poster (Eliza Dusku)
  • The Guild "Codex" Photo Print Signed by Artist Georges Jeanty
  • Please bid generously - all profits go to support the work of Equality Now

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