What was your childhood nickname?
I didn’t have one.
How long have you been a tour guide?
Why did you become a tour guide?
I love to travel and wanted to work in a field I would enjoy. I especially enjoy meeting people from other parts of the world and learning about their life.
What did you do in a past life/what do you do when you’re not moonlighting as a tour guide?
I’ve had many careers. My degree is in Home Economics and I have worked in that area, but I’ve also worked in the non-profit sector. My favourite thing to do is tour guiding. When I’m not working, I enjoy walking outdoors, reading, sewing and spending time with family, which usually includes very delicious food!
What is your favourite…
• I don’t think of any one particular landmark as my favourite. It is the architecture in general and all of the heritage buildings in Winnipeg which embody our history that I most appreciate – both old and new.
• Assiniboine Park – with the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden – is another special place for me. In any season, the snowy figures of the sculpture garden are always appealing and there are some very friendly birds that can be coaxed to eat right out of your hand. That’s always a thrill.
• With so many restaurants in Winnipeg, we make it our practice to try new ones every year. I like Stella’s for breakfast or lunch. They have yummy breads and they make great jams, which can also be purchased at the counter. And you can’t beat Segovia for tapas!
Local sports team?
• The Jets have captured everyone’s enthusiasm.
• No one in particular, but I have always enjoyed children’s entertainer Fred Penner.
What is your most memorable moment as a tour guide?
Well, this is a bit embarrassing; it’s about leaving a couple behind, but not altogether unknowingly. I had just done a walkabout at The Forks, and when the group boarded the bus, an older couple was missing. So I hopped off the bus and ran through the entire area, which was no small feat, considering it’s quite spread out. I returned to the bus couple-less, and they hadn’t shown up in the meantime, either. So I did it all over again, still no couple. Now this tour was for a group on a train layover and there was a very finite amount of time before boarding time, so we certainly had to move on for the sake of the other patrons and, since The Forks is well within view of the train station I was confident my 2 missing in action would make it back there. So off we went, me with a very odd feeling but the tour must go on!
Our next stop was at the Manitoba Legislative building where we proceeded to tour the interior. When we exited, there was my missing couple. Apparently a Winnipeg police officer had seen their dilemma and offered them a ride to the Legislative Building. So, into the backseat they went behind the bars like common criminals and were driven in “style” to the next tour stop. They apologized profusely for not following the proper directions through gales of laughter at having the police accompany them to the Legislative Building. I think they even took photos behind bars just to show friends and family. What can I say? Only in Winnipeg!
P.S. If you tour with me, I promise not to leave you behind!