PEOPLE Update July 3, 2018

go2HR has a new board. Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Ottawa Downtown announce new sales team: LA Palomar, Monica Hailstone and Julie Aziz. Danielle Stothers now general manager of SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort.


go2HR, BC’s
tourism human resource association, is pleased to welcome four tourism industry
professionals to its board of directors, joining eleven directors who were
re-appointed or continuing their terms. These directors were elected at go2HR’s
Annual General Meeting on June 192018

They are: Craig Blize,
VP of Operations, Earls Restaurants; Jeff
, Executive Director, Alliance of Beverage Licensees
(ABLE BC); Sarah
, Director, Community & Government Relations,
Whistler Backcomb; and Jacqueline
, Director, Global Marketing Channels, Destination
British Columbia.

J.J. Belanger, general manager, Crystal Cove Resort, has been elected as the new chair of the
board, and Eda Koot, general manager, Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport, as vice chair.

The go2HR board of directors represents a
cross-section of BC’s tourism industry including business operators, industry
associations and educational institutions from different regions of the
province. The board provides leadership to support go2HR’s mandate of assisting
BC’s tourism industry with labour market challenges and other HR issues.

June 22, 2018: Denis Gilles, General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn and
Homewood Suites, Ottawa Downtown, is pleased to present the newest hospitality
sales team in downtown Ottawa. 

June 22, 2018: Denis Gilles, general manager of the Hilton Garden Inn and
Homewood Suites, Ottawa Downtown, is pleased to present the newest hospitality
sales team in downtown Ottawa. 

LA Palamar, director of sales and marketing,
brings to the position over 25 years of hospitality and tourism sales, sales
training and public relations experience. 
Working with brands such as Sheraton, Delta and Ramada, LA has worked at
the property, regional and national levels of the hospitality industry. She is the incoming president of the Ottawa
Bytown Rotary Club, and can be found taking advantage of Ottawa’s many music
festivals whenever possible. 

in hospitality sales with Delta and Fairmont, Monica Hailstone is the senior sales manager, responsible for the Corporate and Association markets. She was most recently regional director
for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, overseeing USA, Canada and
Latin America, where her responsibilities included business development, lead
generation, marketing and strategic planning. Now that spring has arrived, you
may find her playing in the dirt at her local community garden, or enjoying
the bike paths in Ottawa.

Julie Aziz, sales manager, is a graduate of the
Capilano College Tourism Management Program. 
She began her career with Westin in Vancouver before joining Delta in
Ottawa. Moving through progressively
senior management positions, Her experience includes leadership roles in food
and beverage and working with the pre-opening team of the Delta Toronto. Aziz will work with the First Nations and Government markets. She can be found doing anything outdoors; running, soccer,
camping, hiking and of course patios! 

True Key Hotels & Resorts (True Key)
is pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Stothers as general manager
of SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort. Since moving to Vancouver
Island over a decade ago, Stothers has held a variety of hospitality roles where
she developed a wide knowledge and experience base. This coupled with her
enthusiasm for the Sooke area will serve her well in her new general manager position.

Danielle embodies the
True Key vision and corporate culture through her personal values and commitment
to customer service excellence. Her professional experience and knowledge of
the hotel industry will be important assets when building the True Key business
at SookePoint,” said Michael Anderson, president of True Key. We look forward
to many future successes for Danielle at SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort.”