Holiday Inn Theatreland honoured with prestigious Torchbearer Award
Published by Anne Marie Hughes on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:17
George, Maureen and Jordan are seen practicing for their Olympic duties, using the 2011 Holiday Inn Theatreland Torchbearer award.
In late 2011, at the Europe Hotel Awards, hosted by InterContinental Hotel Group, Holiday Inn Theatreland was honoured with the prestigious Torchbearer Award, for their achievement of being in the top 3% of Holiday Inn hotels across Europe.
Now, because of their inspirational characters, 3 members of their staff have been selected to be torchbearers of a different kind.
Guest Services Manager, George McMillan, Executive Housekeeper Maureen Roger and Chef de Partie, Jordan Shane have been picked to carry the Olympic Torch, when it comes to Glasgow this week.
George (44) has worked at hotel for 15 years and in his spare time raises money for charity. In recent years he has walked the West Highland Way several times as well as the Great Glen and raised 10s of 000s of pounds for charities including Autism Awareness, Give Kids the World and Parkinson's. George is dad to 6 year old Dawn who will be getting the Olympic torch from dad and he says;"It is just an absolute privilege to have been selected, as there are so many other people who deserve this opportunity but I'm thrilled to be one of them"
Chef de Partie, Jordan Shane (21) overcame a life threatening illness as a youngster and has now worked at Holiday Inn Theatreland for 4 years. He comments;
"When I heard I had been chosen I was extremely honoured and very excited. The Olympics is a very special event and for it to be held in Great Britain and for myself to be part of it, is something I will never forget and something that I can tell stories to my kids when I'm older."
Jordan will be giving the flame to his grandad, John Shane(83) because "he has always been so proud of me and I want to give him something special".
Maureen Roger (31) has worked at Holiday Inn Theatreland for 14 years and she notes:
"Since starting work here, my young son has been diagnosed with Autism and I am certain the support and help my managers and colleagues has been invaluable. They are a fantastic company and are a constant source of help and reassurance. My job is very demanding, can be stressful but when you go home at the end of every day you know you have worked hard for a company which totally appreciates what you do for them, I am so honoured and proud to be running with the torch, it's very exciting and my little boy is so proud of his mum." Maureen's son Adam (9) will be the keeper of the flame.
In her spare time, Maureen works tirelessly to inform and support other families living with autism, offering them vital links and details about the assistance available to them.
Maurice Taylor owner of Holiday Inn Theatreland Glasgow concludes:
"All of our staff are so hard working every day and committed to being the best. It is this "can do" attitude that has made Holiday Inn Theatreland an award winner for many years and I am proud of everyone of them. However in their spare time Jordan, Maureen and George go that extra mile to help others and I am absolutely thrilled that they have been recognised in this way. It is a once in a lifetime experience and one they have more than earned…..they are an inspiration to us all."