In addition to the recent award wins and achievements we celebrated in last week's post, we wanted to include an update on a few awards that were handed out during the past week.



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Dustyn Baulkham, Founder and Executive Producer of Rebellious Unicorns Production Company, was the winner of the Young LGBT+ Entrepreneur of the Year category at the CGLCC Business Leadership Awards, which were handed out at a virtual awards ceremony on November 5. You can view the gala and awards ceremony on YouTube (you'll find Dustyn's award around the 1h 41 m mark).



For the third year in a row, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has received "North America's Responsible Tourism Award" at the 2020 World Travel Awards (WTA), which were originally set to take place here in the Thompson Okanagan but due to COVID-19, were handed out at a virtual event on November 6.  The WTA "acknowledges, rewards, and celebrates excellence across key sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries." 



The WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada typically take place as an in-person event every summer; however, this year, the format was changed and the winning wines will be announced weekly throughout the month of November. Last week, the Top 10 Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sparkling were announced; here are the Central Okanagan wines that made the Top 10 lists:

Top 10 Chardonnay:

Top 10 Riesling:

Top 10 Sparkling:

Click here to view the full lists and to see the numerous other Central Okanagan wines recognized outside the top 10 lists. You can also find the schedule about what which varietals will be announced in the coming weeks.


Congratulations to all the award winners!

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