Julieta began working with us in July 2010 as a Room Attendant and is now our Housekeeping Supervisor. Prior to coming to Tofino, she was working in the housekeeping department at the Diamond Hotel in Manila, Philippines which is where she is originally from. She applied to work abroad and was selected with her first job being in Tofino, Canada with us at the Lodge! Having never been to Vancouver Island or Tofino before she had no idea what to expect. Since she was living in the city before moving here, the remote nature of the community took some getting used to, but she quickly fell in love with the lifestyle, eventually convincing her siblings to come abroad and experience the west coast. When she is not working, she is exploring her passion for traveling the world and the next country on her list is Russia. This year, Julieta received the prestigious ‘Employee of The Year’ award from the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce for her outstanding work ethic recognized within the community. We are so proud of her for this achievement and look forward to watching her succeed for many years to come. Congratulations Julieta!
Maxeen started with us in 2019 as our Events Coordinator! She began her hospitality career 2012 as a student studying Hospitality Management here on the Island. She then went on to diversify her skills by working in some amazing destinations and resorts in Alberta and British Columbia doing a variety of roles in food and beverage, including attaining her WSET Level 2. Maxeen has been assisting our wedding couples pivot during this pandemic and she has also had to postpone her own wedding twice! After being engaged for two years she was finally able to have her special day last month with her closest friends and family. Maxeen was recently promoted to our Events Manager and she is very excited to continue planning special events and weddings, especially as restrictions begin to lift. Congratulations Maxeen!
Alfonso began working with us in August 2019 as our Laundry Supervisor and is now our Assistant Housekeeping Manager. From the moment we hired Alfonso, we knew that he would be a wonderful addition to our team. Originally from Mexico, he started out his hospitality career over 15 years ago working on cruise ships where he held the position of Steward and was promoted to the supervisor of the department. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer and swimming- although he finds the Canadian waters a bit chillier than those of his hometown in the Mexican Pacific! If you visit the Lodge you are sure to pass him in the hallways hard at work behind the scenes to ensure our property is spotless. Say hello to Alfonso on your next visit!
Erica has been a member of our team since July 2020 coming to us originally from the UK! Erica has a diverse background which includes the UK Military, events, guest services and restaurant management. Learning to surf is what brought her to Tofino, but rather than riding the waves, she much prefers to watch them on the beach with a good book! She is one of our Guest Services superstars who loves greeting our Guests upon their first arrival to the Lodge. Her welcoming personality and sense of humour are a couple of things that make her so special. Next time you are at the Lodge be sure to say hello to Erica at our Guest Services Desk!
Chance has been a member of our team since March 2010 where he started his hospitality career as a laundry attendant! Chance is originally an East Coaster, born in New Brunswick and came to Tofino 'just for the summer' as many have done in the past. It didn't take long before the west coast captured his heart and he realized he has a passion for surfing! In 2013 Chance became our Surf Club Manager which is the perfect job for him, a friendly yet knowledgeable and skilled surfer! If you have not yet met Chance stop by the Surf Club for a few surfing pointers or one of his famous hot chocolates!