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MHCA’s Lee Woods named volunteer of the year: Tourism Winnipeg

MHCA Marketing and Communications Coordinator Lee Woods has received a distinguished community award for volunteerism.

Tourism Winnipeg has awarded Woods, an MHCA employee since 2018, the Volunteer of the Year Award, presented to a volunteer in the hospitality industry who exhibits excellence and dedication in their work to provide outstanding service to enhance visitors’ experience. The award was presented virtually to Woods on Thursday, May 6.

Until 2020, Woods was Pride Winnipeg’s volunteer Vice-President of Marketing. Woods began volunteering with Pride in 2017, prior to moving to Winnipeg the next year.

Tourism Winnipeg paid tribute to Woods’s versatility and mastery of marketing and communications platforms.

As Pride’s Vice-President of Marketing, their background in graphic design and tourism contributes to making the Pride Winnipeg Festival look fantastic each year. Along with creating and managing a large part of Pride’s marketing campaigns by themselves, Lee is committed to seeing other Pride Winnipeg projects through. This includes the new Pride Winnipeg website, which they designed and launched themselves, all while tackling other projects at the same time. Lee jumps at the chance to help the Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diverse (GSRD) community shine, whether as a mentor, by helping to bring more people to the festival or by assisting fellow volunteers.

“I want to congratulate Lee on their award and thank them for their service to our community and helping to have made the Pride Winnipeg Festival a destination,” MHCA Board Chair Nicole Chabot said. “Tourism is a vital industry in our economy and Lee’s work helps show off what Winnipeg has to offer to those who come from afar to enjoy the festival. This exemplifies the essence of community spirit.”

MHCA President Chris Lorenc said he wasn’t surprised Woods received such an award, but pleased that those beyond the MHCA’s staff and members see the rich talent and dedication that Woods brings to the MHCA’s operations, programs and marketing materials every day.

“They have made a huge difference to the bench strength of MHCA staff. Their work, especially, in redesigning our website and in ensuring all marketing materials are professionally produced has elevated MHCA’s profile, and service to its members,” Lorenc said.

“Plus, they’re just such a joy to work with and everyone at the MHCA knows they’re the last to extol their accomplishments so the Tourism Winnipeg award is doubly gratifying that way.”

To view the Tourism Winnipeg tribute video to Lee Woods click here.