13 Things You Didn't Know About ... Dianne Hounsome
This month we introduce you to Dianne Hounsome, CVOA's Vice-Chair.
A Few Things Almost Everyone Knows About Dianne:
Where I Grew Up: On Sparrow Lake in the middle of Bayview Wildwood Resort in Port Stanton, Ontario.
Family: I am married to Charles Hounsome (who is 20 years older than me) and we have twins, Sydney and Chris, who are now 22 and just getting into their new careers. I also have two step-sons, Todd is an Investment Broker and Scott is a corporate lawyer. We have two grandchildren, Emma (4) and Charlotte (7), who stay with “Grammy Di” quite a bit in the summer.
Hobbies: Reading, cruising, looking after grandkids and playing with my two Australian Shepherds.
Food & Drink: Love wine! Love food!
What I Drive: A GMC Sierra - yes - a 4-wheel drive truck.
13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Dianne:
1. Reading: The Divergent series
2. Watching: Game of Thrones
3. Always On My Desk: Pad of paper with my to-do list, which is always changing and never done.
4. Favourite Tech Gadget: Google tablet - have everything on it.
5. What I Wanted To Be When I Grow Up And Why: A veterinarian - I have always been around and loved animals.
6. First job In Hospitality/Shared Ownership: At 8 years old I worked in the "Tuck Shop" at the resort. Candy, ice cream - yum!
7. How/Why I Joined This Crazy Industry: I was set to get my Masters and PhD in Tourism and teach at a university, but I came home to work in the family resort business. Now I’m a 5th generation resort operator.
8. Next On My Bucket List: I just completed a scuba diving course and crossed it off my bucket list. Next is a trip to Northern Europe, Ireland and Scotland.
9. What I’m Passionate About: My family, resort and long-term guests.
10. My Business Mantra: Lead by example.
11. Biggest Risk I Ever Took: Taking on two step-sons who were only 7 and 12 years younger than me … and both of them worked for me.
12. Something I Had To Learn On The Fly: Computer networking for the resort.13. Window Or Aisle: I prefer the aisle because I like being able to get up without bothering other passengers.