I am not one to say goodbyes. I will not be doing that here as this message is not about me. It is about Revelstoke. I wanted you to know this decision has been more difficult than I could have ever imagined. Writing this message took several attempts, prayers and deep breaths as I reflected back over the past 18 months.
This Friday (June 17th) I will be leaving Revelstoke to take the position of Marketing Communications Specialist, Tourism with the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation, in my hometown. I am excited about this new opportunity yet deeply saddened to be leaving you, for now. I could not possibly put my gratitude all into words. I am however hopeful this will give you a glimpse of what living here has meant.
When the day came of my arrival in Revelstoke in early November 2009, I knew that I would have big shoes to fill. But I also knew I was in for something truly special, magical is more the word. Having been given the task of being your Revelstoke Tourism Marketing Coordinator was an honour. I can only hope that I have helped to raise the bar, even if only leaving your paradise slightly better off than before my arrival. I have worked with so many wonderful people through my work projects which inspired me every day and made my job a wonderful adventure.
Revelstoke Tourism will continue to lead the charge as the Community Destination Marketing Organization. We are pushing forward in the destination product lifecycle evolution towards an even brighter tomorrow. Successful destination marketing takes a believing community to deliver its message, product and services, collectively, while striving to give visitors the best possible experience every day. A few of the traits that sets Revelstoke apart from other 4-season destinations is community engagement and the real sense of place in a mountain paradise. The heritage, arts and cultural experiences are alive and true to their roots here. The sense of pride is inspiring.
I have also been incredibly blessed by your spirit of adventure. I will never forget the kind and willing people who have showed me the way. Going on a ski trip to our local world-class mountains every weekend in winter, losing count of the deep powder days and looking up at the massive snow banks was truly special. The alpine meadows in late summer, trying my car and bike up logging roads and following bears around town in my car. All of these experiences made Revelstoke feel like home.
I want to thank you, for opening up your arms and giving me your utmost confidence to be your Tourism Marketing Coordinator. My experience was truly awesome and I could not possibly thank you enough for all the kind support you have given me.
I thought this quote by Anatole France speaks well to the spirit of Revelstoke –
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream; not only plan but also believe.”
Until our paths cross again down the road of life. Forever yours Revelstoke.
Marketing Coordinator, Revelstoke Tourism