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Speak Your Mind–Avana Gjendem
Avana Gjendem, marketing and event coordinator for St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino is a busy woman in a demanding position. She took time recently to answer a few questions about herself and work at one of the region’s premier destinations.
Q: Where did you live before you came here and what makes you stay?
A: I moved here from Vancouver two years ago. Coming from the big city, I have to say that I was a little intimidated coming to a small community.
In Vancouver, I was just a fish in a large pond. Here, the pond is a lot smaller, but there has been an amazing feeling of inclusion.
There seems to be a real interest in seeing the local economy grow as well as keeping good people (potential employees) here in the area. I see it in all aspects of this community. I honestly think I’ve been given wings just by coming here and I can say with certainty that I’m not going back to Vancouver.
Q: The St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino is a big part of the local economy. As a woman, do you feel like you are treated as well as a man would in your position?
A: This is the first place I can truly say they really do revere women.
Max Dressler (CEO) and the executive team have been very supportive.
I feel that a true leader is not just a boss, but someone who is generous in nature and encourages you to grow while they support you. I feel that support here and that they really stand behind their staff.
Q: Speak Your Mind, The Kootenay Women’s Show, is being held at the pavilion at the resort. Obviously you have an interest in making sure the event goes well, but beyond that, what is the most exciting part of this year’s show for you?
A: I’m really looking forward to seeing Wendy Mesley, the guest speaker. She is a strong, independent woman.
Last week’s Speak Your Mind, the Kootenay Women’s Show Platinum Sponsor feature attibuted the photo as “submitted.”
Instead, it and all the photos in this series were created by Wells Photographic Design.