Statement on Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mr. Speaker, I had the honour of attending the 21st annual Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence on Monday. These awards offer an opportunity for all of us to celebrate our province’s shining stars in the tourism industry — entrepreneurs, employees, volunteers, and businesses that set the bar just a bit higher.

Although it is certainly an honour to be nominated, I would like to especially recognize the winners of the tourism awards: Cypress Hills Vineyard and Winery, with whom I had the pleasure of sitting that night; Prairieland Park, Gabriel Dumont Institute publishing department, Suzanne Paschall, Claude-Jean Harel and Great Excursions, Shearwater River Cruises; the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Saskatoon, and Yorkton; Moose Mountain Tourism Association, Yorkton Film Festival, Auto Clearing Motor Speedway’s NASCAR; Canadian Tire series, Chief Whitecap Trail, Tourism Moose Jaw, Debbie Aldous-Ibbotson, CanoeSki Discovery Company, D. Grant Black, Jim Yuel and Adventure Destinations International, and Janet Olsen.

One organization in particular deserves extra accolades. The Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve received the Land of the Living Skies Award for its innovative efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations. But unfortunately it sounds like the Sask Party government has cut its funding. Recognized for its good work by its peers, this organization certainly deserves proper provincial funding.

I ask all members to join with me in congratulating the winners of the 2010 Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence

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