We turned the page in the Discovery Guide once again and landed upon the Bay of Quinte team! We market tourism and resident attraction for the region and are thrilled to share our passion for the BoQ with others—but how did we all come to be working for the Regional Marketing Board in the first place?
Read below for a background on Bay of Quinte’s Marketing Coordinator, Courtney Klumper (and connect with her here).
Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board: Courtney Klumper
Why did you choose to live/work in the Bay of Quinte?
I actually live in Kingston but commute here daily, that’s how much I love it 😉 . I moved to eastern Ontario from Stratford in 2009 to go to Queen’s University. I started at Loyalist last fall and did my PR internship here with BoQ, and got hired on a couple months ago!
It seems these days that most people end up in careers unrelated to their degree/diploma. What is your educational background?
I completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and Global Development Studies with a Certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity at Queen’s a few years back. I just graduated from the Post-Grad Public Relations and Event Management program at Loyalist College in June!
How has your education and previous work experience informed your work within tourism and marketing?
My combined post-secondary education has strengthened not only my research, writing and critical thinking but a lot of creative strategies and marketing skills. Most of my work experience has been in restaurants, one of which I co-owned, so I grew to understand the importance of the tourism industry for small business and how digital marketing plays a role in that. I became really interested in the idea of branding and digital communications, which is why I applied to the PR program.
Describe the work environment in five words or less.
Creative, fun, outside the box.
What does a BoQ weekend look like for you?
For a weekend away, my partner and I would probably start off with a walk at one of the conservation areas, followed by a wine and pizza lunch at Huff Estates. We’d walk/shop downtown and then grab dinner and drinks at Signal Brewery (on their killer patio right along the Moira!). Sunday morning we would definitely stop for coffee and croissants at L’Auberge de France before we head home.