Lesson’s Learned under the Bright Lights

TIFF 2022.


It was great to be back.

After all of this time away, it felt good to be back in what feels like a natural habitat. Fulfilling not just all our hopes and dreams, but also helping our team to realize that all of the things they’ve been working towards throughout the year, had in some parts hopefully come to fruition.

To say the Sentinel family was busy would be an understatement.

Emotional energy and physical energy were definitely at a peak that hasn’t been seen in years.

All positions were full steam ahead and running until we were on adrenaline.

This included all divisions of our front line team, our management and executive team, and the back office. Everyone was fired up on all cylinders – full steam ahead.

And here we are, on the other side of yet another successful TIFF season and we can’t wait until next year.

Beyond the lights, the cameras, and the act of a world renowned film festival – the planning that goes into getting to that stage is not for the faint of heart.

The meetings, conversations, briefings and everything leading up to TIFF is a lot of blood, sweat and tears from all that are involved.

And soon after the lights dim, and the cameras fade and the last champagne glass has been lifted, the sun will set.

And in the morning, when the sun comes up, meetings are set, conversations are had, and planning will once again commence.

One of the best parts of a TIFF season, are the lessons learned along the way.

This year we did our best to piece together all of the lessons we’ve learned in the TIFF’s gone-by.

We paired them with what we know and have learned from working through the deep dark of a pandemic, and also what we’ve learned as we come through what is hopefully the other side.

We could probably write a book on what we’ve done well, what we could do better, and what our plans are for all of our hopes and dreams.

Except why give away the best part and the ending when we can continue to take you along for the ride and experience the best of times, and the worst of times with us.

We have also learned a lot from these past two weeks.

While we came forth this year with an armoury full of knowledge, experience and well laid out plans.

There is no such thing as perfection.

There is only other ways, more efficient ways, and dare I say it – sometimes even better ways to do things.

As we take these coming days, weeks, and months to debrief from what was had – what has passed, and look forward to the future. We will definitely be putting pen to paper to chart out an even bigger, better, and stronger course than before.

This season was by far our biggest.

A reward for the handwork, grit, and determination we’ve put in along the way.

When the pandemic hit, we could have easily ‘ducked and covered’ like much of the world.

But we didn’t.

We pressed pause with everyone else, and then we took the opportunity to get our hands dirty and jump in where we saw a need.

It wasn’t easy, but we knew this was the path to continue to lay the groundwork to where we are today.

And from the actions we’ve taken, the lesson’s we’ve learned, and this seemingly over abundance of determination and maybe even a slight bit of stubbornness – we look forward to TIFF 2023 and all the things we will get to learn from our next experience.




Guest Blogger Rayna Davies

Rayna is the Office Manager at Sentinel Security, as well as the main blog contributor.

With foundations firmly routed in Business administration, Customer Service, and Management, she brings years of experience to her roles both within the Sentinel office, and the blog.

Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details.  These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities.

Her passions include spending time with her husband and two young children, world travel, reading, writing, and pushing herself to always look for the silver lining.