John Gary Parker & Maureen Hutchinson-Parker

John and I loved this property so much –  John never wanted to leave his wildlife. Hand-feeding all the birds, Chipmunks, Squirrels – they all had names. The wildlife brought him so much joy. He was the “Wildlife Whisperer”. Sadly John passed away April 20, 2023. 💔 

John Parker and Maureen Hutchinson-Parker

We worked together for 4 decades! 

We started working in Hospitality in Ontario when we were teens. John – a dishwasher at 14 years old – Annandale Golf Course, Ajax. I was 17 when I moved from Sault Ste Marie & got my first waitressing job in Brampton – Perks Restaurant. We both moved to Alberta during “The Boom” and met while employed at Edmonton’s Convention Inn Hotel. Owned by the Ghermezian’s that built West Edmonton Mall – 1st Grand Opening of the Mall 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

(We just returned from our Honeymoon on Margarita Island, Venezuela.)

Executive Chef John Parker and Maureen

Convention Inn – Top of the Inn Dining Room. That’s me – 1984. The view doesn’t look like that now! (And neither do I! lol)

1984 - Top of the Inn Dining Room View

John Gary Parker 1995 – Executive Chef of the Convention Inn Hotel, Edmonton, AB

Executive Chef John Parker

Here I am sitting at the Top of the Inn 1984

1984 - Top of the Inn Dining Room View

The Spectacular Top of the Inn Dining Room. The photo was taken during the Prime Rib Lunch Buffet. (The Top of the Inn Dining Room was closed shortly after we moved to Wawa.) 

Executive Chef John Parker, Murray Sharpe, Me, Li Woo and Chef Chris. 

Top of the Inn Dining Room

In 1999 – New Motel & Restaurant Owners. (Photo taken by Bob Diotte) 

Motel Owners Maureen and John

John Parker - Executive Chef quickly became, "Jack of all Trades"

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

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".

Decades worth of photos are on Facebook -

Special thanks to my Mom, Helen, my Dad, Bob, my Aunt Wanda and Uncle George Hutchinson for taking care of the motel for us, twice a year, when we were open year round 1999-2005. John and I would travel all over, collecting Casino chips and meeting up with friends.💕

Thank you Everyone, for your support over the decades. 💕 We LOVED all of our years here!

Maureen & John xxoo