Barb Watson-Ash

As Marketing and Office Co-ordinator, I am responsible for the marketing and many administrative tasks of The Arboretum as well as the co-ordination of workshops and volunteers.

I grew up on a farm between Elora and Guelph, just around the corner from the University of Guelph's Elora Research Station. I attended Georgian College in Barrie and obtained my Hotel and Resort Administration Diploma. After working in the industry for a few years, I returned to school in New Hampshire at Southern New Hampshire University (formerly New Hampshire College) and obtained my Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Administration.

As part of this program, I completed a nine month internship at a conference centre and resort in Texas. My experience before coming to the Arboretum in 2001 was in the Hotel Industry. I worked in a variety of positions, but most recently as a Sales and Marketing Manager.

My husband and I have a two daughters as well as a black lab. Outside of work I enjoy cycling, taking walks, gardening, ball hockey, trying to stay fit and invlolvement in my daughers' activities and school.