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The strength of The Chamber is our members and the people who run these outstanding businesses. These interviews have been edited for length and clarity. To see the full interviews, or find out how you can be featured, visit our website www.victoriachamber.ca


Loren (right) plays host to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a tall ship day sail on October 1, 2016.

Executive Director S.A.L.T.S. Sail and Life Training Society What do you like most

EVERY about your job? YEAR S.A.L.T.S. It combines my TEACHES 1700 administrative gifts with my love of YOUNG PEOPLE TO watersports while SAIL OUR TWO TALL SHIPS doing fulfilling SO THEY CAN GROW work alongside THROUGH CHALLENGING kind and caring EXPERIENCES AND people. What is COMMUNITY LIVING. the best perk of

NATASHA RICHARDSON General Manager Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa What project is your business proudest of? BRENTWOOD We are most proud BAY RESORT & SPA of developing IS AN AWARD WINNING, The Emergent 5-STAR OCEANFRONT Leaders BOUTIQUE RESORT WITH 35 Program and BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED SUITES, bringing it to our staff and AN AWE-INSPIRING DINING ROOM, the community. A CASUAL PUB, A WELLNESS What is your CENTRE AND A MARINA company’s ALL TAILORED FOR THE greatest strength? LUXURY TRAVELLER. The culture of our organization. How is your business innovative? We have one of the most progressive important life lesson for someone to human resources and talent management learn? Realizing the tremendous power programs in North America. The purpose of truth and recognizing the awesome of our human resources initiatives is to capacity of individuals who determine contribute to the development of more their own lives and overcome their own self-aware and open individuals with greater fears by looking openly and honestly self-esteem. We often feel like we are laying at themselves. Where can we find you a new path in human resources—it is very on the weekend? The Comox Valley. rewarding. What is new with your business? My home is in Courtenay, my work is in We have just launched a new website Victoria. Could you manage without (brentwoodbaywellness.ca) to promote our your cell phone? Yes! I try to spend one Wellness Centre workshops and treatments. day per week without my cell phone. If What are you passionate about? Helping you could have dinner with anyone alive individuals and organizations become or dead who would it be? Will Schutz more real and contribute in meaningful ways. What do you think is the most


your job? I get some phenomenal “business trips”—like sailing for ten days this summer around Haida Gwaii, or a past sailing from Fiji to Vanuatu. Best team-building moment or program you’ve ever experienced? Can I pick our own program? It takes everyone on board, all pulling in the same direction, to raise our ship’s massive sails. What is your organization’s greatest strength? We care about people and facilitate a genuine community, which is transformative for those involved. How is technology changing your work? Our current wooden-hulled ships can no longer sail to overseas ports, which is one reason we will be building a new steel-hulled schooner starting next year. How is your organization involved in the community? We partner with over a dozen other non-profit organizations and provide $125,000 in bursary funding each year. What were your first jobs? Paper route, landscaper, stock boy. What is one job you could never do? Anything medical—I get squeamish around blood since watching my wife have an emergency C-section. Dogs or Cats? Just kids (three!) Favourite place on Vancouver Island? Lower Myra Falls in Strathcona Park, near my hometown of Gold River. What’s something people may not know about you? I’m a man. Seriously Victoria, please stop calling me Mrs. Hagerty, just because my name sounds like the common female moniker “Lauren”! What do you think is an important life lesson for someone to learn? Maintaining “humble confidence” through every success, failure, and challenge.


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May Business Matters 2017  

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