We would like to welcome Terry Dow as the new Executive Director of the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association (GPRTA) effective October 2nd, 2019. As an accomplished and innovative Tourism Director, Terry has over 25+ years of experience in tourism, hospitality, sales and leadership across southern Ontario and northern Saskatchewan.
In her most recent role as Executive Director for the Waskesiu and Area Wilderness Region (WWR), she worked closely with the members to develop and curate incredible visitor experiences in Northern Saskatchewan. While working for the WWR, Terry took the lead in all marketing initiatives and programs, product development, marketing strategies, brand development and membership sales. She managed a diverse region with many partners, municipalities and members. She modelled collaboration and connectivity between the individual and collective brands of the area and in creating lasting relationships.
Before becoming Executive Director for the GPRTA and WWR, Terry held numerous other key positions in the tourism industry such as, board member of the Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce, Director of Tourism for the City of Thorold, General Manager of the Thorold Chamber of Commerce, and the President and spokesperson for the Greater Thorold Business Council.
Terry has a strong background in non-profit organizational management and has a proven track record of interacting with local boards, politicians, stakeholders and industry partners. Her achievements are telling of an effective leader that demonstrates an elevated level of business development, strategic management, team-building and strong marketing expertise.
Terry understands the importance of building a strong corporate vision, partnership development, and she excels at customer service training and mentoring. She recognizes and teaches others on the economic impacts tourism brings to a community and works with a collaborative approach towards the promotion of the Region.
Terry has also proven herself as a qualified, successful real estate professional through two major residential real estate projects Living Sky Condos and Rolling Meadows Development that included re-branding and sales of the developments.
Outside of the office, Terry enjoys spending time in the outdoors, camping going to rodeos, music festivals especially Country and visiting her three grown children as well as spending time with her two fur babies, ‘Gracie and Charlie’.
As an experienced Senior Professional in Administration, I am reliable, dedicated, with high standards and a wide variety of experience. Originally from Millbrook, ON, I moved to Grande Prairie 11 years ago and we are now a family of four with two beautiful daughters. I am involved in the community, supporting a wide variety of events including managing Tools for Schools Fundraising Events, Annual General Meetings for GPRTA & United Way, organizing GP Local Food Fest, and previous Board Director for the GP Stompede. I am continually looking to offer my skill set where it is needed as a volunteer and am engaged in enhancing the quality of life for our residents.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Helen moved to Grande Prairie after graduating college in 1986. Her first job was a Tour Guide for, then Procter and Gamble so she feels this position at GPRTA is like coming full circle. Since that first job, Helen has put down roots in Grande Prairie, getting married, having her two babies and now getting to be a Grandma. Her career path led to working as a graphic designer, production coordinator and manager in the print, sign and vehicle graphics industries. She started with the daily newspaper and has worked for Parsons Printing, Menzies Printers and TrimFX. Now, she is excited to be taking a new direction back into the world of tourism. It is so much fun everyday to meet new people. It is such a great “job” showing off all our region has to offer to visitors from all over the world.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Breanna began at the Association in October of 2018. Breanna was born and raised in the Grande Prairie area and returned home after completing her degree in Communications from the University of Calgary. The Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association caught her eye with their work in expanding the knowledge of our vibrant Region to not only its regional residents but province and nation wide. As the Marketing and Communications Coordinator, you can often see her out and about at events. She enjoys meeting fellow community members so be encouraged to say hi and ask about the information and swag she’s probably got with her! In her free time she enjoys partaking in community events and sports. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge on the Region and creating lasting relationships with Tourism partners and visitors!