• Thursday, March 15th, 2012
As part of my program at Algonquin College I was required to do a 7-10 week coop placement doing public relations. My teacher assigned me to go to the Lord Elgin Hotel and unfortunately since IÔÇÖm not from Ottawa I had to use Google to find out where the hotel was. Once I found it and met up with Ann Meelker, Director of Sales and Marketing, I was all set to start. I was so excited for my first day and I got to meet all the nice staff and got a wonderful tour of the hotel.
From the few months working on social media for the hotel, I am amazed of how fast time flies. It feels like yesterday that I started and now it has already come to an end. I have learned so much more about social media from being here and IÔÇÖm so glad that I had the chance to meet the Lord Elgin staff. The sales staff is hilarious to work beside and they made me feel apart of their family. Everyone was very welcoming and always helped me when I needed a hand.
I got to learn a lot about the hotel itself and I have booked rooms for the Tulip festival coming in May. I am definitely going to use the skills I picked up from these past months for my future. From blogging, making press kits, and being on Facebook and Twitter, along with everything in between, there was always something to be learned each day.
I want to thank everyone at the hotel for making me feel apart of the team and at home. I couldnÔÇÖt think of a better place to stay in Ottawa and I will always return to say hello. I have learned a lot more about Ottawa from being here and more about hotels, sales, and what its like to work in a team or as I would say a family, at the Lord Elgin hotel.
• Monday, March 05th, 2012
Spring is right around the corner as our little friend the groundhog said, and it seems to be getting a little brighter and it does look like spring is almost ready to show its face. Spring also brings longer days and I donÔÇÖt know if that is a good thing or not but it does mean that the sun will be out just a bit longer in the evenings, which is always wonderful.
When spring comes around that usually means most students are almost done another year of university or college. April is the last month of school for these students before they go off and start a career or just have another summer vacation and prepare for the next year. For those finishing their last year of school like I am, you will be searching for careers and thinking of getting your life and career started. ItÔÇÖs a scary thing knowing you will have to find a job instead of just going back to school because all we have known was when September comes around itÔÇÖs time to do that back to school shopping, but for myself it will be much different.
Once April hits itÔÇÖs time to start a career and time to put that backpack away. ItÔÇÖs crazy how time flies when you think about how many years you have actually been in school and now that part of your life is over. ItÔÇÖs exciting knowing you will be getting your life in motion and that youÔÇÖre growing up, but we all know that we will miss living at home with parents and going on that school bus each morning.
Spring is really a time of hope. ItÔÇÖs when high school graduates are waiting by the mailbox hoping for their acceptance letters for university, a time to start a new year and hoping it will be better than the last. ItÔÇÖs a time for new jobs, new friends, and a total new you for some, but most of all itÔÇÖs hope for this year to be life changing and exciting.
This year I am hoping to travel and see things I havenÔÇÖt before. IÔÇÖm starting off small and have decided that I will return to Ottawa in May to attend the Tulip Festival and also in July for Canada DayÔÇª. I heard the fireworks are amazing so this year I will see them for myself.
What will you do this year?? Let us know on our Facebook page or on Twitter!
• Thursday, March 01st, 2012
March break is always fun and this year there are some cool events happening in Ottawa. We know that parents can get easily burnt out over the break but there are some tricks to avoiding it. There are always fun camps to take the kids to and activities to do at home, inside or outside. If you donÔÇÖt want to plan big itÔÇÖs always a nice idea to plan little things throughout the day to make it fun for the kids, but it doesn’t have to be a long crazy day that involves a tremendous amount planning.
Making a “party day” for the kids is always fun and simple. Make invitations and cupcakes and have some neighborhood kids/ friends over for a tea party. Have a slumber party and make pizza with the kids, visit dad at work and go for lunch, road trip to a local sugar bush is something the kids always would like and of course some crafty things are a good idea to keep the kids busy for a few hours.
Taking kids swimming or to a day camp is another way to get some time to yourself or if youÔÇÖre working itÔÇÖs a great way for the kids to have fun and it keeps you from trying to find a babysitter.
No matter what, there is always something fun to do for the break and it doesnÔÇÖt have to be crazy hectic. Ottawa has a lot going on for March Break that would make the week fly by. Have fun!