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Ottawa Valley Tourist Association Announces 2016 Ottawa Valley Tourism Award Finalists

Ottawa Valley Tourist Association  Announces 2016 Ottawa Valley Tourism Award Finalists

The Ottawa Valley Tourist Association is excited to announce the finalists for the 2016 Ottawa Valley Tourism Awards. Award winners will be announced at the OVTA’s upcoming Annual General Meeting on Tuesday April 26th, at the Ma-te-Way Centre in beautiful Renfrew, ON.

The OVTA received nominations from all over the Valley this year, including the Pontiac. A judging panel made up of members of the Board of Directors, members of the Membership Committee and the Warden of the County of Renfrew were tasked with the difficult challenge of selecting a winner for each category.
“It was a difficult task to review the nominations and select only one winner per category,” explains County of Renfrew Warden Peter Emon. “Debates were had around the table! Ultimately, though, it was an inspirational process to be a part of. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated individuals, forward-thinking businesses and high quality events call the Ottawa Valley home.”
“The Ottawa Valley Tourism Awards are an annual celebration of the best of the best,” added OVTA Communications Coordinator, Lauren McIllfaterick. “All nominees should be very proud. We are excited to celebrate the finalists and the winners at our upcoming AGM!”
The finalists for the Marilyn Alexander Tourism Champion of the Year award are: Cheryl Dunlop Reid, Preston O’Grady and Ish Theilheimer.
This year’s Business of Distinction finalists are: Sands on Golden Lake, The Country Cupboard, Stone Fence Theatre and the Wilno Craft Gallery.
In the Special Event of the year category, the finalists are: the 2015 ICF World Freestyle Kayak Championships (Township of Whitewater Region), the Tour de Bonnechere (Township of Bonnechere Valley), Deep River’s 70th Anniversary Celebrations (Town of Deep River), Paddle & Fiddle the Bonnechere River (Township of Bonnechere Valley), There’s Art in Your Woodpile – Creative Wood-stacking Competition (Township of Madawaska Valley), and A Night of Memories: Log Drivers’ Dinner (Fort-Coulonge, QC).  
The afternoon celebration and presentation of the Ottawa Valley Tourism Awards will also include a facilitated creative painting experience led by Kate Aley of the Pontiac School of the Arts, a keynote presentation on Experience Mapping by Marc Whitehead of Karo Group Inc., the OVTA AGM, and an IGNITE Ottawa Valley industry update.
Tickets are $25 for OVTA member and $35 for non-OVTA members, and can be purchased online at
The OVTA is the official destination marketing organization for the Upper Ottawa Valley and proudly represents more than 230 tourism businesses, comprised of attractions and events, accommodation, dining and retail establishments, rafting companies and outfitters, artists and galleries, municipalities, as well as media and industry suppliers. The OVTA is supported by the County of Renfrew, Renfrew County municipalities and the City of Pembroke.

Contact Information:
Ma-te-way Centre
1 Ma-Te-Way Park Drive
Renfrew, Ontario
K7V 4J4
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Email: Lauren McIllfaterick
Organization: Ottawa Valley Tourist Association
Phone: 613.732.4364