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Charlie Kelly Award Winner

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Charlie Kelly Award!

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. 

For more information about the Charlie Kelly Award, check out our Award Partners page.

To nominate someone for the Charlie Kelly Award, check out the nomination page.


Previous Charlie Kelly Award winners:

2015 - Don Braden of the Blue Mountain Village Association and Jeff Carver of the Wismer House Restaurant (Pictured at left are Don Braden’s children accepting his award posthumously.)

2014 - Patti Kendall of the Blue Mountain Village Associationis best known for spearheading the award-winning Apple Pie Trail, which brings together 35 local businesses, including restaurants, art galleries, wineries, spas, tourism operators and of course, apple growers from Collingwood to Owen Sound. The trail won Best Culinary Tourism Experience in 2011 and the Premier’s Award for innovation in agriculture marketing. It is a demonstration of true collaboration in tourism, setting an example for the region, and indeed, the province.

Kendall oversees several dozen festivals and events at Blue Mountain each year, including the award-winning Salsa festival and Canada’s only Guitar Trail. She is also an ambassador for the region, guiding scores of international media and travel trade FAM (familiarization) tours through the Blue Mountains. 

“Kendall is a role model to others on how to create and execute collaborative relationships,” said Julie Card, one of her nominators. “She has a keen understanding of how important the consumer and customer experience is and how that experience resonates and amplifies with each happy customer.” 

2013 - The Salen Brothers

Jenny Amy2012 - 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”.

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