THE WINNERS' CIRCLE update June 5, 2018

Choice Hotels Canada's Book to Build Campaign

Book to Build Quality Inn Peterborough, Ont.

Book to Build Quality Inn Peterborough, Ont.

TORONTO — Choice Hotels Canada held its second annual Book to Build campaign recently. Last year, the campaign for Habitat for Humanity Canada surpassed
its fundraising goal of $100,000. This year, the goal has been increased to
$125,000 to help families in need of affordable housing.

Beginning Friday, May 11 until
Sunday, May 27, guests staying at any of the 151 participating Choice Hotels’ locations had a portion of their stay donated to Habitat for Humanity Canada. One
hundred per cent of funds raised will be directed to local Habitat for Humanity
offices to help families across the country.

Several Choice Hotels also planned individual fundraising initiatives in their respective
communities to support the campaign, from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia. In addition to the
hotel-level contributions, members
of the Choice Privileges loyalty program looking to get involved were able to
donate their points as a way of contributing to the campaign.

Through its social
responsibility initiatives, Choice Hotels Canada supports reputable charitable organizations
that focus on shelter, education and community development as it relates to
children. Through Book to Build,
Choice hopes to raise $500,000 over the next five years for Habitat for
Humanity Canada.

Chelsea Hotel pledges $1 million to SickKids

L to R:  Rob Housez, General Manager, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto; Sean Schurr, AboutKidsHealth; Kathy Motton, Patient Ambassador, SickKids; Josef Ebner, Regional Vice-President – Canada and Managing Director, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto and Adam Starkman, VP Corporate Partnerships, SickKids Foundation.

L to R: Rob Housez, General Manager, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto; Sean Schurr, AboutKidsHealth; Kathy Motton, Patient Ambassador, SickKids; Josef Ebner, Regional Vice-President – Canada and Managing Director, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto and Adam Starkman, VP Corporate Partnerships, SickKids Foundation.

TORONTO – Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, is a generous and long time partner of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Since 2013, the hotel has donated $500,000 in support of AboutKidsHealth, a trusted on-line resource created by SickKids experts. In collaboration with SickKids, the Chelsea CARES Program provides accommodation for families in need, creating a home away from home in what can be scary and stressful times.

Looking ahead, SickKids is taking on the greatest challenges in child health with the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian health care history, the SickKids VS Limits campaign, with the unprecedented goal of $1.3 billion through philanthropy.

As a valued donor, Chelsea Hotel has joined the fight against these limits by committing to raising $500,000 over the next five years in support of the SickKids VS Limits campaign, bringing their total commitment to the campaign to over $1 million. 

“The ability to “give back” to the community is not only an important philosophy of Chelsea Hotel, Toronto but it is something the hotel practices every day. We are not only willing to go above and beyond to bring comfort to our guests, but also to bring comfort to families in need in the local community in which we operate. It is our hope to not only increase awareness for SickKids, but to continue to raise much needed funds to help those children in their care,” said Josef Ebner, regional vice-president – Canada & managing director, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto.

GTHA honours the city's finest hotel employees

TORONTO –
More than 600 members of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association (GTHA) gathered
at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Friday, May 11, to celebrate colleagues in the
region’s hotel industry. The seventh annual Spirit Awards Luncheon presented by
the GTHA recognized a slate of 258 nominees and highlighted 18 award winners
for their contributions in the hotel industry.

“It is with
great pride that the GTHA celebrates the service, professionalism and
innovation of these Ambassadors in the hotel community,” said GTHA President
& CEO Terry Mundell. “Our congratulations go out to each nominee and award
winner for their outstanding service to guests visiting GTHA member hotels”.

The winners
of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association’s 7th Annual Spirit Awards include:

Lifetime
Achievement Award:
Veronia Francis, Holiday Inn Toronto Yorkdale

Accounting
Ambassador of the Year:
Brenda Sequoia, Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel and Suites

Valet/ Door
Person/ Shuttle Driver Ambassador of the Year:
Sean Loughran, Omni King Edward
Hotel

Switchboard
Operator of the Year:
Paulina Pama, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

Bell Person
Ambassador of the Year:
Terry Katsoris, The Hazelton Hotel

Concierge
of the Year:
Cindy Tang, Hotel Le Germain Toronto

Culinary
Ambassador of the Year:
Cecil Chin, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel

Engineering
Ambassador of the Year:
Charlie Sukhbir, Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville

