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Charlie Kelly Award Winner

Nominations are now open for the 2017 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 significantly grow the tourism industry within the Region over the last year through initiative, innovation or by acting as a role model.
The Fine Print
To nominate a candidate for this award, please complete the online application form (see link below).  Indicate the name, address, and organization of the individual, their involvement in tourism, their achievements and why you think this person should be granted this award. Outline how they have helped to further the growth of the tourism industry in BruceGreySimcoe in the last 12 months.  Please indicate if there are any videos or photos related to this person’s achievements.   
A panel of judges comprised of staff from Bruce, Grey and Simcoe Counties, RTO7, Bayshore Broadcasting and former Charlie Kelly award winners will determine this year’s recipient. The award will be presented at the BruceGreySimcoe Regional UnConference on November 14, 2017 at Blue Mountain Resort.
The deadline for nominations is October 15, 2017.
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:

2016 - Mylisa Henderson of Scandinave Spa, co-owner and marketing director of Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, and a linchpin of the Georgian Triangle Tourist Association, helping it grow from a small privately supported local website, guide and map to a major Destination Marketing Organization straddling the boundaries of Simcoe and Grey counties.  Henderson works tirelessly to support local business and integrates this approach into her own successful business model at the spa, training counter staff to provide referrals to local shops, experiences and restaurants across the region. She is also member of the The Blue Mountains Economic Development Advisory Committee. 



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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