Each year, On March 8 the world celebrates and recognizes women and girls' enduring efforts and achievements. International Women's Day acknowledges how far the equal rights movement has come while honoring the ongoing efforts of the many courageous women and men dedicated to creating a society without stereotypes, stigma and violence.
As a tribute to the strong, bold women from this era and past and future generations, Pursuit is proudly sharing the following stories, profiling three inspiring female team members. Each unique, these exceptional women share the same guiding philosophy of giving.
Local powerhouse Hallie Brown first joined the Glacier Park Collection in 2005, fresh out of college. Her position was a seasonal one, working at a camp store. The following summer Hallie was invited back as store manager, eventually working her way up to location manager. An avid, fearless, adventurer and eternal enthusiast, Hallie currently holds Glacier Park Collection's People & Culture Generalist position, shining her bright light on the team she supports.
Passionate about exploring Glacier National Park's pristine all-season playground, Hallie loves the work-life-balance Pursuit affords, as well as the many growth opportunities available to her. Outside of work, when she's not blazing across wilderness trails, floating the river or carving through Montana's feather-light powder, you'll likely find Hallie lending a hand in the community. Her outreach efforts include fundraising and food drives alongside her fellow Columbia Falls Lions and supporting minority groups through the non-profit organization, Indigenous Allies. As a citizen of the Gros Ventre tribe, Hallie is a steadfast supporter of Glacier's Indigenous community. One of the upcoming initiatives she's working on is building an online craft fair to showcase the work of Glacier's many talented Indigenous artists who, since COVID, have lost their primary tourism customers and distribution means—summer outdoor markets.
A wonder-woman in her own right, Hallie draws her inspiration from Deb Halland. Representing the 1st District of New Mexico, Congresswoman Halland is one of the first Native American women elected to serve in Congress. Perhaps even more monumental is that the 35th generation New Mexican is set to become the United States' first-ever Indigenous Interior Secretary.
With her positive outlook and philanthropic lifestyle, Camille Geary brings unmatched kindness, encouragement and support to the FlyOver Canada team and her greater community. Since joining FlyOver seven-and-half years ago as a custodian, Camille has earned multiple promotions thanks to her dedication, work ethic and can-do attitude. She credits her co-workers, who she considers friends—even family—for creating an authentic culture that invites open communication and encourages connection.
Building connection and community must be in Camille's DNA, for when she's not overseeing FlyOver Canada's world-class facilities, you'll find her in Vancouver's east-side. For the last two-years, Camille has been a familiar face at the Carnegie Community Centre, serving the disadvantaged residents of one of the city's lowest-income areas. Whether she's helping with kitchen prep, lending an ear of support, or hanging out in the library chatting with visitors, Camille's primary mission is offering empathy and encouragement. Her volunteerism extends beyond organized non-profits programs. Camille's self-guided outreach initiatives include decorating Easter eggs for holiday baskets, which she distributes in impoverished areas, and serving pie outside of a local women's centre—as everyone needs a slice of pie in life.
It's no surprise that Camille is inspired by strong, unapologetically courageous women, many of who have faced great adversity. Icons like the 1920s African American singer Betsy Smith who forged her successful career in a male-dominated world. And Madam CJ Walker, another trailblazing legend and pioneer of the African American beauty industry.
Since 2012, Sarah Eberwine has built her career creating memorable experiences for Talkeetna's guests. The effervescent Food & Beverage Manager, who draws motivation and insight from her team, believes wholeheartedly in Pursuit's Promise to Place that guides all property operations and guest experiences. Through her leadership and community outreach, Sarah embraces and demonstrates this philosophy's three key pillars: managing environmental impact, fostering respect for people, and championing the local community. From her volunteer work at the food bank and Zonta Club, a service organization dedicated to improving the lives of Alaskan women and children, to pitching in for the annual Talkeetna town clean-up, Sarah encourages the act of giving back, noting that it's the right thing to do and just feels good.
Favorite pastimes that Sarah credits help her recharge always take place outside and include fishing, rafting and exploring the beautifully wild expanse surrounding the Lodge. She also strives to mentor and support women in learning how they can feel empowered and live their lives to the fullest.
Sarah herself values and admires women who dare to lean in and ask questions. Strong women like New Orleans culinary pioneer Ella Brennan and Dolly Parton, Dr. Bertrice Berry, Maya Angelou and of course, her own mother.
Building authentic connections, demonstrating empathy, and offering women platforms to share their stories are powerful drivers for positive change. Thank you, Sarah, Hallie and Camille, for your commitment to reach out, lean in and inspire others to do the same.
We are building a team of passionate people determined to make a difference in the places we love. Every effort counts. Meet more of them here and discover how Promise to Place is the real deal.