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October 31, 2019

Executive Director October Recap

Good Day, I am excited.  Probably more excited and confident in the future of our amazing industry than I have been in a while.  This week was TIAO’s Annual Tourism Summit, which for me started with a meeting with our…
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September 26, 2019

Executive Director September Recap

Good Day, I am not sure why it still amazes me when I learn great business lessons in everyday life.  Last week’s reminder came as we were planning my mom’s Celebration of Life.  She passed away last Wednesday and, while…
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August 29, 2019

Executive Director August Recap

Good Day, For my Nanny’s 80th birthday – 20 years ago – she asked the family to buy her a computer.  I would argue that in 1999, most 80 year-olds were wondering where the Windows were on computers, why people…
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July 24, 2019

Executive Director July Recap

Good Day, My grandmother turned 100 years old last month.  Nanny, as she is affectionately called by family and close friends, celebrated the day with around 200 of her closest friends.  She has been an inspiration to me for as…
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June 28, 2019

Executive Director June Recap

Good Day, Eight weeks ago, I was at my parents’ house in St. Catharines thinking that my mom had days to live.  We knew it was coming.  Last June, she had let us know that her pancreatic cancer had returned. …
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May 31, 2019

Executive Director May Recap

Two weeks ago, my oldest (16) decided that he wanted to build a pond in our backyard.  The word “NO” was on the tip of my tongue.  There were lots of reasons to say it.  He has no experience building…
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April 29, 2019

Executive Director April Recap

Happy Spring! On April 11, the provincial government tabled their first budget.  In an effort to reduce the deficit, cuts were made across the board and tourism was not immune.  The strong efforts of TIAO and stakeholders like you ensured…
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Chuck
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March 28, 2019

Executive Director March Recap

One of my favourite moments this past year was trying to round the delegates up after breaks and lunch at this year’s tourism symposium.  It was like herding cats!  And the reason for that was because the conversations that had…
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January 31, 2019

Executive Director January Recap

There are a lot of parables that speak to the individual being responsible for his/her own success.  Probably the reason there are so many is that it is true.  Each of us has the ability to make choices that will…
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December 20, 2018

Executive Director December Recap

Happy Holidays! It seems that each year the holiday season gets busier.  It could be because the kids are getting busier but still can’t drive themselves around.  It could be that I am just getting older and the things I…
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November 27, 2018

Executive Director November Recap

Good Day, This past weekend, my oldest had his last lacrosse tournament of the season down in Pennsylvania.  Trish and I decided to make a mini vacation out of it, so on early Friday morning we packed up the mini…
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October 25, 2018

Double Awards for Durham’s Rural Routes and Dirty Boots Trail

Congratulations to all those involved in the Rural Routes and Dirty Boots product trail celebrating twice over on the same evening -October 24th - in Toronto, at the 12th Annual DINE and Destination Awards for Winner Culinary Tourism Initiative -…
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