The main crew is comprised of 2 great individuals who back in the year 2000 decided to pursue a lifelong dream of owning their own business by dropping an offer that would eventually turn into reality early April 2001. The two were born and raised in the immediate area. They come from slightly different walks of life having acquired skills through past employments that have become extremely helpful and crucial in the everyday management of Memquisit Lodge. Let's meet each of them.
Charlene & Frank Daoust
Charlene was born and raised in Monetville Ontario, which is basically the same town Memquisit lodge is located. She is happily married to Frank and is the mother of two children, a son of 23 years of age and a daughter of 21 years of age.
She brings to the business numerous years of office experience handling and meeting difficult deadlines on a timely basis. Her unparalleled composure and pleasantness provide the lodge with an ideal character to effectively handle customer's requirements.
Her personal working experience brought her from working in a local restaurant in her high school years to Administrative Assistant for the French River Municipality and the Ontario Provincial Police local detachment office.
Frank needless to say is happily married to Charlene. He was born and raised in Noelville, a small town located 10 miles west of Monetville.
Frank's background was obtained through various facets of retail marketing. He possesses a great understanding of what customers want and need. His marketing approach assures that our customers are well taken care of. Frank's flair for designing professional ads and artwork for the lodge provides a personal touch to all of our advertising. Over his career in the retail sector he has obtained numerous business connections throughout Ontario that serve the lodge's day to day activities very well.
The remainder of the Crew
Seb was only 4 yrs when we bought Memquisit Lodge. He was always to quick to let people know that "he Owned this place" until he got older and realised the amount of work it involved lol. Seb worked full time for us for many years until (2016) where he worked for the MNR and then on working in his field way up North. He has graduated from Cambrian College with an Electrical Engineering Technologist diploma. Meeting new people every year, his list of friendships made here is still growing. He does still guide for us when needed. He is pursuing a career in the Electrical Field and also talking about someday taking over the lodge.
Kaitlin moved to North Monetville at the age of 2 when we bought the lodge.
She worked full time for us up until the fall of 2018, waitressing, dishes, and other duties as mom and dad assigned lol. She enjoys serving as she gets to know the guests on a more personal level. This lifestyle is all she knows and has made alot of lifetime friends and experiences she will never forget. She now lives in Sudbury, works part-time at the LCBO and has transferred to the Criminology Program at Laurentian University. She will graduate in the spring of 2019 and is talking of pursuing a career with the OPP.
2001 to present
Franks mom, helping in every aspect of running this lodge that she can, from cleaner, server, baker etc she is dedicated to making sure her son and daughter in law are as successful as they can be while also ensuring the guests enjoy their stay. Franks father Mike, passed in November of 2019 and will be greatly missed but has left Frank with his knowledge and expertise in the kitchen with his recipes and talent. Nobody could rake up the leaves like Mike did for 19 years to get us ready for opening. Mike also was a big help in the kitchen when big groups were in, he kept us in check, from getting the coffee ready to preparing the bacon and sausage, working the grill and helping with measurements as he had a lot of experience serving over 200 people at a time with church functions. He was a big part of our family and is sadly missed.
2013 to present
Simone started off with our cleaning crew, and is now our head cleaning crew leader. She has a daughter, same age as Charlene and Franks. She is dedicated and brings many years of experience. Takes pride in her work.
2016 to present
Lorraine worked with our cleaning crew in the past and has come back as our cook. She keeps guests smiling, especially when they catch a whiff of her soup brewing for their supper. She is always pleasant and definitely an asset to Memquisit and fits in perfectly with our crew.
2015 to present
Charlene started part-time with us in 2015, she is now our second in command with our cleaning crew. A dedicated employee, taking pride in everything she does. She has 2 daughters, a grandson and a granddaughter.
2013 to present
Shirley is part of our cleaning crew and also kitchen help. She is always smiling and is an asset to our business.
2001 - present
Since Billy retired, Archie is our call in guide and a good one at that. Archie has been navigating this lake all of his life. His ability to put you on a spot where you will catch fish is remarkable. In addition, he will cook a shore lunch that will certainly satisfy your taste buds and leave you smacking your lips throughout the remainder of the year as you think back on your guided day.
Zak started working for us part-time in 2015. He is our choreboy; cutting grass, serving gas, garbage and wood run. We keep him busy. He Has excellent customer service skills and fits well in our growing CREW staff.
Ryan started with us April 2017. Ryan comes from Cache Bay, a small town East of us, right outside of Sturgeon Falls. He is dedicated and loves to interact with clients. He brings a unique flavour to our crew. He will be attending College Boreal taking Mechanical Engineering Technician in September.
2014 to present
Natalya works in the background, washing the endless amount of dishes, pretty much daily. She to, like her mother always has a smile and enjoys what she does.
Our Weekend Crew
Without our weekend clean-up crew it would be impossible to prepare our cabins on time. These people work relentlessly against the clock having to prepare up to 18 cabins in a maximum time of 5 hours from check out to check in. One cannot forget that in order to perform this work these individuals basically have to be rock climbers, as a number of our cabins require them to haul heavy pack sacs up the steep hills leading to some of our cabins. This crew is comprised of the following special individuals: Angel, Peggy, Travis and many others from time to time.
Without these folks the main crew would not keep up.