Staff Profile: Megan Jones Special Events Manager
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During the Inn’s closure (due to precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic), Megan Jones, our Special Events Manager, took up quilting. “I’m now obsessed!” she says. Megan is supremely creative (a couple of her other interests include sewing and watercolour painting), so knowing she used the time to learn a crafty new skill comes as no surprise to us.
If she’s not busy inside, you’ll find this adventurous team member outside exploring. Scuba diving is another “major love” of hers and she has spent time in Mexico and the Canary Islands furthering her diving certifications. Closer to home, Megan spends her days off going hiking in Vancouver Island’s alpine terrain or exploring the North Island coast.
Originally from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Megan has a passion for the outdoors, and is often planning or embarking upon journeys to wild destinations—luckily the west coast has lots of this! And while we don’t have quite the same vibrant fall colours as out east, we do have the Tofino Botanical Gardens, which is Megan’s favourite place in Tofino to while away an afternoon with a cup of tea and a good book (her next read is Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan).
Megan has been a part of the Wickaninnish team for three years as our Special Events Assistant as well as an active member of the Wickaninnish Staff Committee. In April she took the helm of coordinating our Special Events, where she excels in helping guests plan exquisite celebrations for their special occasions.
Megan’s deft hand in this role is driven by years of experience in hospitality and inspired by the small businesses owners in the Tofino wedding industry. “The [wedding] planners, florists, photographers and DJs are a close-knit group,” she says. “With everything that has happened this past year with COVID-19, I have been truly inspired by each and every one of these people. They deeply care about each couple they work with, as well as each other, and have banded together to ensure that each couple’s day is as special as it can be whether the wedding is this year or postponed to 2021.”
While some things are better as routine—Megan says she always starts and ends her days with a simple cup of tea—the best advice she’s received and lives by comes from her dad: “Never pass up an opportunity to try something new.” Motivated by these wise words, we know Megan will continue to find inspiration in the work she does and look forward to seeing it unfold in her position at the Inn, as well as the talents she cultivates outside it.
Planning an amazing experience at the Inn? Whether a Shell Beach Wedding or a convivial gathering in Howard’s Wine Cellar, Megan is your talented guide.