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PODCAST: Paul Drummond, Tigh-Na-Mara GM, retires

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Host Peter McCully welcomes Paul Drummond, the recently retired general manager of Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville.

Listeners are treated to a captivating journey of Drummond’s extensive career in the hospitality industry. Using humorous anecdotes and reflections, he shares insights from his 16 years at Tigh-Na-Mara and his adventures across the globe.

Drummond entered the industry at the age of 16, securing a job at the Regina Inn after a brief stint at McDonald’s. The conversation weaves through time, traversing his experiences in various locations, including Chicago, Minneapolis and Singapore. Listeners hear tales of encounters with notable figures like Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey during Drummond’s time in Chicago.

Drummond has worked in exotic locales such as Cairo and marvels at the ancient pyramids while sharing heartwarming memories of camel rides with his daughter in the Sahara.

A rapid-fire round of questions reveals intriguing facets of Paul’s life, from serving Lady Diana to his favourite regional dishes from Malaysia.

Drummond and his team have been holding the annual Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive for the SOS for 15 years. He reflects on the community’s generosity.

“The community has donated over 20,000 toys, $42,000 in gift cards, $107,000 in cash and cheques,” he said. “So absolutely incredible, and I tell you, it’s got to put a lot of smiles on kids’ faces that wouldn’t have smiles ordinarily.”

Listeners gain insights into his future plans, centered around family, travel and the pursuit of a well-deserved retirement.

His advice to aspiring hospitality professionals serves as a fitting finale, underscoring the endless opportunities and rewards the industry can offer.

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Peter McCully

About the Author: Peter McCully

Peter has been a broadcaster and publisher on both of Canada’s coasts and has owned a small newspaper and run an advertising agency along the way.
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