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2017 Spirit Awards Winners

News Release

May 12, 2017



TORONTO – (May 12, 2017) Over five hundred and seventy members of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association (GTHA) gathered on Friday, May 12, 2017 to honour exceptional Ambassadors in the region’s hotel industry. The sixth annual Spirit Awards Luncheon presented by the Greater Toronto Hotel Association recognized 242 nominees and 18 award winners for their outstanding contributions in our industry.

“It is with great pride that the GTHA celebrates the service, professionalism and innovation of these outstanding Ambassadors in the hotel community” said GTHA President & CEO Terry Mundell. “Their contributions to the visitor experience leave a lasting impression on the over 14 million overnight visitors to the Greater Toronto Area. Our congratulations go out to each nominee and award winner for their exceptional service to guests visiting GTHA member hotels”.

The winners of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association’s 6th Annual Spirit Awards are:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Fatima Xavier             The Westin Harbour Castle

Accounting Ambassador of the Year
Jean Simon               Chelsea Hotel Toronto

Valet/ Door Person/ Shuttle Driver Ambassador of the Year
Fetsum Tesfay          Fairmont Royal York

Switchboard Operator of the Year    
Raul Turcios             Hilton Toronto

Bell Person Ambassador of the Year
James Van Sickle      Park Hyatt Toronto

Concierge of the Year
Shawn Robinson       Omni King Edward Hotel

Culinary Ambassador of the Year     
Candice Ekonomakos          The Ritz-Carlton Toronto

Engineering Ambassador of the Year     
Naser Brahan            Novotel North York

Food and Beverage Outlets Ambassador of the Year
Vesna Lazic               Holiday Inn Toronto Yorkdale

Guest Services Ambassador of the Year     
Mehtab Rehman       Novotel North York

Housekeeping Room Attendant Ambassador of the Year    
Uzel Ramos               Hilton Toronto

Housekeeping Support Services Ambassador of the Year  
Garfield Wade           InterContinental Toronto Centre

Administration Ambassador of the Year       
Agustin Arellano       The Westin Harbour Castle

Banquet Ambassador of the Year
George Angulo         The Westin Harbour Castle

Laundry Ambassador of the Year     
Pina Lamanna           Fairmont Royal York

Reservations Ambassador of the Year        
Tammy Chung          Toronto Metro Market representing Westin Harbour Castle, Sheraton Centre, Sheraton Gateway and Sheraton Toronto Airport

Security Ambassador of the Year     
Serhiy Tsyundyk       The Strathcona Hotel

Steward of the Year  
Roy Gardner              Hilton Toronto Airport Suites

Click here for a full list of nominees

 About the Greater Toronto Hotel Association (GTHA)

Founded in 1925, the Greater Toronto Hotel Association has been serving the hotel industry of the Greater Toronto Area for over ninety years. A major stakeholder in the tourism industry, the GTHA is the voice of the Greater Toronto Area's hotel industry, representing 170 hotels, with approximately 36,000 guest rooms and 32,000 employees. The GTHA is dedicated to serving the interests of its members on issues of public policy and advocates to raise the profile and prosperity of our members as a vital component of the hospitality industry.


For more information contact:

Emily Dickson
(416) 351-1276