South Dundas Welcoming Facemask Project wins national award

South Dundas Deputy Mayor Kirsten Gardner poses with Michael Burton and Ron Currie, member of the municipality's Tourism Committee. They are wearing the winning Welcoming Facemask.

MORRISBURG — The Economic Development Association of Canada has put a smile on the face of South Dundas.

The municipality’s ‘Welcoming Facemask Project’ took top honours Feb. 23 in the Association’s Promotional Item Marketing Award (Under $200,000 Budget).

It’s the second time South Dundas has received an award from the Association. The 2021 honour recognizes the local initiative that distributed “welcoming facemasks” to tourism and retail establishments last summer. Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC) judges recognized it as “a way to welcome versus a barrier to a welcoming smile — and had a nice personal touch.”

“Given EDAC is a national association, the awards competition is extremely  competitive,” explained Economic Development Officer, Rob Hunter.  “Winning this award is a real honour for our municipality. I’d like to give special thanks to the artist of the mask design, Margi Laurin.”

“Council is very proud that South Dundas won this National Economic  Development Marketing Award. It would not have been possible without the  efforts of the South Dundas Tourism Advisory Committee, municipal staff and Margi Laurin who helped with the facemask artwork,” said Mayor Steve Byvelds. “All of them pulled  together during this project to help our businesses welcome residents and  visitors,”

EDAC boasts 1,000  members nationwide.  The organization’s National Economic Development Marketing Awards honour economic development marketing efforts from across Canada.

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