2015 TMAC Photo Award for Emily Carr’s BC

2015 TMAC Awards - Best People Photo - Nuu-chah-nulth Dancer 1Super happy that this photo of Nuu-chah-nulth dancer, Timmy Masso, from the Pacific Rim chapter of Emily Carr’s BC (Book One): Vancouver Island, was awarded Gold for Best People Photo of 2015 by TMAC, the Travel Media Association of Canada. Timmy, who is wearing a kingfisher mask carved by his brother (artist-to-watch Hjalmer Westob), performed a segment of a dance that tells the background story of his family. Thanks to Emily Carr leading me on the most fascinating journey’s around British Columbia, I met the brothers at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. It is a tremendous honour to be recognized with my ninth TMAC award.

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2015 ~ NATJA Awards Finalist

2015 NATJA TransMore exciting news for Emily Carr’s BC: Vancouver Island – named a Finalist in the 2015 North American Travel Journalist (NATJA) Awards for Best Travel Book or Guide. Other finalists include Moon Guidebooks: Havana, and National Geographic Traveler: Panama. I’m thrilled to see a Canadian destination being honoured and delighted at the company Little White Publishing is keeping.

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2013 TMAC Award

I’m delighted that my story, Circle North, a tour of Northern BC has won the 2013 TMAC Award for Best Story About Travel in Canada. It’s great to see this recognition for a part of the world that is relatively unknown, but absolutely spectacular in terms of Aboriginal culture, British Columbia history, ecology and scenery. The TMAC Awards were presented at the annual conference in Pittsburg, PA, on May 31, 2014.

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2012 TMAC Photography Award

Photography Award ~ Best Action Photo


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2014 ~ Best of the Okanagan x Two










I am truly humbled to have been voted Best Local Writer (Central) for the second year in Okanagan Life magazine’s 2014 Best of the Okanagan Readers’ Choice Awards. Sincere thanks to everyone who voted for me. I suspect my Grandma Wears Hiking Boots fans are responsible.

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2009 TMAC/Starwood Hotels Award

Photography Award ~ Places Category


Hedi’s Wine Bar, Salmon Arm, BC

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