On the Street: Tourism honours, economic development awards

Island Joy Rides, Harbour Air win tourism awards

Island Joy Rides, which offers cycling and kayaking tours on the Island, has won the Remarkable Experience of the Year Award at the Tourism Vancouver Island annual awards dinner.

The Innovator of the Year Award was won by Harbour Air Seaplanes, which is developing one of the world’s first all-electric commercial fleets. Sherry Heggie of Campbell River Whale Watching was named the Tourism Employee of the Year. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort won the Tourism Sustainability Award and True Key Hotels & Resorts was named the Employer of the Year. The Marketing Campaign of the Year Award, recognizing the innovative use of social and traditional marketing media, went to Tourism Cowichan for its Iconic Cowichan Campaign. That campaign encouraged travellers to spend more time in the region, collect user-generated images of locations throughout the entire region and promote the use of their branded hashtag while building online buzz.

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South Island Prosperity Partnership wins gold

The South Island Prosperity Partnership has won a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council, the largest economic development association in the world. SIPP won in the category of Regionalism and Cross-Border Collaboration for its governance structure and approach to economic development. SIPP uses a partnership model with a spectrum of stakeholders from governments and First Nations to universities and the private sector.

Engineers and geoscientists council elections

The Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. have elected a new council featuring six Victoria representatives. On the executive is past president Katherina Tarnai-Lokhorst, councillors Thomas Tiedje, Jeremy Vincent and Susan MacDougall, and government appointees Alan Andison and Leslie Hildebrandt.

New leader for Glenshiel Housing Society

Jackie Cox-Ziegler has been named the new executive director of the Glenshiel Housing Society, replacing retiring interim director Laurie Mueller.

Cox-Ziegler comes to The Glenshiel having been an independent consultant. She has also worked with the Mustard Seed Street Church, Victoria Women’s Transition House and was part of the leadership team that formed Our Place Society.

The Glenshiel was built in 1908-09 in the style of a turn-of-the-century European hotel. In 1997, the Glenshiel Housing Society was formed and is now responsible for the operation of The Glenshiel, in relationship with B.C. Housing, which leases the property from the Royal B.C. Museum.

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