A Simcoe county woman is the winner of the 2017 Charlie Kelly Award.
Suzanne Burtenshaw of the Coldwater Steampunk Festival was presented with the award at the BruceGreySimcoe Regional Tourism UnConference at Blue Mountain Resort today.
The Charlie Kelly award committee received 16 nominations this year for 12 individuals.
Burtenshaw is a volunteer with the Coldwater Steampunk Festival, which brings thousands of people to the village to celebrate the steampunk era.
Visitors often come in elaborate costumes and this themed event had record attendance this year, bringing visitors from as far as the United States.
Her award honours the memory of Charlie Kelly, who championed the idea of four-season tourism for Owen Sound.
It embodies his spirit and looks to recognize the person who has helped to grow the tourism industry the most over the last year, through initiative, innovation or by acting as a role model.
Past winners include Mylisa Hendersen, Don Braden, Jeff Carver, Patti Kendall, Jack and Rick Salen, Ashley Miller, Bryan Plumstead, Chris Hughes and Jenny Amy.
Thanks to the support of Bayshore Broadcasting, this award has grown from recognizing tourism champions in Grey and Bruce counties to honouring those in Bruce, Grey and Simcoe counties.