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Merry Christmas

24 / 12 / 20

It is hard to believe that Christmas is upon us. It may not feel as festive as in years gone by, and we may not be able to celebrate it as we have in the past, but it is still a special time of year. Many of us are unable to spend time with the family we would love to see, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot be together in spirit this year.  Thankfully we live in an age where technology has made communication easier that it was in the past. We have the ability to Zoom, or Facetime, or one of the many other options to see and speak to each other over the miles this holiday season. Maybe we should take some of this “alone time” to write an actual letter to someone we care about-when was the last time any of us did that? And when was the last time most of us received a personal letter from a friend or family member?

While Covid has certainly changed EVERYTHING in our lives’, lets remember it is not forever, and better days do lie ahead.  We are not quite done with this pandemic, but it appears we are closer to the end than to the beginning.  Let’s all do our part to make sure that it does not  cause any more deaths that could have been prevented in the next few months while we await the vaccines to finally put it in it’s place. Until then, lets mask up, sanitize, and social distance. We can do the hugs and handshakes next year, after all.

 

Winter on the Island

13 / 11 / 20

The leaves are falling off the trees, there is a chill in the air-even frost some mornings-and the geese have migrated south. Summer is long gone, and in spite of what the calendar may say, it seems winter is here. While we are blessed with the best climate in Canada, the days are still short, the sun still hides away behind the clouds many days.

This winter has sadly brought with it the resurgence of the Covid-19 virus across the continent. Vancouver Island has been very lucky to this point in having only the most minimal brush with Covid, but none of us can forget it is still there. We work to ensure we increase our vigilance and efforts to keep it under control. We have gotten used to wearing masks at work, and “hiding” behind plexiglas at the Front Desk. We have hand sanitizer behind the Front Desk, in Housekeeping, in the lobby, and even providing it in our guest rooms. Masked Housekeepers stalk the walkways with sanitizer guns, and Front Desk staff are becoming addicted to the smell of Lysol wipes. While a mere 9 or 10 months ago this would all have seemed silly and unnecessary, now it is just a part of our daily operations.

We also know, and experience, that this is putting everyone under a lot of stress they could do without. That applies to our guests, our suppliers, and yes, even our staff and management. We are working even harder to make your stay a pleasant one, as a smiling face still matters. And I know you can still see and hear a smile through the mask! We know that things are not entirely like they “used to be”, and we miss that too. Wile we work hard to be compassionate, we do ask that you, our guests, treat our hardworking crew with the respect and compassion they deserve.

James

Merry Christmas

24 / 12 / 20

It is hard to believe that Christmas is upon us. It may not feel as festive as in years gone by, and we may not be able to celebrate it as we have in the past, but it is still a special time of year. Many of us are unable to spend time with the family we would love to see, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot be together in spirit this year.  Thankfully we live in an age where technology has made communication easier that it was in the past. We have the ability to Zoom, or Facetime, or one of the many other options to see and speak to each other over the miles this holiday season. Maybe we should take some of this “alone time” to write an actual letter to someone we care about-when was the last time any of us did that? And when was the last time most of us received a personal letter from a friend or family member?

While Covid has certainly changed EVERYTHING in our lives’, lets remember it is not forever, and better days do lie ahead.  We are not quite done with this pandemic, but it appears we are closer to the end than to the beginning.  Let’s all do our part to make sure that it does not  cause any more deaths that could have been prevented in the next few months while we await the vaccines to finally put it in it’s place. Until then, lets mask up, sanitize, and social distance. We can do the hugs and handshakes next year, after all.