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• Tuesday, June 11th, 2013


Tessa Webster is the Government Sales Manager at the Lord Elgin Hotel. Tessa is a smart and motivated young woman. She is consistently sweet and happy- she never shows the stress that I’m sure comes with having a two year old at home and dealing with government clients all day. I tend to get stressed about the silliest things, and seeing how she deals with her everyday life so collectively and positively really puts things into perspective for me.
Tessa is a great listener with a fantastic sense of humour. I am very comfortable coming to Tessa if I need to have a quick rant about something. She is relatable and has certainly contributed to my experience here at the hotel.
1. Where were you born, and where did you grow up?
I was born in Holland in a small village outside of Amsterdam. When I was nine I immigrated with my mom and my sister to Canada.
2. How did you come to work at the Lord Elgin Hotel? How long have you worked here for?
I’ve worked here for two years. Before, I was working in the GTA. Then my husband received a promotion that brought him to Ottawa, so I needed to find a job here. I asked one of my former bosses if she would help me/ refer me to hotels I could apply to. So, she emailed IHG hotels in Ottawa.
Through that process, David came across my resume. I had worked with him many years ago and I suppose he recognized my name and, lucky for me, he and Ann took a chance.
What is the biggest challenge when working with Government groups?
The challenge is trying to understand their ever changing needs and trying to adhere to their rules. I think it’s a never ending cycle because things are so quickly changing in Government. You really need to stay on top of all the news around you.
3. If you had the chance to go back in time for one full day, where and when would you go?
I would go back to my first few years in Holland. Back when life was easy and all I did was sit in a row boat with my best friend with no worries or stress. We would just row around on the canals. Life was simple.
5. If a genie granted you three wishes, what would you ask for?
I would ask for endless amounts of time to spend with my daughter, to return to the resort in Jamaica where I married my husband (with my husband, of course) and a life time membership to Le Nordik Spa.
6. What is your fondest memory from the University of Guelph?
I think, more generally, what I liked the most was the great sense of community I had there. I made a lot of really good friends who I still keep in touch with. My professors were amazing. I worked downtown as well and developed some really great relationships; I really felt like I was part of the city. Overall, I had a really amazing University experience- a lot of fun.
7. How old is your daughter Maddy, and what is her favourite thing to do?
My daughter is two years old. She loves to go to the park and feed the ducks. As of late, she really likes to boss me around. Today she said “Mama go get my water” and “Mama go get my boots”.
8. Where are three places you would love to travel to?
Oh my gosh, if I had endless amounts of money I’d want to go everywhere. If I had to chose three, I would go to Prague, Thailand and Turks & Caicos.
9. Where is your favourite restaurant to eat in Ottawa?
To be honest, I love The Keg. Both the service and the food quality are very consistent. I have never been disappointed.
10. What type of person angers you the most?
Arrogance is really frustrating.
11. Name something you are very good at, and something you are very bad at.
I am very good at improvising bed time stories. I am bad at remembering people’s names, which is bad in my line of work so I’m trying to train myself.
12. What quality do you appreciate most in your husband?
I really appreciate his thoughtfulness.
13. If you could star in any TV show, past or present, which show would it be?
The Cosby Show. They’re the kind of family you would want to model after.
15. Describe yourself in one word.
Compassionate.
16. Since it is Friday, describe your perfect weekend!
It would have to be spending it with my family. I’d enjoy taking Maddy to her music class, having a picnic and going out for dinner with my husband.
17. What is your favourite quote/saying?
Don’t worry, be happy. (Ha, it’s a quote and a song! Words to live by. I love it)

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