Archive for ◊ December, 2012 ◊

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• Friday, December 21st, 2012

We have had the pleasure of having a co-op student with us who has been a regular contributor to our blog, as you can see below. Her name is Ariana and she attends Glebe Collegiate. She also tweets for us and fills out facebook page with wonderful photos and cute stories, or comments…

As soon as I met Ariana and received her resume and an email, I was very anxious to meet her. Her co-op teacher called me and raved about her. We met one day and her enthusiasm and fabulous smile as well as incredibly positive nature was so impressive, I could not say no. I have had college students here doing their co-op placement, but never a high school student.

Well, Ariana is a special individual. She bikes or walks to the hotel each day, often with her father who keeps her company. She is incredibly conscientious – willing to give up playing with her volleyball team if it interfered with her work here. She is always so willing to try new things and so appreciative of her experience, as you can see in her blog. Her parents have raised her to be an incredibly considerate, hard working, fun-loving girl… kudos to them!

Ariana, you are like a ray of sunshine and a joy to have around – thank you!!!

Ann

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• Friday, December 21st, 2012

I have been working at The Lord Elgin Hotel for just about three months now. It feels like just yesterday I walked into the lobby of the beautiful hotel. I remember that day perfectly and it has changed my life completely. I love being at the hotel. I learn something new everyday, I have met so many great people and I always have fun while doing it! I could not have asked for a better placement. Just recently I did a slideshow presentation about my time working at the hotel. This was a requirement for my Cooperative Education class. The presentation was successful and everyone really liked it. I enjoyed making the presentation because it allowed me to reflect on my time at the hotel. I had slides on the team that I work with and how wonderful they are. Other slides included what I have learned, what skills I need and how great my placement has been. I had a great time making it. I was so happy to share all of my experiences with my classmates and I loved hearing about their placements as well. It was a really fun project! I am glad that I still have one more month to learn and experience new things at the hotel, but I will miss it during the holidays!

Ariana

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• Friday, December 21st, 2012

Wow! I am so happy about the huge snowfall we had here in Ottawa! It is so gorgeous! When the snow stays on the ground like this, it is my favourite time of the year. I feel like a little kid again waking up, looking outside and seeing it fall to the ground. I am not quite sure why I like it so much. Perhaps, it is because a new season is coming along, or I feel like Christmas is near, but whatever it is, it puts me in a great mood! In order to get to the hotel, I have to bicycle in and let me tell you, it is no easy task. The snow is really slippery and it is only going to get worse when the ice comes along. But, I am just enjoying the weather while we have it. We are so lucky in Canada because we get a variety of seasons and by the time we get tired with one, another great one comes along. I am so thankful for this wonderful snow and I really hope it stays a while!

Ariana

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• Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Each year my family and I go cut down our very own Christmas tree. It is always a huge mission. Unfortunately, this year it was raining, so it was a bit wet, but we managed. The first part of the adventure is driving to the tree farm. Once we arrive we have to pick one, this is the tricky part. Of course I always want a huge tree that will take up the whole room, but my parents disagree, they always try to convince me to get a really small one. So, we have to compromise on a medium size one and it always works out. This part of the adventure takes the longest, roaming around the farm trying to find the tree which will be in our home for the next month or so. Eventually, we find one that stands out. Not too big or small, no empty parts and just the perfect colour. I have to cut it down with the saw, which takes only a few minutes. Afterwards, we pile the tree onto the roof of our car and we are on our way.

Once we arrive at home, we are just about soaked completely, but we have to take care of a few other important jobs first. Get the stand out and place the tree in it, water it and make sure that the tree does not fall on anyone (this has happened before). Next, we have to deal with one of the more difficult parts, which is finding the good Christmas C.D. Each and every year we forget which one it is and this takes up a lot of our time. Once it is found, we can begin decorating our soaking wet tree. After that long process we are finished. Our tree looks incredible and even though it was a long and tiring job, it is all worth it in the end!

Ariana

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• Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

The Lord Elgin Hotel is definitely prepared for the holiday season this year! Everything is nicely decorated, Grill 41’s menu is ready and we are handing out holiday cookies in the lobby!! As soon as you walk into the hotel, you instantly can feel the Christmas spirit. It is wonderful walking around the lobby seeing how happy everyone is, it really is a great feeling! The Lord Elgin is all set for this fantastic season, but on the other hand I know that I still have a lot to do before the holidays. I have to figure out what people would like, buy gifts, wrap them, school work and so much more. But, all I keep thinking about is how in two weeks I will be with my family talking, eating and having a good time! I am very excited to relax after a busy year! It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

Ariana

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