More than two dozen Calgarians and local organizations were honoured this week at the 56th annual Calgary White Hat Awards.

Calgary “is the ultimate host city,” Tourism Calgary CEO Cindy Ady told the highly spirited crowd at the awards ceremony, held Wednesday night at the Jubilee Auditorium.

“Winners reflect what it means to be an ultimate host,” Ady said.

The awards celebrate those who work in the hospitality and tourism industry; they are the people who serve and host 6.9 million visitors to the city each year.

Impact generated by this visitor economy totals $1.6 billion, notes Tourism Calgary.

“The Calgary White Hat Awards are about celebrating the behind-the-scenes workers, visionary leaders and incredible businesses that perpetuate Calgary’s reputation for western hospitality by ensuring each Calgarian and visitor feels important and valued,” said Ady. “Their warmth, spirit and commitment to creating memorable experiences contributes significantly to the Calgary’s vitality and growing reputation as the ultimate host city.”

The winners are:

Calgary White Hat Legacy Award — Theatre Calgary
White Hat of the Year: Festival Event — The City of Calgary’s Canada Day 150 Celebration
White Hat of the Year: Restaurant — Deane House
Mayor’s White Hat Award — Leo Brook, Delta Calgary Downtown
Doug Johnson Service Award — Jim Vance, The Checker Transportation Group
Lead by Example — Uday Vandanapu, Hotel Alma at the University of Calgary
Exceptional Server: Centre City —Antonio Querin, One18 Empire
Exceptional Service: Shopping — Shelley Crabtree, Calgary Co-op
Exceptional Service: Tour Escort-Guide — Lauryn Record, Calgary Zoo
Exceptional Service: Non-server — Dwayne Roberts, The Fairmont Palliser
Exceptional Server: North — Jennifer Lock, Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel
Exceptional Server: Airport-Airline — Shannon Sunshine, Air Canada
Exceptional Service: Heart of House — Peter To, The Westin Calgary
Exceptional Service: Housekeeping — Barbara Thorne, Delta Calgary South
Exceptional Server: South — Amanda Swearengen, Redwater Rustic Grille, Aspen Estates
Exceptional Customer Service: Driver — Carole Levasseur, …read more

Source:: Calgary Herald


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