Sustainable Tourism Ambassador Award

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Our community is home to many exciting tourism attractions, and our tourism operators are dedicated
to protecting the natural landscape that makes living and visiting the Long Point Biosphere and surrounding communities so unique.

The Sustainable Tourism Ambassador Award is presented to honour leaders in sustainability whose businesses have made significant differences in the social, economic, natural and cultural environments of Norfolk County and surrounding area. The award is a symbol of achievement and celebrates the accomplishments of community and business leaders who have actively engaged the tourism community to promote and encourage best practices.

For general inquiries about the award or nomination process, please contact:

Patti O’Reilly, Sustainable Tourism Project Coordinator
Email: sustainabletourism@discoverlongpoint.ca

Award Recipients

2016: Blueberry Hill Estates Named Sustainable Tourism Ambassador of the Year!

2016 winnerBlueberry Hill Estates took home the 2016 Sustainable Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award presented by the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation at the Economic Development Symposium on January 18th in Port Dover.

The Vranckx family has taken a traditional tobacco farming background and turned it into a blueberry farm and winery known for their distinct cultural and natural assets.

Their focus is to preserve the unique environmental character of Norfolk County and are committed stewards of the land demonstrated through their many environmental projects, said Paul Givens, Director of the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation.

“We are so honoured to receive this award from such an important organization in our community. At Blueberry Hill, we strive towards creating as sustainable an environment and business as possible. This is just the beginning for us, as our family is continually investigating new ventures to add to our sustainable tourism initiatives” stated Nick Vranckx, Winemaker at Blueberry Hill Estates.

Read the Media Release for the 2016 Award

2014: Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery Named Sustainable Tourism Ambassador of the Year!

Bonnieheath acceptance photo

Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery took home the 2014 Sustainable Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award at the Economic Development Symposium on January 28th in Port Dover.

“Bonnieheath creates a sense of place by providing guests with visual and educational experiences that focus on the preservation of Norfolk’s natural assets including local agricultural history and quality farm-produced products,” said Paul Givens, Director of the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation.

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2013: Whistling Gardens Named Sustainable Tourism Ambassador of the Year!

Whistling GardensWhistling Gardens took home the first annual Sustainable Tourism Ambassador of the Year award at the Economic Development Symposium held on January 29th in Port Rowan. It is the first of an anticipated annual award that will be presented by the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation.

Sustainable Tourism Ambassadors of the Year, Wanda and Darren Heimbecker of Whistling Gardens in Wilsonville, pose with Biosphere Charter plaque and award sculpted by local artist John Worton.

“Whistling Gardens actively cultivates an appreciation for our natural environment, through education, workshops, seminars, and guided tours offered at their property,” said Brian Craig, President of the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation.

The award honours leaders in sustainability whose businesses have made significant differences in the social, economic, natural and cultural environments of Norfolk County.

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Award Criteria:

  1. Demonstrate Social and Economic Leadership – How does your project or business bring direct and tangible economic and social benefits to local people? (including fair wages, public health, education and training opportunities, etc.)
  2. Demonstrate Environmental and/or Cultural Leadership – How does your project/business support cultural heritage and/or environmental best practice?
  3. Community Engagement – How do you engage with and educate consumers/travellers/guests and other stakeholders about the goals and outcomes of your sustainable projects?
  4. Achievements – What specific policies and activities do you have in place and how are they implemented and monitored?

Who can submit nominations?

  • Any tourism business, organization or initiative from any sector
  • Anyone can submit a nomination
  • You can nominate yourself

How are winners selected?

The winners will be selected by members of the Long Point Biosphere Reserve Foundation Board of Directors. The winner will be announced in January at the Economic Development Symposium.

The decisions of the judges are final. Submissions must qualify based on the category guidelines.

What are the benefits of winning the award?

  • Recognition for outstanding stewardship and service
  • Promotion of your organization on the Long Point Biosphere’s website
  • Ability to highlight your award and achievements on your own promotional materials
  • Opportunity to gain media coverage which enhances your profile in the community and beyond
  • Free one-year Long Point Biosphere membership and decorative plaque to display at your location

How to nominate:
(Nominations are closed for 2016, thank you)

1. Online nomination form using Survey Monkey;

OR

2. Paper nomination form: print a paper nomination form and mail or fax it to:

Norfolk County
Tourism & Economic Development
c/o Patti O’Reilly, Sustainable Tourism Project Coordinator
185 Robinson Street, Suite 200
Simcoe, ON N3Y 5L6
Fax: 519-426-9689
sustainabletourism@discoverlongpoint.ca