Manic Monday – An International Perspective for our Region

Midnight Musings from our CEO

This past week TOTA welcomed another bright young individual to the team, Theresa Schroeter! Visiting us for six months from Germany, her international perspective, propensity for languages and ambition for education make her an amazing addition. It is another example of the way in which millennials worldwide are taking new and unique approaches to learning, education and the advancement of the careers. Please join us in welcoming her to Canada, the Okanagan and TOTA.

Please see a brief introduction from Theresa below:


My name is Theresa Schroeter and I am a 21-year-old student from Germany. Traveling and exploring other cultures is one of my passions, which lead me to studying “International Cultural and Business Studies”, a Bachelor Degree Program at University of Passau in Germany.  Recently I completed a semester abroad in Italy and now join TOTA’s team for 6 months to gain work experience in the tourism sector while also enjoying the beautiful Thompson Okanagan Region. A big fan of outdoor sports, especially skiing, wake-boarding, climbing and hiking – all activities this region has to offer and that I hope to have the opportunity to enjoy during my time here. Never one to turn down a*white* wine I am also very excited to tour some of the many wineries and vineyards in the region during my days off.

In the coming weeks and months I hope to successfully contribute to TOTA’s projects and believe my experience with leading a university group, dealing with different cultures during my stays abroad and being fluent in English, German, Italian and (with some practice) in Spanish will be an asset.

Thank you to TOTA for allowing me this opportunity I look forward to meeting many of the stakeholders and touring their businesses during my stay.


A Few Highlights from this Week’s News Centre…

For all the car buffs out there it is pretty exciting to see Tesla now available for rent (read more); Do you have what it takes to be the next great chef or could you use some young new talent? Either way join the Okanagan Chef’s Association in partnership with Okanagan College for their First Annual Tourism & Hospitality Career Fair April 23rd (read more); There was a spectacular 150 Celebration donation to the Okanagan Rail Trail made this past week as philanthropist George Galbraith added $150,000 to the funds raised thus far and will match donations until June 30th up to a further $150,000! (read more).

Read all of this week’s News Centre stories at

We hope you keep following and contributing on TOTA’s Facebook and Twitter sites throughout the week; send us your stories, photos, events and remarkable experiences. Make sure the industry knows what is happening around our region and be sure to use the #route97 and #explorebc when posting your tourism shots and stories from around the region.

REMINDER: please send us your 150 Celebrations activities and events to

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