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Do you know someone who has helped to raise the profile of tourism in BruceGreySimcoe over the last year?
Nominations are now open for the annual Charlie Kelly award. Eligible nominees can be anyone affiliated with a tourism organization or business in the region, in either a professional or volunteer capacity.
What is the Charlie Kelly Award?
This award honours the memory of Charlie Kelly, an Owen Sound alderman who championed the idea of winter tourism for Owen Sound. The award embodies the spirit of Charlie Kelly and looks to recognize the person who has helped to grow the tourism industry within the Region the most over the last year through initiative, innovation or by acting as a role model.
The deadline for nominations is October 31, 2016.
This award is sponsored by Bayshore Broadcasting and governed by RTO7, the City of Owen Sound, Bruce, Grey and Simcoe Counties.
2012 - Jenny Amy, the president of the Grey-Bruce Agriculture and Culinary Association. Jenny is a founding member of the ACA and also runs Chantry Breezes Bed & Breakfast in Southampton. She speaks frequently about the local food movement and received a 2011 award of merit from the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture.
Amy received the award during the 2012 Grey Bruce Regional Tourism Conference at the Blue Mountain resort on Tuesday. A panel of seven judges selected Amy from among close to a dozen nominees on the basis of her strength in showing personal dedication to tourism throughout the region, bringing forth new ideas, and volunteering her time for the cause.
The judges also had three honorable mentions this year: Lorna Rouse,
publisher of the Grey-Bruce Escape, a regional tourism guide; Paul
Chrysler, owner of Natures Millworks in Paisley and chairman of the new
Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7) known as BruceGreySimcoe; and
Leigh Grigg of Griggsport Strategies, which promotes sports tourism in
the region and was instrumental in launching the Bruce Peninsula
Multi-sport Race and other initiatives.
2011 - Bryan Plumstead, Tourism Manager for Grey County
Tourism (pictured receiving the award from Paulette Peirol of Owen Sound
Tourism and BBC President Ross Kentner). Presented October 26th, 2011.
2010 - Chris Hughes, of Bruce County Tourism, in recognition of his personal dedication to the growth of tourism in Grey and Bruce counties. Presented in October 2010.
2009 - Val Stimpson,of the Neustadt Springs Brewery. Through this position Val has been greatly involved with tourism in Grey and Bruce. She has given her time and sponsorship many times at events across Ontario and locally. She set up a tourist information booth within the brewery, which is open 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year and is well stocked with information. She makes sure all members of staff are well versed in attractions and events that take place throughout the year.
Val sits on the Tourism Advisory Board for Grey County and was past executive member of West Grey Chamber. As Secretary/Treasurer of the Neustadt Business Association, Val was one of the instigators of “Keeping Neustadt Blooming” working on a 3 year plan to enhance the village with more and more flower baskets, boxes and streetscapes, making it a destination and living up to its name of “One of the Prettiest Villages in Ontario”.