John Gary Parker & Maureen Hutchinson-Parker

John Parker and Maureen Hutchinson-Parker

We started working in Hospitality in Ontario in the 70’s. We moved to Alberta during “The Boom” and met while employed at Edmonton’s Convention Inn Hotel. Owned by the Ghermezian brothers that built West Edmonton Mall – 1st Grand Opening was Sept 15, 1981. We worked all 3 Grand Opening Phases of West Edmonton Mall. 

Our 80's Uniforms ~


Our 90's Uniforms ~ Mo & Executive Chef, John Parker

Executive Chef John Parker and Maureen

That’s me – 1984 – Wow, the view doesn’t look like that now! (And neither do I! lol)

1984 - Top of the Inn Dining Room View

1995 – Executive Chef John Parker (That’s where I’m sitting.)

Executive Chef John Parker

The Spectacular Top of the Inn Dining Room. The photo was taken during the Prime Rib Lunch Buffet. 

Executive Chef John Parker, standing far left at the door -Murray Sharpe, Me, Li Woo and Chef Chris. 

Top of the Inn Dining Room

In 1999 we moved back to Northern Ontario, to be closer to family. We purchased Wawa’s Northern Lights Motel & Restaurant. (Photo taken by Bob Diotte) 

Motel Owners Maureen and John

12 Years ago, Shirley Mills wrote about our first of many, Tripadvisor Awards ~

We continued to win awards yearly, until they stopped giving awards based on Reviews. (Hotels must pay their booking partners (Trivago, Hotels, Booking, etc..) to win awards since 2020.)

Wawa Hotel Tripadvisor Awards

Shirley also wrote about Chica and the Canadian Snow Gauge in 2014

Chica and the Canadian Snow Gauge
Chica and the Canadian Snow Gauge

What a crazy fun adventure! 40 Years of Collecting Casino Chips, and many years of "Surviving Disasters".

Thank you Everyone, for your support over the decades. 💕 We have RETIRED from the Motel Business.

We haven’t had a summer vacation since 1999. Time for swimming…. 

Maureen & John xxoo