The best part of Villa Manager Melissa McLaughlin’s role is getting to know the guests, hearing their stories and helping them enjoy Hester Creek and the Okanagan Valley. Melissa was born in Vancouver and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. After completing university in Ottawa, Melissa moved back to the West Coast to settle in Victoria where she worked in the sales industry for over 10 years. In 2009, Melissa decided to follow her passion for travel. Spending four years living, volunteering and working abroad, she adopted new insights and ways of living. Whether in Argentina, Chile, Spain, Ireland or New Zealand, Melissa did what she could to soak up the culture, living and learning wherever she found herself. In Melissa’s spare time you’ll find her playing squash, running, playing the guitar, cooking or spending time with friends. She sees hospitality as her opportunity to pay it forward, passing on great moments and kindnesses she received in her travels.