Giving Thanks

I have asked some of our team to contribute their own posts on gratitude.  Here is mine, which I will try to shorten, as I consider myself so very fortunate and blessed to have a healthy, beautiful family and good health and an amazing place to work with people that have also become a family. I also live in the most amazing country and city.  It doesn’t get much better.

This past week has been difficult as one of my very long term team members is leaving to work with her husband and their family business.  Maxine has been with me for 10 + years minus some time for her two childrens’ arrivals.   Max is one of the most passionate people I know.  If she loves something, she gushes with enthusiasm and if she does not like something, she is equally expressive in a very different way.  She embodies what I love about French Canadians; love of all things soulful – good food, friends, family, beauty, nature, music and she expresses it all so beautifully.   She enlivens our team and makes us laugh.   She is a perfectionist in all she does and is very hard on herself, but fortunately, she can also laugh at herself.

We shall all miss Maxine so very much and for me, she has been like one of my daughters here.   She started in July 2005 and has blossomed both professionally and personally.  She has a beautiful family that she could not love more.  She knows more about her market segment than almost anyone I know.  She is a true pro!

I have so much to be grateful for and as I say goodbye to Max this week, I am reminded how very fortunate I am to have a remarkable team who have given us/me so much of themselves.  You have to know how very thankful I am to know you and work with you.

Annie

Oktoberfest in Ottawa – just like it should be

It was my lucky day when I was invited to Oktoberfest hosted by a small team of employees at the German Embassy here in Ottawa, this past weekend. Guests were warmly greeted in a backyard garden by the host who was proudly dressed in Lederhosen.  The beer was flowing freely – a delicious Bavarian Weiss Beer being poured out of a pitcher by a man wearing a white coat and black bowtie.  A German butcher from the small neighbouring town of Pembroke served a mouth-watering, traditional meal consisting of Pretzels, Sausage and Leberkase (meatloaf) with sauerkraut and an amazing array of mustards.  There was an accordion player to keep the mood light and there were even games for the kids.  The long communal tables provided a great opportunity to meet the other invited guests – many from various Embassies also experiencing a “real” Oktoberfest party for the first time.  A fabulous time was had by all!   I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to catch a glimpse into this special celebration!

Prost!

Tessa Webster, Sales Manager – LORD ELGIN HOTEL