Manic Monday – It is always the busiest that volunteer!

Midnight Musings from our CEO

Have you ever noticed that those that are the busiest are also the ones that never fail to raise their hand when asked to help out? Whether coming together during a time of crisis or emergency or simply volunteering to pitch in for a person in need, it is always those with more than enough on their plate that rise to the occasion.

I am reminded of this as I watch the work of our TOTA board of Directors this week. Each of them with full personal and work lives and yet ready and willing to participate fully in our annual board retreat which takes them away from their regular routine and “to do” lists for 2 nights and 3 days.

Without the commitment and hard work of our volunteer Board, there would be no Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. They continue to support the day to day efforts of our team, provide guidance, and are always available on those occasions which from time to time may present challenges or concerns. They are a knowledgeable and engaged group who work hard to understand the issues of the entire region and provide thoughtful and insightful feedback.

I would like to take this opportunity as we begin our new year, which commenced April 1st, to thank each and every board member over the years for their continued efforts and look forward to a strong and prosperous 2018/19 for the entire region.

As a side note, a heartfelt thank you to the entire team at Echo Valley Ranch for hosting our Board Retreat these past few days. You have built an incredible and most hospitable visitor experience and you truly offer a remarkable regional experience as you welcome your guests as part of your family. Thank you so much again for all that you did to accommodate the TOTA Board Retreat 2018!


A Few Highlights from this Week’s News Centre…

Congratulations to Half Corked Marathon in Osoyoos which is once again sold out for the 10th year in a row and recently named of Canada’s Best Event at the Tourism Industry Awards (read more); there are still tickets available to take a ride on the Grand Sommelier Express (aka) Kettle Valley Steam Railway in Summerland on June 9th and enjoy an evening of incredible music, local food and Okanagan wines (read more); hats off to Mike Barker who is retiring from the position of General Manager at Manning Park after 34 years. Thank you, Mike, for all of your commitment to tourism and enjoy the next chapter of your life! (read more).

Read all of this week’s News Centre stories at

Keep following and contributing to TOTA’s Facebook and Twitter sites throughout the week; send us your stories, photos, events and remarkable experiences. Make sure the industry knows what is happening around our region.  Be sure to use #route97 and #explorebc when posting your tourism shots and stories.

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