Vol. 130 No. 13 Friday, June 8, 2012 Minnedosa, Manitoba Canada R0J 1E0 90 cents + tax

Double tourism win for Minnedosa
Rockin’ the Fields and Ski Valley Honoured
care about their job and excel in making every skier’s innedosa brought experience a great one.” home some heavy Rockin’ the Fields was hardware from the 9th honoured with a PartnerAnnual Tribute to Tour- ship award for its joint efism Awards in Brandon fort of fans and community Wednesday evening. Both to hold a successful August local nominees, Ski Valley long weekend rock festival and Rockin’ the Fields were for nine consecutive years. honoured in their respec- Th festival comes togethe tive categories. er with the support of 160 For the past 30 plus co-operative members, 11 years, Ski Valley has pro- board members, over 300 vided a fun winter get away volunteers, sponsors and for adventure seekers who of course the 4,000 plus travel from near and far to fans who attend the festienjoy the many amenities val each year. Th festival is the ski hill has to offer. With for the fans, by the fans is the best snow in the prov- a true example of what can ince, food service, a variety be accomplished by bandof runs for all skill levels, a ing together to achieve a chair lift, and strong focus common goal. on safety and certified inAccepting the Tribute struction, Ski Valley was to Tourism award for RFM honoured with the 2012 were Vice President Darcy Service Excellence Award. Bialas, Secretary Vaughan Accepting the award for Ski Boles and Promoter Tom Valley was Nancy MacKay. Crook. “Rockin’ the Fields “It’s such an honour to is an incredibly great be appreciated in this ca- weekend and it’s a lot of pacity,” said Nancy. “Talk- fun,” said Boles during his ing with all the people acceptance speech. “It’s we’ve had come to Ski Val- not just about the concert; ley over the years and see- it’s about the community ing the difference it’s made and what we’ve been able in their lives, working with to do to bring it all togethus or just being out there er. Th are many service ere is really special. There’s a groups and volunteers lot of hard work put into it who we work with. We’ve but in the end it’s all worth been able to give back it. We are fortunate to have $150,000 plus over the last such great staff who really eight years. We appreciate By DARRYL HOLYK


Photo by Darryl Holyk

Minnedosa Tribute to Tourism Award winners (L-R) Tom Crook (RFM), Vaughan Boles (RFM), Nancy MacKay (Ski Valley) and Darcy Bialas (RFM).
what they have done and we appreciate this award very much.” Th year’s festival, the is 9th annual RFM, runs August 3rd to 5th. Both local tourism award recipients are most deserving of their honours as each promotes Minnedosa by drawing outside visitors to the area each year. Th not only increasis es our tourism profile but also builds our local economy and strengthens our community. Tourism Westman hosted its awards gala at the Victoria Inn Brandon and honoured winners in seven award categories. Attending in support of the Minnedosa nominees were 18 people, including Deputy Mayor Harvey Wedgewood, four town councillors and 2010/2011 Tourism Westman President, Sandra Ingenmey, who will continue to serve on the board this term as Past President.

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