GTHA Spirit Awards celebrate service in Toronto hotels

TORONTO – Last month, 420 members of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association (GTHA) gathered, to honour exceptional ambassadors in the region’s hotel industry

TORONTO – Last month, 420 members of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association (GTHA) gathered, to honour exceptional ambassadors in the region’s hotel industry. The second Annual Spirit Awards Luncheon hosted by the GTHA recognized 173 nominees and 19 award winners for their outstanding contributions to the industry.

Some of this year’s GTHA Spirit Award Winners.

Some of this year’s GTHA Spirit Award Winners.

“The Greater Toronto Hotel Association is very proud of these individuals and the contributions they make to the visitor experience in the Greater Toronto Area,” said GTHA President & CEO Terry Mundell. 

GTHA members represent 170 hotels with 35,600 guest rooms and 32,000 employees.

The winners of the GTHA 2nd Annual Spirit Awards are:


Steve Tomaso, Westin Prince Hotel, Lifetime Achievement Award


Sivarajah Shanmugam, Radisson Admiral Hotel-Toronto Harbourfront, Accounting
Ambassador of the Year


Giselle Fernandes, Novotel Toronto Centre, Administration Ambassador of the Year


Maria Mancuso, Delta Toronto Airport West, Banquet Ambassador of the Year


Khaled Hamoui, Hotel Le Germain Toronto, Bell Ambassador of the Year


Ali Merchant, Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Bell Ambassador
of the Year


Shamini Eswarakumar, The Fairmont Royal York, Concierge of the Year


Rachel Mullings, Park Hyatt Toronto, Culinary Ambassador of the Year


Randy Tahir, The King Edward Hotel, Engineering Ambassador of the Year


Renee Delavigne, Residence Inn Toronto Downtown/Entertainment District, Guest
Services Ambassador of the Year


Maria Rosaria Azzari, Ritz Carlton Toronto, Health Club/Spa Ambassador of the Year


Christine Owusu, Radisson Admiral Hotel – Toronto Harbourfront, Housekeeping
Ambassador of the Year


Dawit Tesfagiorgies, Hilton Toronto, Laundry Ambassador of the Year


Justine Davidson, Cambridge Suites Hotel, Reservations Ambassador of the Year


Sharon Gidden, Toronto Airport Marriott, Food and Beverage Outlets Ambassador
of the Year


Jennifer Bailey,The Westin Harbour Castle, Security Ambassador of the Year


Richard Medeiros, Strathcona Hotel Downtown Toronto, Steward of the Year


Barbara Longman, Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Switchboard Operator of the Year


Sabaratnam Joy Kalanidi, Holiday Inn Toronto Yorkdale, Valet Driver/ Door Person/
Shuttle Driver Ambassador of the Year