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’.
“Kimberly is a unicorn as some call her; born and raised in Grande Prairie with family roots dating back to the 1920s and 1930s when her grandparents settled on farms in the area and these lands are still in the family to this day. Even after moving away for a couple years after college, she came back to settle in Grande Prairie as it has always been home.
With excitement Kimberly has taken on the Administrative Assistant position with the GPRTA as of February 2020 and brings to the table 15+ years in Business Administration and Bookkeeping experience she has gained both professionally and through volunteering.
Outside of work she enjoys traveling throughout Alberta and BC, nature, photography and camping, whether it be by a body of water or at a track, yes track, as in a drag racing track. Her newest hobby is drag racing, she is both pit crew and driver with her family racing team and a member of the North Peace Bracket Racing Association for the last 7+ years.
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 (now Weyerhaeuser), 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.
Our Influencer – Abby with a G
As a local I love the opportunity to showcase our region. Being an Influencer is a new experience for me but as a millennial I am active on social media and enjoy posting photos and videos.
I am a curious and adventurous person and I love to experience new things.
I am excited to share everything Grande Prairie and our entire region has to offer and have a blast doing it.