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Inspiring Women – International Women’s Day 2022
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Inspiring Women – International Women’s Day 2022

Happy International Women’s Day! Today we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Fairmont Chateau Whistler has been long committed to championing women in the workplace and supporting their professional development through our RIISE program. Here at the hotel, we are strengthened by our diverse Executive Team and in honour of the day, we would like to take a bit of time to spotlight our dynamic female leaders.

Wendy Hargreaves – Director Of Sales And Marketing

Q | What did your career path look like to bring you to this point in senior leadership?

WH: My career path has included a number of different positions and types of organizations, from world-class fishing resorts to luxury hotels. I have enjoyed the variety and believe that embracing diverse experiences is extremely beneficial. My advice… be flexible and open to new opportunities.

Liane Bedard – Director Of Revenue Management

Q | What advice would you have for women as they grow professionally?
Be open to the opportunities. Everyone’s career path can look different and still accomplish the same success. Be adaptable and ready to learn and grow in any direction that continues to pursue your long term career goals.

Yasmin Haufschild – Director Of Public Relations

Q | What did your career path look like to bring you to this point in senior leadership?

Adventurous by nature, I thrive when opportunities take me out of my comfort zone. That is when the biggest personal growth occurs. My adventure in hospitality began when I enrolled into a Hotel Management program that was taught in French. I didn’t speak the language, but I had faith that I would overcome this minor hurdle.

Every decade has presented new opportunities for learning. In my twenties I was a Foodie. A professional Cook that worked up to Restaurant Manager. In my thirties I became a Conference Service Manager as I figured it wouldn’t be that different from having a big dinner party (major reality check here!). In my forties I was waving around a magic wand creating unique experiences for guests in Special Events. Today, I am starting an exciting new journey as a storyteller in Public Relations. Be limitless. Where there is a will, there is a way.

Lindsay Cathcart – Assistant Director Of Catering & Conference Services

Q | What advice would you have for women as they grow professionally?
Network with like-minded women (Worth Association is a great forum) and participate in the mentorship program. Show initiative and take risks.

Kourtney McKercher – Director Of Rooms

Q | What advice would you have for women as they grow professionally?

If you don’t make time for your wellness you’ll be forced to make time for your illness.

Christine Boyle – Fairmont Gold Manager

Q | What advice would you have for women as they grow professionally?

Take every encounter as a chance to build relationships and create a connection. Whether it’s a fellow Heartist in the elevator, a guest in the lobby or a chance encounter in the village – it’s incredible what you will learn and who you will meet just by saying hello. When faced with a challenge, often these bonds will become your key to success. Every role I’ve had at Fairmont Chateau Whistler relies on collaboration to succeed and having a room attendant who you’ve helped strip rooms or an engineer whose child goes to daycare with yours, or even a customer that knows your story can often pave the way to a successful outcome and makes every day more meaningful.  

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