Our staff, as diverse as the community they serve, are continually educating themselves with tastings and seminars. High Point believes a varied life experience contributes to great service and strongly encourages them to follow their passions. Having fun is also key!
Our store Manager, Shannon Gavin, has had a long and varied career in Food and Beverage prior to working here at High Point. As well as formal culinary education, she has taken beer-related courses with Prud’homme and the Cicerone Program (where she is a Certified Beer Server) and has earned her Level 3 Advanced Certificate (with Distinction) from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET).
Assistant Manager Gord Arbogast also comes from an F & B background. He has past wine education with the “Academie du Vin” and also earned his WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate (with Merit). He has taken beer courses at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and is undergoing further education with the Cicerone Program (where he hopes to graduate from Certified Beer Server to Cicerone). He currently runs our Craft Beer program.
Assistant Manager Dave Renz has been at the store going on five years and is spearheading our Spirits program. He is currently studying as a “Certified Spirit Specialist” with the Society of Wine Educators.