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Hotel Eldorado: A Lakefront Postcard from Kelowna

If you’ve not yet been to British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, you’re in for a treat.

The Gals at the El 2016I popped up to Kelowna yesterday for a Friday night catch up with the gals. Where better to get together than at our old haunt, Hotel Eldorado?

After a scenic drive up from the coast, I checked into the El, and then we were utterly spoiled with great service from Kate, Chris and more.

With gorgeous end-of-September weather, we started outdoors and eventually made our way to the indoor lounge.

Hotel Eldorado Copper Ceilings Copyright Shelagh DonnellyThe hotel is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and has done so with  with a recent refurbishment.

This boutique waterfront property has retained its character while adding elements such as the gorgeous copper ceilings you’ll see here.

I didn’t spend the entire afternoon and evening soaking up wine and the El’s famous Crantinis, however. Before meeting up with the gals, I was given a tour of the property and some of the renewal. How would you like to soak your cares away in this lakeview tub?

Hotel Eldorado Bath Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

Or, you can soak up the views of Okanagan Lake from this pool and hot tub.Hotel Eldorado Pool and Spa Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

I’m off now to enjoy some Okanagan sunshine, but will leave you with a some glimpses of the expansive rooftop views I woke up to this morning.

Hotel Eldorado Rooftop 43901 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

All was quiet when I took these shots at sunrise today …

Hotel Eldorado Rooftop Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

… but it won’t stay that way long, as there’ll be an afternoon wedding under this pergola today. What a gorgeous setting in which to start a new life together!



A thought for your day, with my good wishes …


A thought for your day, with my good wishes …

Weekend Poll: What Makes You Special?

EAs, MAs, PAs and other admin. professionals are very good at making other people look good.  I’m thinking it’s a good idea for readers to also acknowledge your own career strengths, and attributes that make you particularly valued in your office.

I’m asking only two questions this week, and encourage you to take credit where credit is due – In other words, don’t be inappropriately modest. Take a bit of time to reflect, and then list up to six attributes or areas in which you shine on the job.

If the poll format doesn’t allow sufficient space, then feel free to instead click on the “Leave A Comment” link near the top of this post (it’s in the line just above the first sentence in this article). That will allow more room for your comments, and I’ll reflect such comments in the poll results next Tuesday, without linking them to your name unless you specifically ask me to.

Are you ready to acknowledge and share your strengths? Here’s this weekend’s poll question …

What attributes make you shine in your role as an admin. professional?

Please take a couple of minutes to complete the poll below, and I’ll publish results next Tuesday. “Select” whichever responses apply, and remember to CLICK on the “VOTE” ICON AFTER EACH QUESTION. Remember: you can click on the “Leave a Comment” icon if you need more space for your responses.

Charlotte Ellis: Insights from London

Today we’re making our way to London, England.

Do you ever wonder how your career compares with those of admin. professionals from other countries and continents? Exceptional EA showcases Real Careers, in which administrators from around the globe generously share the benefit of their experience.  

To date, we’ve made virtual trips to 21 countries in Africa, Europe, North and South America and the UK – and interviewed dozens of women and men who have built strong administrative careers.

Today, we’re off to London to meet with Charlotte Ellis. To see the insights she’s gained, click here or follow the drop-down lists under Real Careers and then check the drop-down list of names under England. 

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