Gina Hodge-Noordhof

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Gina Noordhof started her career as an entrepreneur/ restauranteur from the young age of 22 years. Opening the Norseman seasonally in 1996 & attending university to achieve a couple of science degrees from Memorial university during the winter and fall months. In the beginning of the business year's , Gina employed a chef from the Netherlands, who prepared lovely dishes such as; Nasi Gourang, bakeapple strudel, baked local cod in a bread crusted creamy dijon mustard, garlic, roasted local lamb etc.. In 1998, Gina met her husband Adrian( whom is coincidentally has a Dutch father) and together they went North and ran the restaurant. Two sons and 25 years later, Gina and Adrian have continued to operate their seasonal business and now their eldest son is old enough to work with them during the summer in L'Anse aux Meadows. Their youngest son operates a sea shell shop next to the restaurant.

 

In the fall and winter, the  Noordhof family lives in St Johns, Newfoundland. They love to travel mostly to European countries.  In the off season, Gina writes Children's books and comes up with innovative ideas for parents, grandparents and children .

 

Check out this weblink to see some of the lovely, useful products they now offers. "The Puffin playing by the Sea" book is a Canadian best seller selling over 23,000 copies in 4 years. The "Whiz Trainer"  an ice skating trainer with harness is a new product that was launched on December 24th, 2020. During the pandemic they were able to sell over 200 units through ebay, etsy, amazon and their own website, with hardly any online present. Since 2022 started they have been doing a lot of online work to increase their exposer. Although, they are not totally disappointed in sales so far considering the circumstances of Covid, hopefully Fall 2022 will be a wonderful season for this new venture. 

 

Gina has also sat on various tourism boards as a member of the board or as president. One board that she sat between 2006-2012 was The Canadian Tourism Commission now named Destination Canada. Gina was a federally appointed member and a representative to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia on this national board that operated out of Vancouver..

Gina won an entrepreneur of the year award from NLOWE.