Last evening, the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) hosted the 2009 Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner. The event culminated the three-day Tourism Summit – The Evolution of Tourism.
Nine Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence were presented to individuals and organizations that have excelled in their particular category. This year’s winners are:
Mr. Mike Broomfield – Alastair and Frances Campbell Award
The Wharf Rat Rally – Ambassador Award
Mr. Scott MacAulay – Tourism Champion Award
Gaspereau Vineyards – Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award
Ms. Judy Saunders – Tourism Sector Person of the Year Award
Mr. Dick Lemon – Tourism Innovator Award (We nominated him!!)
Driftwood Park Retreat – Sustainable Tourism Award
Mr. Paul Hanna – Human Resource Leadership Award
Ye Olde Argyler Lodge – Tourism Atlantic Technology Award
Also presented were the 2009 Pineapple Awards – a celebration of our Pride in Service and the individuals who go above and beyond to enrich visitor experiences. Recognition of individuals who exemplify extraordinary service in Nova Scotia’s Tourism Industry is very important as they create the memories that visitors take home.
Throughout the year, visitors to Nova Scotia complete the Pineapple Awards ballots located in hundreds of establishments throughout the province. The winners this year are:
Ms. Courtney Beck – Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
Belliveau Motors – Church Point, Nova Scotia
Mr. Seamus Ryan – Halifax, Nova Scotia
I especially loved Seamus’ story; he was nominated by his employer, Scanway Catering, after he saved the day at a wedding reception. The bride & groom – being married at a remote location in Cape Breton, far away from Scanway’s operation in Halifax – had decided on make-your-own strawberry shortcake rather than a traditional wedding cake, but when the catering staff opened the bucket of what they thought were the strawberries, they found strawberry preserves instead. Seamus set off to buy strawberries, but all the stores were sold out! Finally, he came upon a u-pick and started offering money to people to buy their strawberries. When he realized he still didn’t have enough, he rolled up his sleeves and started picking berries himself! He made it back to the wedding with less than an hour to spare and the bride & groom were none the wiser! Seamus summed it all up when he said in his acceptance speech, “Nova Scotians know hospitality because we practice it in our own homes.”
Those are the kind of stories I love to hear and his thank you speech was eloquent & gracious.
We were delighted and honored to be asked to sit with Dick Lemon, our friends, Judy & Gerry Roberts and the gang from the Five Islands area. We nominated Dick because we are so impressed with all he has done to revitalize and support that section of the Bay of Fundy. The “Not-Since-Moses” Run is his creation and since registration has doubled each year, they are expecting big things for registration again this year. We enjoyed being there this summer, and D’Arcy said he thinks we should be sure to register this year. I think we might just do that. Congratulations Dick!
The evening was inspirational and motivating.
(I’m looking forward to next year already!!)