Food and
Beverage Outlets Ambassador of the Year:
Sean Anderson, The Strathcona Hotel

Guest
Services Ambassador of the Year:
Robert Laciak, Hyatt Regency Toronto

Housekeeping
Room Attendant Ambassador of the Year:
Luisa Valencia, Sheraton Centre Toronto

Housekeeping
Support Services Ambassador of the Year:
Sammy Wong, Fairmont Royal York

Administration
Ambassador of the Year:
Sarah Rau, Thompson Toronto Hotel

Banquet
Ambassador of the Year:
Terry Norris, Omni King Edward Hotel

Laundry
Ambassador of the Year:
Jeryll Cristobal, Hyatt Regency Toronto

Reservations
Ambassador of the Year:
Daisy Puran, Chelsea Hotel Toronto

Security
Ambassador of the Year:
Veroon Churaman, One King West Hotel & Residence

Steward of
the Year:
Dwayne Parsons, Sheraton Centre Toronto

George Brown hosts Jeune Chaine des Rotisseurs

By Tim Belanger, Lead Judge

TORONTO — We had a great Jeune
Chaine des Rotisseur competition on May 4 at George Brown College. First, I want to thank our back of the house judge
Chef Chris Girond, and our two tasting Judges Chef Matthew Connolly and Chef
Paul Hoag. We want to express our gratitude to  George Brown
College for hosting this year competition. We would like to acknowledge Chef Sam Seaver from
Niagara College and Chef Daniel Schick
from the King Edward Hotel for mentoring two of the competitors, Lucas Wheeler and Luca Maglietta respectively.

The winner of the competition will be representing the Toronto
Bailliage in Edmonton, October 18-20 2018. We are pleased to announce that Luca Maglietta, from
the King Edward Hotel will be our Jeune Chaine des Rotisseur competitor. We want to send our congratulations to Luca and Chef
Daniel as the prepare for the next level of competition.

We have already started planning for next years’
competitions. If have any suggestion, please forward them to us. Vive le Chaine!

Travelodge by Wyndham Strathmore wins big

Travelodge by Wyndham Strathmore, Alta.

Travelodge by Wyndham Strathmore, Alta.

CALGARY — Travelodge Canada is thrilled to congratulate
the Travelodge by Wyndham Strathmore in
Alberta on winning the “Best of Travelodge Quality
Award”
for 2016-2017. The award was presented to the hotel with the highest
overall quality, guest feedback and combined cleanliness and condition scores
from July 2016 to December 2017. This prestigious award was presented to the
hotel owner, Loizos Zakos and General Manager, Jane Payne, at the Wyndham
Global Conference, held in April in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Located
near Calgary, Alberta, the Travelodge by
Wyndham Strathmore is the perfect starting point to an Alberta adventure
and is well known for its delicious hot buffet breakfast. This pet-friendly hotel
offers free WiFi, free parking, an indoor pool with waterslide and hot tub,
fitness room, spacious rooms and suites – some with a fireplace or Jacuzzi, and
7,500 sq. ft. of event space. The hotel has been on a winning streak this year,
accepting awards from TripAdvisor, CAA, booking.com and the Best Housekeeping
award from AHLA.

Pool at Travelodge by Wyndham Strathmore.

Pool at Travelodge by Wyndham Strathmore.

Best of Travelodge Winners 2017

Travelodge Canada is also pleased to congratulate the “Best of
Travelodge” winners for 2017. These hotels were also
recognized at the Wyndham Global Conference and were selected based on several
criteria including QA scores, guest reviews and Wyndham Rewards enrollments.
Illustrating the strength of the brand in Canada, an impressive 39% of the global
awards were given to Canadian hotels, with 21 out of the 54 awards being
presented to Travelodge locations in Canada.

Congratulations to
the following award winners:

•   Travelodge Hotel by
Wyndham 
Belleville
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Chatham
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Edmonton
South
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Edmonton
West
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Kindersley
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Kingston
Lasalle Hotel
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Lethbridge
•   Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Montreal Centre
•   Thriftlodge by Wyndham Niagara Falls at the Falls 
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Niagara
Falls at the Falls
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Airport
North Bay
•   Travelodge Hotel and Conference Centre by Wyndham Regina
•   Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Saskatoon
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Simcoe
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Strathmore
•   Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Sudbury
•   Travelodge Suites by Wyndham Saint John
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Timmins
•   Travelodge Victoria Airport
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Winnipeg
East
•   Travelodge by
Wyndham Weyburn