Featured this month is Jacqueline Birk, our Sales and Marketing Manager extraordinaire.
How long have you been with us at Sparkling Hill?
I have been lucky enough to work here for 2 years.
Why did you choose to work at Sparkling Hill Resort?
It is the best Luxury Resort in the Okanagan. I also believe in Health and Wellness so this was a natural fit for me.
What past education, experiences or career paths have lead you to your current position?
I have worked in Tourism for many years. Working for CP Hotels/Fairmont and Lake Louise Ski Resort/Gondola has given me invaluable experience to my career. I have been able to travel the globe to promote a lot of great tourism products and promote some of the best destinations Canada has to offer. I am excited that my career path has lead me to Sparkling Hill Resort.
What has been the most memorable experience or opportunity you’ve had since working for a Health & Wellness Resort?
The older I get the more I try and work on my Health and Wellness. I am excited on a personal level that I have the opportunity to help form and participate in a new Health and Wellness program (Be the Best You) that we are offering at the Resort. It is incorporating everything we have at Sparkling Hill. From the Bod Pod (seeing how fit you really are) daily activity class, daily hiking, cooking demonstrations, spa services, daily cryo cold chamber (-110 degrees below zero) and educational lectures by our wellness lead, Dr. Strauss on helping you with a successful health and wellness journey.
How are you continuing education or working toward professional goals?
While I am at conferences there are professional development seminars that I participate in. I enjoy learning about Tourism and keeping up with the fast pace of this industry. I am a big believer that you should learn something new every day. I am always learning from Tourism and the Health Wellness Industry.
Life in General
Tell us about your background. Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in BC. I did move to Alberta for 20 years after high school but have recently moved back to my home province. Being back in BC has given me the opportunity to spend my time with my big family.
What are you passionate about? What motivates you?
My family motivates me. They make me want to be a better person every day. I also very much enjoy the outdoors. I believe fresh air is good for your wellbeing.
What do you enjoy doing most during your free time? What are you favorite hobbies?
I enjoy a lot of outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, golfing, paddle boarding, boating, floating, and gardening.
What do you think is the best thing about living in the Okanagan?
Fresh air, fresh food, great weather and floating in warm water are some of the things I like best about the Okanagan.
What is your favorite food?
I enjoy anything out of my garden.
Where in the world have you travelled to? What took you there?
I have been lucky enough to travel to a lot of places around the world because of my career. Some of the places I have been are: China, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, Mongolia, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, UK and of course North America. My favorite is still Canada. I love to see different parts of this earth to learn about different cultures and try to travel on a personal basis at least once a year.
Which destination would you most like to visit and why?
I would like to visit Egypt. As I have always wanted to see the pyramids and also stand beside the “Giza” sign.
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
I would love to teleport. I would love to do a hike in one country and then have a nice dinner in another.
Who has been your hero? Someone that you look up to in life?
My Parents will always be my hero’s. They showed me values, respect and the importance of being you. They also taught me the value of Family.
How do you incorporate Health and Wellness into your life?
I try to do an activity every day, even if it is just a walk to get in my steps.
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