Chatham-Kent has people and organizations up for awards at the Southern Ontario Tourism Conference Awards.
Most notable is Shannon Prince, former curator of the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum. She is a finalist for Ontario Southwest’s Luminary of the Year award.
The Dresden Night Market is a finalist for the Sustainability Trailblazer of the Year award for its reusable cup program.
The Luminary of the Year award recognizes an individual whose contributions have illuminated the tourism industry with an unmatched dedication, unwavering passion, and relentless commitment.
This accolade is given to someone who embodies the very essence of this industry, radiating the spirit and brilliance that make this sector not just a profession but a vocation.
This award is to recognize an individual regardless of length of time in the industry, at all levels of seniority.
The Sustainability Trailblazer of the Year Award recognizes a business, experience, tourism organization or individual leading with an innovative strategy to improve the tourism experience through a sustainable tourism lens, aligning with the United Nations World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This award recognizes those who embrace and exemplify the importance of sustainable tourism initiatives.
“We are extremely proud of both Shannon Prince and the hardworking team behind the Dresden Night Market,” Shannon Paiva, supervisor of tourism development for the municipality, said in a media release. “To see both as finalists in their respective categories reinforces the significance tourism represents in Chatham-Kent, and it’s wonderful to see that their accomplishments are being recognized.”
Winners will be announced at the Southern Ontario Tourism Conference March 5 in Sarnia.