Inguna Ramina, Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre, ON, Canada
I am a Sales Manager at Muskoka Steamships and Discovery Centre- a charitable not for profit organization situated in Ontario, Canada. I have been with the organization since 2007 and slowly moved through the ranks from Ticket Office Clerk to Sales Manager. Muskoka’s steamship heritage is older than in Canada. The first ship steamed Lake Muskoka in 1866. In 2017, we marked the amazing RMS Segwun’s 130-year history. She is North America’s oldest operating mail steamship. Wenonah II, a modern interpretation of a traditional steamship, is named in honor of Wenonah, the first steamship to sail Lake Muskoka. Muskoka Discovery Centre is a one-of-a-kind museum that inspires curiosity and feeds the imagination for persons from 1 to 101 as you discover our history of steamships, wooden boats, resort hotels, aboriginal and early settlers through interactive exhibits, hands-on experiences and our stories of life in and on the water.
Information is key during this time as we are all in the same boat together. The virus has acted as a leveling tool to our society and business as it has touched the lives of everybody. Exchange of information and success stories will be very important in restarting the economy and particularly the tourism sector. Together we will get through this and sharing stories will make us stronger and prepared for the new “normal”.