Celebrating the Greatest in Ottawa Valley Tourism

Pembroke, ON – The Ottawa Valley Vacationer Affiliation (OVTA) is happy to announce the winners of the 2022 Ottawa Valley Tourism Awards:

The Marilyn Alexander Tourism Champion Award acknowledges an OVTA member who’s an vigorous tourism champion for the Ottawa Valley. This yr’s recipient, Cindy Jamieson is the proprietor and operator of The Whitewater Inn and Valley Cycle Excursions present in Beachburg. She is an brisk volunteer in tourism and biking initiatives and demonstrates enthusiasm in regards to the monetary optimistic facets of the business contained in the Ottawa Valley.

“As a seasoned enterprise enterprise particular person, Cindy understands that tourism has large monetary possible for Renfrew County,” suggests her nominator, Cathy Regier, Reeve of the Township of Whitewater Location. “She likes to endorse the Ottawa Valley to guests in hopes that the Ottawa Valley shall be acknowledged as a beautiful outdoor journey trip spot worldwide.”

The Enterprise of Distinction Award acknowledges an OVTA member enterprise enterprise or agency that demonstrates administration, innovation and perseverance to the neighborhood tourism business. Braiding Rivers, co-established in 2020 by Ashley Weird, Keira Loukes and Rachel Price-Cappell, is a nature-based principally guiding company for women wanting to attach with the rivers of Algonquin Territory. They ship their depth of experience in wellbeing, the skin, mom nature-therapy, local people creating and land-dependent values into the way in which they function their enterprise.

Stefani Van Wijk, of Madawaska Kanu Centre nominated Braiding Rivers and states, “Braiding Rivers is a blossoming new agency that’s rooted in its values. They observe collaborate to contend values by supporting different companies, partnering with different companies and supporting native initially.”

The Particular Event of the Yr Award acknowledges an event or competitors that exemplifies business greatest strategies in all components of its features, and is an instance of excellence for different features and festivals. The winner of this yr’s award, the Tour de Bonnechere, is an once-a-year biking celebration organized by a staff of artistic and determined volunteers.

In 2021, organizers rose to the problems introduced by the pandemic by including a digital chance as an totally different sort of participation. The tour used 4 biking routes centered out of Eganville drew new individuals to the situation, in addition to considerably desired paying to native companies. The celebration additionally raised about $5,000 to assist native psychological total well being initiatives.

“Introducing the digital various of participation licensed for individuals at this time to nonetheless sense associated to the neighborhood and offered continuity for widespread contributors when particularly particular person interactions ended up restricted. The occasion inspired members to share their experience by social media, somewhat one thing that was not completed pre-pandemic”, notes nominator and arranging crew member Bonnie McIntyre of the Phoenix Centre for Young children and Folks research.

As a unique efficient Tourism Awards time finishes, the OVTA want to thank all nominators for taking the time and consideration to determine the skills and generate of these within the tourism business. The value of this type of recognition is particularly essential all through the pandemic as a signifies of local people making, recognizing the profit and significance of collaboration, as completely because the substantial impact tourism has on the Ottawa Valley financial local weather.

The OVTA is the vacation spot promoting and advertising enterprise for the Increased Ottawa Valley and proudly signifies further than 250 tourism companies, comprised of sights and outfitters, lodging, meals, beverage and retail establishments, artists and galleries, municipalities and neighborhood organizations, as properly as media and market suppliers. The OVTA is supported by the County of Renfrew, Renfrew County municipalities and the Metropolis of Pembroke.

For extra info, make contact with:

Erin Norris [email protected]
Tourism Sector Relations & Digital Selling Coordinator 613.732.4364, x416

Celebrating the Greatest in Ottawa Valley Tourism

The Marilyn Alexander Tourism Winner Award winner: Cindy Jamieson, operator of the Whitewater Inn and Valley Cycle Excursions. Photographed with Awards Co-Chair, Meghan James of the Someplace Inn Calabogie (remaining) presenting to Cindy Jamieson (proper).


 Rachel Braiding Rivers with award

 The Small enterprise of Distinction Award winner: Braiding Rivers with co-proprietor Rachel Worthy of-Cappell accepting the award.


Tour De Bonnechere

The Particular Occasion of the 12 months Award winner: the Tour de Bonnechere with organizing workforce Debbie Tarrant, Bonnie McIntyre, Greg Lubimiv and Ron Moss accepting the award.