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14th Annual Tribute to Tourism Awards & Gala




Tourism Westman is pleased to announce that the 14th Annual Tribute to Tourism Awards Gala held on June 7, 2017 at the International Peace Garden Interpretive Centre near Boissevain, MB was a huge success. This special evening recognized and celebrated the exceptional individuals, businesses, organizations and communities within the Westman region that have made significant contributions to tourism development and promotion over the past year.

The evening included a lovely meal, entertainment by Jayme Giesbrecht & The Soul Revue Band and of course, the Awards Ceremony, led by Barry Lamb, radio personality at CJRB Boissevain.

2017 Awards

Good Turnout

Liza Park

Tourism Westman President, Liza Park

2016 RJ Lilley

Master of Ceremonies for the evening & CJRB Boissevain Radio Personality, Barry Lamb

2016 Mayor Olmstead

Minister of Growth, Trade & Enterprise,  Cliff Cullen

2016 Chris Funk

Entertainment, Jayme Giesbrecht & The Soul Revue Band

2016 Nominees

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS goes out to the 24 nominees!

Nominees were:

Marketing Excellence

  • Tommy Turtle (Boissevain)
  • "We're Live In Minnedosa" Social Media Campaign
Service Excellence
  • Canad Inns (Brandon)
  • Kenworth Dam (Virden)
  • The Rendezvous Restaurant (Deloraine)
  • Dari Isle Drive In (Minnedosa)
  • Carberry Agricultural Society
Volunteer of theYear
  • Erin Woodcock (Minnedosa)
  • Kelvon Smith (Virden)
  • Camiel Serruys (Melita)
Aspiring Youth
  • Jane Harkness (Virden)
  • Nicole Synchyshyn (Minnedosa)
  • Lora Carlisle (Boissevain)
  • Carberry Men's & Ladies Curling Club
  • Melita Banana Days Festival
  • Boissevain-Morton Farmer's Market
  • Minnedosa Santa Claus Parade
Event of the Year
  • Carberry Men's Curling Bonspiel
  • Boissevain-Morton Canada Day Celebration
  • Litlle Valley Jamboree (Erickson)
  • Grim Acres Scare Away Cancer (Kemnay)
  • Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling (Brandon)
  • Valley Fun Colour Run (Minnedosa)
  • Harvesting Hope (Austin)

2015 and the winners are...


*Click on the '2017 Award Winners' link at top left of page to view this year's winners.


Aspiring Youth - This tribute is presented to an individual under the age of 29 years in their capacity as a volunteer, employee, or entrepreneur.

Event of the Year - This tribute is presented to a hallmark festival or event that creates substantial economic impact within the local community, attracts visitors from outside the region/province/country, generates regional/national media attention and positively promotes Southwest Manitoba.

Marketing Excellence - This tribute recognizes a business, organization, event, or attraction that has developed an effective marketing campaign that increases tourism to Southwest Manitoba.

Partnership - This tribute is presented to an alliance of local businesses and/or organizations and/or communities that have partnered together to promote tourism for a particular area.

Service Excellence - This tribute is presented to a business or organization for the delivery of exemplary service and enhancement of visitor experiences as demonstrated through a high degree of visitor satisfaction.

Volunteer of the Year - This tribute is presented to a volunteer (a person who has not received payment) who has demonstrated an outstanding effort in a tourism activity. 

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual - This tribute is presented to an individual/individuals that have created a tourism attractin, entirely of their own personal volition and without numeration that not only attracts a large number of visitors to the Southwest Manitoba Region, but has made significant financial impact that benefits a charitable cause of organization.



Thank you to our 2017 Gala Sponsors!