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November 19, 2020

Executive Director Recap November/December

Perspective is everything. In the weeks leading up to my mom’s death last fall, I took her mother, my grandmother, out for lunch to give her a break and see how she was doing. She questioned out loud what terrible…
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October 29, 2020

Executive Director Recap October

Good Day, I just spent the last two days at the virtual 2020 Ontario Tourism Summit.  While I greatly missed seeing peers face-to-face, networking, laughing and collaborating, the conference brought great ideas, research and success stories to the forefront.  I…
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September 24, 2020

Executive Director Recap September

Good Day, For as long as I can remember, I have always viewed the Tuesday after Labour Day as the start of the New Year – even more so than January 1.  Mainly, that is because it signals the beginning…
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August 31, 2020

Executive Director Recap August

Good Day, Last week Trish and I, along with Patch (our youngest) spent some time exploring Ontario as tourists in the world of COVID-19.  We rented a Jeep, took the top down and hit the road on Monday, not really…
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July 30, 2020

Executive Director Recap July

Good Day, Most of the communities within the boundaries of Central Counties have been in Stage 3 since July 24.  With that comes optimism for many whose businesses, or the businesses they support,  that have now  re-opened.  I am certainly…
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July 7, 2020

Executive Director Recap June

Shhhh.  Can you hear that?  I think that is Phase 3 coming down the tracks. Its arrival is highly anticipated but what is it really going to mean?  For much of the general public, it means there is light at the end…
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May 29, 2020

Executive Director Recap May

Tourism is the by-product of a vibrant community.  Sue, from our team, said that while the two of us were having a lively conversation a few weeks ago.  You see, tourism impact is calculated as a % of revenues, staffing, etc. of…
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April 30, 2020

Executive Director Recap April

These days we’re all doing things a bit differently – that includes this month’s ED Report. It’s been so long since I’ve seen any of you, I decided to create my own virtual content, much like many of our stakeholders.  So…
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March 26, 2020

Executive Director March Recap

Good Day, For almost all of us, this pandemic sucks. It sucks on a personal level. It sucks on a professional level. It sucks on a financial level. I say “almost all of us” because I am sure there are…
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February 28, 2020

Executive Director February Recap

Yesterday, I had the privilege to present at two meetings.  Both meetings consisted of business owners, municipal staff, regional staff and Central Counties.  Both meetings were about the development of a new project.  And both meetings were completely different in…
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January 22, 2020

Executive Director January Recap

Happy New Year! The people that work in our industry are caring, passionate individuals.  I have met very few in my many, many years that seem to be just punching the timeclock day in and day out.  I believe, that…
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December 25, 2019

Executive Director December Recap

Happy Holidays! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you.  Thank you for providing us the great stories to tell potential visitors.  Thank you for working together to build destinations.  Thank you for continually supporting us – especially in…
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