• Monday, November 26th, 2012
One of my favourite responsibilities at The Lord Elgin Hotel is helping the sales office with a variety of tasks. These duties include filings papers, addressing letters and even wrapping presents to go under the Christmas tree in the lobby. I really enjoy these jobs because I feel like I am a part of the team. Each project is completely different and I learn so much by working on each of them. They may be really small duties at the time, but in the long run they must be done. I find them so interesting! By doing these assignments, I get a better understanding of how the hotel works and the process that is required to ensure that everything runs smoothly. With each task I gain so much knowledge, while having fun, it is so wonderful for me! Every job I do at the hotel is a different experience and I have enjoyed every single moment of it!
• Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
Each week I work with the banquets team at least twice. It is so exciting seeing how conferences are really put together. There is always something to be doing, which makes it a different experience each day! The food has to be set out, coffee has to be prepared, decorations must be hung, and so much more. During the breaks the plates must cleared away and all of the water pitchers must be refilled to ensure a refreshing drink for the guests. There are so many things that go into preparing each room, but it is so much fun. I always enjoy helping out, it is such a rewarding job! Each person I work with has different tips for me and different ways of doing things. Each time help banquets I get better, but practice definitely makes perfect. The Lord Elgin Hotel ensures that each stay for every guest is perfect. By doing every little detail that we do while preparing the rooms, it makes it worth it. Thank you to everyone who has helped me in banquets!
• Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Every once in a while I have to report back to school and have an in-class session. Even though it is only one day, I still miss coming into the hotel. During this class time we have a potluck and tell stories about each of our placements. It is nice to see all of my friends who I have not seen in a long time and catch up. It feels so different going to school, it is such a different environment. At the hotel I get to see everything that happens, from every angle and it is so exciting. At school I sit in a classroom learning and taking notes, which is also exciting, but I prefer being at the hotel. When I go to class, I love sharing all of my stories with everyone and I love hearing everyone else’s too. Soon, I have to do my very first project for my Cooperative Education Class. I am going to have to make a slideshow presentation about everything I do at the hotel! Once I start working on the presentation, these blogs are going to come in very useful, because I can see everything I have done each and every week!
• Friday, November 02nd, 2012
I spent Thursday morning helping out in Grill 41! It was such a great experience and I learned so much. I never realized what it was like behind the scenes of a restaurant and how much work it is. The staff are so professional and experienced. I could have not been in a better place to learn about the restaurant business. As a team they work wonderfully together and always help one another. The food also looked impeccable! While helping out in the restaurant, I also assisted room service and learned all the techniques of bringing food to the hotel rooms of our lovely guests. It was such a fun experience and I loved meeting the guests! I really hope I can help out again and I would like to thank everyone in the restaurant for taking time out of their day to help me.