Archive for ◊ January, 2013 ◊

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• Thursday, January 31st, 2013

I have lived in Ottawa for all of my 21 years, and I am very proud to say so. Our beautiful city is filled with culture, kind people, great restaurants and security. There are tons of things to do and see. It’s perfect for raising a family, yet also has a fun night life. Might I say best of both worlds?

These are a few of my favourite things:

The Skating- The Rideau Canal is downtown Ottawa beginning just steps away from the Parliament Buildings and extending to Dows Lake. It is the biggest skating rink in the WORLD, at 7.8 kilometres. People from all over the planet love to visit this World Heritage Site.

I myself am a bit embarrassed to say that I am a horrible skater, or perhaps just a horrible “stopper”. However, I have never passed up an opportunity to explore the Canal. It is unbelievable exercise, and a perfect way to get some fresh air. There are many places to rest along the way, or grab a cinnamon beavertail and a steaming hot chocolate. So thank you Ottawa for the Rideau Canal.. and your delicious beavertails.

The Hockey- Okay okay, it is a little stereotypical of a Canadian to boost about their hockey team, but Ottawa loves their Senators. We are a true hockey city. During the lockout period, I didn’t go one day without hearing something about Gary Bettman or the NHL league itself.

With the NHL back, you can feel the rising energy in the city. Every home game so far has been sold out, and the away games are being watched intensely in every pub, restaurant and bar. I can’t wait to cheer the Sens on all the way into the playoffs.

Oh and PS- ALFIE! ALFIE! ALFIE!

The Valley- First off, I would like to give a shout out to the Byward Market. Filled with great shopping (Rideau Centre), unique restaurants (The Grand) and beautiful hotels (The Lord Elgin). Nevertheless we can’t forget about the city’s wonderful neighbour, the Ottawa Valley.

My heart belongs in the valley, where our short summer brings us fresh lakes to swim, boat, fish and more! My favourite moments of all are being in Calabogie, sitting by the campfire, roasting a hot dog and looking up at the star-filled sky.

During the winter, we can escape from the busy city and head to the hill. Pakenham first comes to mind, the place where I learned to ski. (I should also mention Pakenham has one of the greatest ice cream shops, Scoops.) If you’re lucky enough to know someone from the valley, whether it be Renfrew or Perth or Arnprior, you probably recognize that awesome valley twang. Puts a smile on my face just thinking about it!

All-in-all, there is so much about Ottawa to love. If you haven’t been, it is very much worth a visit. 

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• Monday, January 28th, 2013

5 months, 20 weeks, 70 days and 250 hours… that is how long I have been working at The Lord Elgin Hotel. That is a long journey for a high school student like me. My time has come to an end and I will no longer be responsible for the social media sites, taking pictures, assisting banquets or helping the sales team. All of this time will be memories and I am going to miss the hotel so much.

I still remember my first day perfectly, like it was just yesterday. I was so excited and nervous to be in such a beautiful hotel. Everyone shook my hand and welcomed me, immediately I felt as though I fitted in perfectly. I knew that I would have a great time at the hotel and that it would be a very meaningful placement. All of the staff from the hotel was eager to help me and teach me new things; I had never been so excited in my entire life. That was one of the best days of my life and all of this time later, I have to leave.

I am not quite sure what it will be like going to school for full days now, I know it is going to be completely different and I certainly will not have as much fun as I did at The Lord Elgin Hotel. Being the first high school Co-op student at the hotel makes me feel honoured and I do not regret a single moment that has happened during my placement. I am always so proud to tell people where I work and what I do. I know it may be strange leaving, but I will have these memories and skills with me for the rest of my life and I feel as though I am a completely different person.

I have also been honoured with the best Cooperative Education Supervisor anyone could ask for, Ann Meelker. Ann is the Director of Sales and Marketing at the hotel. She is a very hard working woman and always has a smile on her face. I know she is very busy, but she still takes time out of her day to answer my questions or help me out, I am very lucky. She is so kind and is always in a great mood. I really respect her and I am so glad that she has been my supervisor. She has given me a great opportunity and I would really like to thank her for everything she has done for me, words cannot even explain how grateful I am. Thank you, Ann.

I am so sad that this will be my last blog. Thank you to everyone who has read it week to week, it means a lot to me. I will miss everything about the hotel, and I am not ready to leave. I would like to thank all of the staff, the guests, my teacher and Ann for giving me such a wonderful time at The Lord Elgin Hotel, I will remember this experience for the rest of my life!

Thank you,

Ariana

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• Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Hi everyone! My name is Kiara Scrim, I’m a Public Relations student at Algonquin College. I am the Lord Elgin’s newest placement student, helping out with their social media sites, blog and other online channels. It’s very nice to meet you. 

As I took my express bus to my first day this past Monday, I did not know what to expect. What will I be doing? Will everyone be nice? Will I be in the way? Am I wearing the right clothes? All these questions were answered within the first five minutes of arriving. As soon as I pushed through the revolving doors, John, one the bellman, gave me a warming smile and said hello. His friendliness lifted a weight off my shoulders and I immediately felt more comfortable.

Next, I heard the familiar sound of high heels coming my way. Ann, Director of Sales and Marketing (and my boss!) came around the corner. Ann was the first person I met at The Lord Elgin. She is a welcoming, warm-hearted and stylish. Ann truly cares about the people she works around. Her motherly instincts were shown today when she gave me not one, but two scarfs to wear as I left to walk the Rideau Canal.

I also had the opportunity to spend time with Tessa and Liz, as their desks are right next to mine. Liz is hilarious, honest and great at baking. Tessa is young, vibrant and easy to talk to. I am so grateful to be working in the same room as them!

Right now, as I sip on the coffee I got at the Starbucks attached, I feel very professional. I have my own desk in the sales office because Maxine is on maternity leave, and it is really adding to the experience. I will be here until April and hope I can bring a creative flare and energy to The Lord Elgin! I look forward to spending time with more of the staff, building their social media presence (including YouTube videos) and doing anything I can to help out my coworkers.

Looking forward to blogging again,

Kiara

PS- The photo attached is of me and Winterlude’s favourite mascot, the Ice Hog! Today was the first day the Rideau Canal opened. Brrrr!

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• Friday, January 18th, 2013

I have been maintaining The Lord Elgin Hotel’s social media sites for just about four months now. This is my main duty at the hotel and I love it so much! Each day I put up pictures, information and so much more onto Twitter and Facebook. Maintaining the pages is crucial, because before guests first come to the hotel, generally looking at the social media sites is an important tool. I really enjoy doing this job. The hotel is very unique and I like to show that on the social media sites. I try to share valuable information and I learn so much in the process. When I first started working at the hotel, I did not know anything about Twitter and now I could probably answer any questions about the website. Social media is a valuable tool and using it is very important. My absolute favourite part about working on the social media sites is putting my ideas out into the world and letting people know about the hotel! I have a wonderful opportunity here at The Lord Elgin Hotel and I feel honoured to represent the hotel in a big way.

Ariana

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