Manic Monday – So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good bye….

Midnight Musings from our CEO

Okay stop what you are thinking…… for all of you that were about to wish me well and thinking thank goodness that Mandziuk is gone…I have some very disappointing news…I’m still here!

However we are sad to announce that a very familiar voice on the phone at the TOTA office is leaving us and tourism industry after a tremendous six years as part of our team.

Our very own Australian transplant Meaghan Racine, who worked at Big White and then the Capri Hotel after arriving in Canada joining us in June 2011, is saying farewell.

Meaghan quickly became a well known voice to our stakeholders working in the area of marketing, assisting program and campaign sales and leading the sales process for our regional guide. Over the past 3 years she also championed our Visitor Centre on the Coquihalla Connector during the summer months, elevating the quality of merchandise available and the overall visitor experience.

Our TOTA team will have a million memories of Meaghan not the least of which will be the  joys of eating Vegemite and that the letter “h” as in CHBC is in fact more accurately pronounced “heytch”!

It isn’t often over my tenure that we have had to say farewell to one of our team and we will certainly miss her energy and enthusiasm but we know that her move to Valley First Credit Union will provide her with new challenges and experiences and that they better be ready to be kept on their toes….

Farewell Megs… is definitely so long and not good bye…..


A Few Highlights From This Weeks News Centre

With Ontario ranking as the 3rd largest Domestic market for the Thompson Okanagan we are very pleased to see both WestJet and now Air Canada announcing additional direct flights connecting Kelowna and Toronto (read more); South Okanagan residents and visitors can celebrate the new partnership between Chef Rod Butters, partner Audrey Surrao and Hester Creeks Roger Gilliespie as they bring the best of RauDZ Regional Table to Terrafina this spring (read more); as part of our ongoing commitment to 150 activities around the region we are pleased to announce a series of Canadian Art Installations, Workshops and special events (read more).

Read all of this weeks News Centre stories at

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