About Us

Celebrating life means acknowledging the life of the person who died. It means applauding their life and rejoicing in the fact that they lived.

A Celebration of Life event can be themed around anything, for honouring anyone. The Celebration of Life event is only limited by one’s imagination. This is a loving event to honour someone who has passed away. It is also a way for family and guests to connect with each other and to share the memories of that special person.

While a funeral has more to do with the orderly and often spiritually-defined, a Celebration of Life event is more concerned with telling the story of the deceased loved one. A Celebration of Life event is a time for people to come together more to celebrate the unique personality and achievements of the deceased loved one rather than to merely witness or mark the change in the deceased’s social status.

There’s more room for creativity in a Celebration of Life event than a funeral since a Celebration of Life is more commonly held after the individual’s physical remains have been cared for through burial or cremation. There is much more available time to plan a Celebration of Life event and without doubt, this allows a loved one to make better decisions about how they would like to celebrate the life for someone whom they dearly loved.


Let us find the perfect venue for you. There are many fitting venues available in the Okanagan Valley which we can help you choose from and then once selected, we can work with that venue's banquet and sales manager to facilitate your wishes.

Our Team

‘Cheers For The Years Limited’ is a new business adventure which competes in the event planning industry. As opposed to competing with multi-service event planners, ‘Cheers For The Years’ specializes in Celebration of Life events. The company was inspired by the death of a very personal friend of the two major shareholders, who after attending his Celebration of Life event organized by his spouse, realized what a profound effect the event had for a deceased loved one’s friends and family.

Cheers For The Years is a family owned business. It is a federally incorporated company. Its principals have 10 years of event planning experience, 10 years of food and beverage experience, 20 years of education experience as well as 40 years of investment management experience and building businesses.

Christine Ransome

Christine Ransome, a co-owner of Cheers For The Years, has been involved in the educational industry for just over twenty years. Christine has taught primary school children in both public and private schools. Christine also ran a consulting business, Educate Your Way, which focused on meeting the needs of parents who were frustrated by educational systems that were not satisfying their children’s academic requirements. Christine worked alongside parents and children together to fulfill those needs. Christine has lived in several continents. As an expat living in Barbados, Christine joined the Canadian Women’s’ Club where she volunteered her time raising money for the Children’s Trust which helped underprivileged groups throughout the Island. Christine is also an accomplished author having written a murder mystery book.

Allen Ransome

Allen Ransome, a co-owner of Cheers For The Years, has been involved in the investment management industry for forty years. Allen was a Portfolio Manager and acted as the Managing Director for RBC Dominion Securities in Barbados. After setting up the Private Banking facilities for Scotiabank International, he accepted a role as a Director with Scotiabank International where he acted as their Head of Investments. Allen’s greatest strengths over the years was building relationships, listening to his clients’ needs and fulfilling them.

Austin Ditmer

Washington State born and raised, this Seahawk fan attended Washington State University and Savannah College before obtaining over 10 years of hospitality experience. Working for Luxury Brands such as Fairmont and Marriott Hotels, Austin specialised in guest services and luxury customer experiences before meeting his wife Mieke Ditmer at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle which lead him to joining our Cheers For The Years team in his new Country of Canada.