Hotel Blog

posted by: Ramada Duncan on: July 25, 2019

When checking into the Ramada Duncan, or heading in to grab some food from The Old Fork, you’ll be greeted with a smile by one of our friendly Front Desk Agents. Since our Front Desk Team is all dog lovers, (and we are a dog friendly hotel) we thought it was fitting to introduce you to the dogs, and their humans of front desk.

Catherine Kynoch - Accommodations Manager 

Cat has been here at the Ramada for over 7 years. She started out as Front Desk Receptionist and shortly after took on the position as our Accommodations Manager! While Cat isn’t busy managing the front desk and housekeeping teams, or tending to the behind the scene stuff, she loves to spend her free time with her fur baby Douglas the Mastiff / German shepherd. They like to spend their days hiking the many trails in Cowichan Valley and surrounding areas, camping or going to the beach for a swim.



Danielle just celebrated her one year here at the Ramada Duncan, and we couldn’t be happier to have her here as part of our team. Along with her professionalism, daily puns and many quirks, we can always count on her for showing up for her shift ready to start the day with a smile. When Danielle isn’t at the Front Desk, she spends her time on her family’s acreage with the Shepherd siblings Bear and Hunder, who are just as quirky as Danielle! Did I mention they love sticks?!


Jenaya started here last summer and has been a great addition to our team. Having Jenaya at the Front Desk comes in handy when our hotel guests are looking for new places to experience here in the Cowichan Valley. She is always ready to recommend an awesome local place to check out as that is what she loves to do with her adorable dog Maverick. Together they have explored and hiked all over southern Vancouver Island so she has plenty of great tips to share for wherever you’re headed. Maverick is always happy to share his favorites too!


Nico is our newest member of the Front Desk Family and we are very happy to have him. He brings a great level of professionalism, kindness and a one of a kind sense of humor to our team. Nico is currently going to university and taking part in the pharmaceutical sciences program, but he still makes sure he has plenty of time to spend hiking, swimming, snuggling and walking with Muchacha, Luna & El Chapo, los tres amigos!


Devin has been here at the Ramada since 2017. He left us for a brief period to focus on university, as he wants to become a paramedic! Go Devin! Seeing Devin at the Front Desk when we arrive for our bright and early 7 am shift is always a good way to start the day. We can always count on him for handling anything the night shift may bring! Just like his dog Norman, Devin loves a good nature walk. Devin and Norman specialize in overnight hiking trips. They recently did a camping trip/hiking adventure to Della Falls, one of Canada’s tallest waterfalls!


Dylan recently spent a year working in Australia at a local Hostel in a busy tourist town, so we were super excited to bring his hospitality experience to the Ramada. While he was in the down under, he had his family dog Pepper missing him lots! Luckily, Dylan works the night shift, which means lots of day time snuggles for Pepper while everyone else is out of the house for the day!


We hope you enjoyed meeting the Dogs of the Ramada Duncan Front Desk and we can't wait to meet your pooch!