Vanessa Desorcy landed a dream career straight out of the University of Manitoba in 2010 when she joined Churchill Wild as a sales and marketing assistant. The concept of walking with polar bears in her “own backyard” captured this animal-lover’s heart.
Doing marketing for an eco-tourism company also appealed to her passion for sustainability, the outdoors and travel. The job was an excellent fit, and by 2017 the soft-spoken commerce graduate was promoted to marketing manager.
When she’s not sharing the story of Churchill Wild with media at international conferences, escorting them on trips to the company’s lodges and monitoring the resulting coverage, Vanessa oversees the curation and creation of the website’s blog content, runs an annual guest photo contest and comes up with new and fun ways to share and enhance the Churchill Wild experience. A recent video project took a light-hearted approach to advising guests how to dress for fall trips north to the lodges, where they’re often unprepared for the minus 40-degree Celsius blasts that often happen.
Vanessa stepped out of her comfort zone to edit and wrangle this 25th anniversary book for Churchill Wild. Although the book was a first for here, she’s always up for a challenge. She likes to take on new and unfamiliar things as an opportunity to learn more about herself. It required an incredible amount of attention to detail, which allowed Vanessa to sharpen her editing and project management skills. She was also delighted by how much she learned about the company’s early history and its characters.
In her spare time, Vanessa likes nothing more than to hike with her dog or volunteer at Kismet Creek Farm, a sanctuary for farm animals no longer wanted as pets or those rescued from livestock auctions. She also volunteers with Manitoba SwimAbility, a non-profit that offers one-on-one swimming instruction to children with special needs, where she coordinates lessons and serves on its fundraising committee in her hometown of Steinbach, Manitoba.