in picture: Diane Wise Presents the Bob Giles award to Ken Turner
Ken Turner proudly received the 2011 BOB GILES Award at the Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO) annual conference’s dinner and dance ceremony.
The award was presented to Ken by Diane Wise, Director of Policy and Research Branch of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. The award is presented by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to a NOTO member in recognition of outstanding contributions to Northern Ontario tourism.
It is named after a former NOTO President & Secretary-Manager. Followed below is the excerpt from the presentation ceremony. This year’s recipient has been engaged in supporting the development of a regional approach to tourism in the Province. He served as Vice-President of the Interim Board of Directors for the Regional Tourism Organization (RTO) that was set up in the Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Parry Sound and Muskoka areas (RTO 12, now branded to consumers as “Explorers’ Edge”). He was elected as a Director of the organization in spring 2011 and chaired the committee that oversaw development of a Destination Development Plan for the region this summer. Our recipient also serves as Treasurer of the Discovery Routes Trail Organization. Discovery Routes facilitates the development, maintenance, promotion and use of trails in the Near North area. Our recipient and his wife Carol have run a successful tourism business in Magnetawan, about an hour south of North Bay, for over 30 years. Their business offers Housekeeping and modified American Plan packages built around fishing, weddings, honeymoons, elopements and family vacations. For his commitment to the industry and his work with colleagues to help grow and enhance tourism in his region, the 2011 Bob Giles Award is presented to Ken Turner of Woodland Echoes Resort.
On behalf of NOTO Board, staff and members, Congratulations Ken. Well deserved.