Close to 200 people attended the NWT Tourism Industry Awards gala. As part of the event, donations for a live auction from members of NWT Tourism resulted in $19,600 being raised for NWT Tourism’s Annual Scholarship Fund. The fund supports NWT students undertaking post-secondary studies in accredited Tourism & Hospitality Programs.
Susan Wright, right, outgoing Chair of the Board at NWT Tourism, presents the NWT Tourism’s first ever Honorary Lifetime Member Award to Sue Lindberg from Lindbergs Landing. The GNWT Parks Hospitality Award went to Debby Mundy, left, Parks Attendant at Hay River Territorial Park. Katrina Nokleby, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment and Infrastructure presented the award. The Mike Stilwell Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes someone who has had a significant impact on the development of the tourism industry past or present. Katrina Nokleby, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment and Infrastructure, presents the award to Mike Freeland from Blachford Lake Lodge. Gerry Kisoun, left, Vice-Chair of the Board at NWT Tourism, presents Kota Kanamori (Tour Manager, Aurora Village) with the Service Excellence Award. The Explorer Hotel received the award for Operator of the Year. L to R: Harold Grinde, Chair of the Board at NWT Tourism; Kelly Martin, Director, Sales and Marketing at Nunastar Properties Inc.; Ed Romanowski, President & COO at Nunastar Properties; and Danny Dupuis, Engineering Manager at the Explorer Hotel.