Each year NOTO presents awards to dedicated individuals.
Do you know someone deserving that should be recognized? We are seeking nominations.
Here is a description of each of the awards that are available for nominations:
Allied of The Year Award: Presented to an Allied Member in recognition of their dedication, support and participation in furthering the goals and objectives of NOTO.
Bob Giles Award: Presented in recognition of outstanding performance in the field of tourism.
Conservation Award: Presented to a NOTO Member who has contributed uniquely to conservation during the past year.
Outfitter of The Year Award: Presented to a NOTO Regular Member who has made an outstanding contribution to tourism during the past year.
Tourism Champion Award (New in 2015): Presented to an individual or individuals who see a larger picture than their own individual businesses. They see a role for our particular industry within the larger world of Tourism in general.
They see an expanding list of goals and principles that will grow, not just the bottom line but the intrinsic value of Tourism. These people also have an awareness of the stewardship responsibilities involved in our businesses so that growth will occur in thoughtful and sustainable way.
Help us celebrate our dedicated people within the tourism industry! Contact the NOTO office if you wish to nominate someone for any of these awards.
2016 NOTO Award Presentations
At the 2016 Northern Ontario Tourism Summit, NOTO was pleased to recognize the contributions of three very well deserving individuals.
Outgoing President, Brenda Baughman presented the NOTO President's Award to Frank Bastone who will be retiring from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines in early 2017.
Frank Bastone has been with the Ministry for 27 years. For the last 17 years, he served this industry with passion and drive as Northern Development Advisor out of the Kenora office. He has participated in countless important Government and industry lead committees to represent the tourism industry. He has helped countless tourism business owners navigate funding applications and Government regulations. Frank's support of the tourism industry has been unwavering and very much appreciated. We truly hate to see him go but wish him a happy retirement.
Executive Director's Award
Executive Director, Laurie Marcil was delighted to present her award this year to Rick Dickson of Dickson's Black Bear Hunts based out of Wawa.
Rick has shared his 30+ years of bear guiding, hunting and baiting experience through his work on NOTO's Bear Task Force. He has represented the bear outfitting community with a great passion through this task force as well as in meetings with Government. He accompanied NOTO staff to a number of meetings with Government, on his own dime, to support NOTO discussions regarding the bear hunt issues over the past year. Rick has been a steady source of information and support for the NOTO Office. We thank Rick for his dedication to this industry.
Allied of The Year Award
Past President, Bob Garson presented the NOTO Allied Member of The Year Award to Peter Spanyi owner of The Graphix Works who has been a member of NOTO for 12 years.
Peter has been dedicated to providing high quality print and website designs for businesses in the tourism industry. He shares a passion for this industry and has become very involved in NOTO through the Allied Board. He currently sits on the NOTO Board of Directors as Allied President.
Peter believes in the work that NOTO does on behalf of its members and the industry at large and encourages others to support NOTO at any opportunity that presents itself.
Peter is tirelessly working to emhance marketing opportunities for our members and provides a 10% discount to all NOTO members on their marketing needs.
Thank you Peter for your continued supprt of our organization and its members.
Congratulations to all of our 2016 NOTO Award Winners!