It’s something most people have been told from an early age, work hard and you’ll be rewarded.
That’s exactly the case for Becky Orton, a general manager for McDonald’s in Vernon.
She was one of 70 Canadians chosen to represent Canada at the McDonald’s Worldwide Convention in Orlando Florida from Monday to Thursday.
Orton was one of the 17 selected from Western Canada and was chosen from more than 80,000 employees nationwide.
“It’s a huge honour for me,” said Orton. “To be one of 17 in Western Canada is huge, I’m just so excited and super proud. I can’t wait to get there and come back and share what I learned and just be excited for my restaurant.”
According to Orton there is a lot to be taken from the trip. She and the representatives from other countries won’t just be attending the convention, they’ll be serving at it as well. And not just the regular meals served in North America either.
“I think a lot of people think McDonald’s is just the Big Mac and chicken nuggets sort of thing, and that is true in the western world but in other parts of the world they serve a lot of different things.
“This is a whole new chapter in my career. I’m only going with 70 Canadians and everyone else are from around the world. People are coming from Latin America, Europe, and everywhere so I’m just looking to have the experience and just soak it all in,” said Orton.
As she looks forward to the learning experience itself, Orton is also excited for the final day of the convention when she and the rest of the attendee’s will be treated to a private show featuring Kelly Clarkson, Seal, and Keith Urban.
Orton has worked at McDonald’s over the past 15 years. As a young mom, she was looking for a job with flexible hours and McDonald’s turned out to be the perfect fit.
“I really started out just like everyone else, wiping tables, and sweeping floors, and I still do that now as a general manager, but now I run a multi million dollar business, and that’s really cool,” said Orton.
According to Orton, her job has offered up many great experiences and opportunities she probably wouldn’t have gotten working elsewhere, but this is one of the more exciting ones.
“I’ve worked for McDonald’s for quite a while now and I’ve had a lot of different things happen but this was definitely up there in one of the coolest things.”