Dock Talk

The New Comer

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - May 14, 2011

I came to Painter’s Lodge two days ago to receive some marketing training. This would allow me to return to the Canadian Princess based out of Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island and begin my much anticipated job there. I have to say that when I arrived at Painter’s Lodge, I was humbled by the extensively manicured lawns, beautiful burgundy buildings, and a double rainbow sweeping across the channel to April Point. I felt my training in such a large resort would be specific, from the book, and that the staff would only take passing notice during my three day stay.
To be short, I could not have been more wrong. I met with the general manager Christine Fleming, who welcomed me with a warm smile and insisted her door was always open over the course of my stay. I began working with Caylin who was more than happy to show me around the 94 room property spread over 5 acres. Before I knew it, I was meeting staff from the kitchen, bar, and boat house, all equally happy to make my acquaintance, find out my story, and share theirs.
Having a casual dinner in the Tyee Pub while watching the Sharks seal Detroit’s fate in the semi-finals of the western conference of the NHL, I met Michael O’Hara, the general manager of April Point. Before I knew it, I felt like I was enjoying the game among friends and found Michael insisting I come over for a tour and visit the following day. April Point was equally impressive with a unique focus on personal adventure; whether it is renting kayaks, bikes, scooters, taking an afternoon at the Spa, or playing a game of life size chess and checkers, there really does seem to be something for everyone.  
I spent today learning the front desk operation at Painter’s Lodge from Adelle, Justin, Karen, and Marjan. After a few hours, it was as if I had worked here for weeks and with the other staff saying hello all the while, I felt like I’ve been here for months. Both April Point and Painter’s Lodge are lucky to have such dedicated and gregarious people working for them and it shows. I will be sorry to leave tomorrow, but am excited by the prospect of finding a similar home in the Oak Bay Marine Group family at the Canadian Princess.
-Chris White