Members of the Victoria Hospitality Awards Committee (VHAP) recently recognized Kelsey Linning, customer service supervisor at Harbour Air, with a Victoria Hospitality Award. Kelsey was nominated by Harbour Air guest Carole Sturm, who shared a story about how Kelsey has helped to make Victoria a better place for the community and, in turn, visitors.
“After the Victoria [Harbour Air] terminal holiday potluck, Kelsey organized the staff to divide up the leftover food into packages that could be given out to homeless people around downtown Victoria. She also coordinated all of the staff to donate warm clothing that could be distributed along with the food,” wrote Sturm.
“Every year around the holidays, Kelsey takes the initiative to inspire her coworkers to get together and do a small fundraising effort,”Sturm added. “Her ability to use her leadership skills and team spirit to do good for those in the community who are less fortunate is admirable, and as such is deserving of this nomination.”
The Victoria Hospitality Award program was founded in 1994. A not-for-profit society was formed with a mandate to recognize individuals from the Greater Victoria area for outstanding hospitality. Outstanding hospitality is defined as a random act of kindness that goes over and above the expected to meet the needs of an individual.
Committee members meet monthly to review ballots received and to select a winner. Monthly winners are presented with a signed Victoria Hospitality Award Program certificate, a letter of commendation, a City of Victoria pin engraved with the winner’s name, and numerous other gifts from Committee members representing various sectors of our community. The Society hosts a Special Event annually to honour all nominees and monthly winners.