July 2014  
In this Issue
Register your business with the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association
Festivals & events workshop with Jan Bonhomme - Monday, October 20th
Dufferin County forest management plan - deadline for input July 31st, 14
Hills of Headwaters Board of Directors
Fond farewell to Samantha Russell
Nominate a tourism business, festival, or event
Volunteer opportunities for TO2015 Pan Am Games
Tourism & community bloggers
Keep us up-to-date on events and newsworthy happenings

INVITING TOURISM BUSINESSES TO REGISTER ONLINE WITH THE HILLS OF HEADWATERS



STEP #1

REGISTER NOW: FREE TOURISM BUSINESS & EVENT LISTINGS

If you operate a tourism related business register your business for free and be part of the region's largest tourism focused website. With approximately 10,000 unique visitors each month on the Hills of Headwaters website, your business will benefit from additional exposure at NO COST, and will also be linked to the Central Counties Tourism website, that garners another 10,000 unique visitors each month. That's an opportunity to engage 20,000 unique visitors each month at NO COST to your business.

What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

STEP #2

EXPAND YOUR TOURISM MARKETING: LEADING WITH THE BEST

If you are actively engaged in the tourism industry in Headwaters and are looking to expand your marketing reach, we encourage you to consider our LEADING WITH THE BEST program. Businesses that take part in this program will be promoted as leading tourism experiences to consumers and will become part of our targeted and featured promotions at the Hills of Headwaters and Central Counties through our digital and social media platforms.

 

To find out how to take part, contact our Hills of Headwaters Regional Field Manager, Jo Fillery (jo@centralcounties.ca | 519-831-7654)

 

 

FESTIVALS & EVENTS WORKSHOP - MONDAY, OCTOBER 20TH, 2014  

   

 

Attendees at the festival & events session during our March 2014 Partners in Tourism Symposium were blown away with the brief presentation by Jan Bonhomme from the Eastern Ontario Events Centre.

 

Due to overwhelming demand we have booked Jan for a full day session on Monday, October 20th, 2014 where she will provide her full complement of training including: theming your event; staging successful events; paying the bills & grant opportunities; risk management and engaging volunteers.

 

Save the date - Monday, October 20th. Details and registration information to follow in August.

 

 

 

DUFFERIN COUNTY FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN


 

The County of Dufferin is developing a new twenty-year management plan for the 2,600 acre Dufferin County Forest.  The plan will guide the use and management of the Dufferin County Forest over the next twenty years (2015-2035).  We encourage residents & businesses to consider the value of the Dufferin County Forest as it relates to tourism and quality of life in the region, and provide your input to ensure that your voice is heard as the plan is developed.

 

Please note that there are several items available for comments as part of the public review process:

  1. Draft forest management plan for the Dufferin County Forest;
  2. Draft recreation policy for the Dufferin County Forest and;
  3. Proposal from the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders for use of the Dufferin County Forest by off-road motorcycles.

Deadline for input - July 31st, 2014. For more information visit the Dufferin County Forest site.

 

 

 

HILLS OF HEADWATERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

 

 

The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association recently celebrated the 20th year of incorporation of the Association. Over the past 20 years, the Tourism Association has grown and developed due to the commitment of our municipal partners, the support of our regional tourism businesses and the dedication of our Board of Directors.

 

In June of 2014, Stacey Coupland (Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites) was approved as the new Vice-Chair for the Tourism Association. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Meg Floyd (Alton Mill Arts Centre) who recently completed her term on our Board of Directors.  

 

The current Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association Board includes: Ron Munro (Chair), Stacey Coupland (Vice-Chair), Lisa Johnson (Treasurer), Doug Beffort (Town of Caledon), John Brennan (Town of Erin), Maria Britto (Maria Britto Realty), Elaine Capes (Town of Mono), Sandra Dolson (Town of Caledon), Jo Fillery (Central Counties), Michele Harris (Executive Director), Harvey Kolodny (Arts & Culture), Nanci Malek (Dufferin County Museum), Ross Millar (Headwaters Equine Leadership Group), Kelly Myles (Caledon Country Club), Laura Ryan (Dufferin County), John Telfer (Town of Shelburne) and Sigrid Wolm (From the Kitchen to the Table).

 

 

 

BON VOYAGE & FOND FAREWELL TO SAMANTHA RUSSELL

 

 

It is with mixed feelings that we announce the departure of Samantha Russell from our team at the Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association. Samantha and her family returned to England at the beginning of July, where her husband has assumed a new position with Jaguar LandRover.

Samantha was a valuable part of our team for almost 5 years. Her positive attitude and commitment to tourism in the region was exemplary, and we know that all our regional stakeholders will miss her as much as we will. We are delighted for Samantha and her family and wish them well in this new adventure.

 

NOMINATE A TOURISM BUSINESS, FESTIVAL, OR EVENT 

 

Ontario Tourism Awards - deadline of Midnight, July 18th 2014

 

 

Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards - deadline of Midnight, July 18th 2014 

 

 

Ontario Festivals & Events Awards - deadline of November 7th, 2014 

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR TO2015 PAN AM GAMES

 

Volunteer recruitment for the TO2015 Pan Am Games is now open. This is your opportunity to be one of the over 20,000 volunteers who will help welcome the visitors and competitors to this summer celebration taking place throughout southern Ontario in 2015.  

 

For more information or to sign up, click here--> 

 

 

TOURISM & COMMUNITY BLOGGERS/VLOGGERS

 

The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association, and our partners Dufferin.biz and the Greater Dufferin Area Chamber of Commerce, are seeking to build a long-term relationship with a roster of tourism and community bloggers who are available to travel regularly throughout our area and post about the great experiences available throughout the Headwaters region (County of Dufferin, Town of Caledon and Town of Erin). Full details available here. Email submissions to hr@headwatersregion.ca.

 

 

KEEP US UP-TO-DATE ON EVENTS AND NEWSWORTHY HAPPENINGS  

 

Let us know about your events and newsworthy happenings so that we can help promote all that makes the Headwaters region special.

   

If you have press releases and photos about newsworthy events and happenings, please send them directly to our attention at media@headwatersregion.ca