Company tells of ghostly encounters at Vancouver's Waterfront Station 0
Swim Recruiting senior account executive Debra Lummas describes how she was face-to-face with the head and shoulders of a mysterious spirit more than two years ago in a Vancouver Waterfront Station restroom. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
While most commuters travelling through Vancouver’s Waterfront Station likely haven’t run into any ghostly encounters, those who work in the building say something spooky is happening.
This year alone, employees at Swim Recruiting have twice experienced events on the third floor of the property’s eastern office wing that couldn’t be easily explained in the same stairwell.
To paranormal investigator Greg Mansfield, there’s always been something otherworldly about the rumours of a woman haunting the building and reports of security guards seeing apparitions at night.
He interviewed several employees at Swim Recruiting’s office last month.
In the case of one woman, her ghostly experiences at work began with a loud, frantic knock on the office’s back door that led to the fire exit.
“The knocking was very loud,” Mansfield said, as if someone was desperate to get in. The woman checked the door. Nothing.
“It started again, and rattling on the door handle. She yelled out — ‘Who’s there?’ There was no answer.”
Once again, she checked the door. Nobody there. No sound of footsteps from a possible prankster, either.
Company consultant Jen Vuong was with that same employee five months later when she felt a ghostly touch in the same stairwell.
“I almost felt a hand or something sweep up on my neck. It felt like a solid thing … and there was immediately like a very cold air around us.”
Those weren’t even the first cases. More than two years ago, company senior account exec Debra Lummas had her face-to-face encounter in the washroom on the other side of the floor.
“All I saw were her head and shoulders. I remember the powder blue blouse … (her hair) was kind of wavy, as if it was in big waves. She looked glamorous,” Lummas recalled of the sighting, which happened while she spoke with another employee, who was oblivious to the specter.
That encounter lasted an estimated 10 seconds before the mysterious woman told Lummas, “I’ll come back another time” and vanished.