I got to catch up with Mikaela Ingvarsdotter, office manager at Armidale Tourist Park. Here's our story:...
When I took a hiatus in my Aussie PR career to learn to snowboard in Canada I knew I’d be hedging my career risk by taking home some mad snowboarding skills and life experiences home with me. What I didn’t expect was to initiate a professional work relation with a beautiful, tattooed, flower loving Swede as well, but sometimes blessings come in the smallest of packages.
When I returned to my family business, Armidale Tourist Park (ATP), in 2012, I was determined to show my parents their confidence in me was justified. I sharpened up the office, instigated the best (cough cough Newbook cough cough) technologies, and searched long and hard for the best staff.
When I couldn’t find staff locally I called on Mika, my tourism-degree-qualified-up-for-anything-professional-to-the-bone Swede, to see if she would be keen to work overseas on a 457 visa, in our beautiful tablelands mini city with the climate of a Scandinavian Spring. She was.
Two years later we got confirmation of her 457 visa; she became aware that I was indeed lying about the climate of the New England High Country; Not only did she ignored the lie, she pretended to be truly happy in freezing temperatures that produced no snow and had no mulled wine on hand; we appreciated her ‘perceived’ ignorance; and we’ve had a pretty amazing relationship ever since.
She will leave the Caravan Industry this December to continue her career in Floristry.
We thank her for her time in the industry and acknowledge that just a few of her local colleagues have “randomly” started to grow flowers for harvest in their yards (I’d be growing flowers too if I knew who would be arranging them, they’ve got this!!).
I hope you enjoy our catch up! She’s one of a kind and one to keep around!