Banff Springs Hotel Staff Reunion Website
Larry Silverberg - Summer 1960 - Houseman
I worked as a houseman for the Summer. My immediate supervisor was Gerry Tilson and his boss was Mrs. Mcauley (I think). I lived with 5 or 6 other guys in a log cabin away from regular staff quarters, in the woods. I seem to recall that the cabin was built for Sir John A Mcdonald for his honeymoon. My cabin mates were Gerry McIntyre, Dave Dalgetti, Ray Sewell, Ken Jensen and Robert and Roger Ste Marie. I'd love to hear from them and any others.
Bob Cessford - Summer 1960 - Night Audit
The staff of that esteemed section of 6 or 7 started work around 11pm each night to do the audit of the day's take and provide desk clerk services for any night arrivals. We were quartered in the staff annex below the hotel.
In the early days at the start of the summer season, the audit duties were onerous as the hotel staff were usually green (as were we) and many hours were spent reconciling meal checks between the kitchen and the dining room cash registers. For some reason the waitresses frequently did NOT check their pockets when going off-shift! We would have to determine the serial numbers of missing meal checks, look up the waitress name and confront her during the night...what fun.
As time passed, we got more proficient (or waitresses' memories improved) and the night audit duties typically lasted only an hour or so and the routine was for all to retire for the night to our rooms, except for ONE lucky person to take on the desk clerk duty.
I remember the "perk" for the desk clerk of the night was a nice soft nap on the manager's office rug! It seemed perfect, I think it felt like 4 inches of wool pile!
Mary Lynne Dewhurst - Summer 1966 - Kitchen Staff
I was one of the many university students from Eastern Canada, in my case Montreal, who worked at the hotel. I was part of the main kitchen staff and worked in the salad room with Yvonne and Lynn and roomed with Alison and Judy. I would very much like to hear from my former co-workers and roommates and anyone else who was a member of the kitchen staff that Summer. You can contact me C/O this website to get my email address.
Bernd Wisniewski - Chef - 1966/1967
I worked there as a chef under Bill Einarson. I was relieving chef for all chef de parties in both years. We had a kitchen photo that was taken in the usual spot overlooking the Bow Valley but I lost it. I was in contact with Charly Wendt pastry chef for a bit but lost contact as he moved to Mexico. I live in Australia now. Would be great to hear from all others.
Diane Reed and Michael Taylor - Waitress and Kitchen Tray Washer - 1967/1968
We met as university students employed for the summer at Banff. I worked in the diningroom as a waitress and Mike was studying at UBC. After two summers working together, we married and worked for one year with CUSO in West Africa. Then we moved to Sydney Australia. We still live in Sydney and have four grown children all living in Australia. This year is our 40th wedding anniversary so we thought we might have another family trip back to Canada and include a visit to BSH at the same time. I roomed with Wendy Page, Sandy Edwards and Marge Pips. We were all from Quebec and met on the long train trip to Banff. Would love to hear from my old room mates.
Pat King - Golf Caddie/ Course Marshall/ Golf Course Starter - Summers 1969, 1970, 1971.
I went to school back East, as did the vast majority of summer employees. I started in '69 as a golf caddie, promoted quite quickly to course marshal, and was golf course starter by the middle of summer '69. I returned for '70 and '71 as starter both times. What wonderful memories!
While working there, I had absolutely no conception that I possibly had the best summer job in all of Canada. We made great money, were able to golf on a beautiful course, and met many terrific people from all across the country, as well as foreign guests who I was subsequently able to visit overseas. Utopia for sure. I met one of my best friends in life while working at BSH.
I live in Calgary and frequently hike around Banff. Whenever I go into the townsite, I still remember the 20 cent beer drafts at the Cascade, served by Doug, who kept score when we had a "draft contests" against the bellhops!
When I permanently moved out west in 1972, I worked that first summer for John Pawluk, who at one time owned the Rimrock. Yet another contact for me and a great friend, and I met him while I was a starter at the BSH course.
Chuck Leuw – 1969-1971. Boiler Washer, Maintenance Electrician.
Bernd Wisniewski - 1966 - Kitchen Staff
I was a swingcook, and at least once a week I was relieving Gardemanager. I live in Melbourne. I'd love to see that photo taken of the kitchen staff overlooking the Bow Valley, if any one has it. Would thoroughly enjoy talking to you Mary Lynne Dewhurst, as we would have worked together same summer. Contact if you like: firstname.lastname@example.org