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Employee of the Year


Winnipeg Tourism Employee of the Year Award of Distinction

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Presented to a front-line employee in the hospitality industry who demonstrates service excellence by going above and beyond in order to provide outstanding service that enhances visitors’ experiences for increased customer satisfaction.

Award Nominees

Kit Ho – Inn at the Forks

Kit Ho’s beaming smile is one of the first things you may see when you arrive at the Inn at the Forks. With unparalleled energy
for elevating the guest experience, Kit has had a positive impact on thousands of guests, co-workers and hotel management during his five and a half years at the Inn at the Forks. His enthusiasm on what to see and do combined with his strong work ethic and dedication leaves a lasting impression that brings guests back to stay again.

Leanne Smith – MainStay Suites Winnipeg

Leanne Smith has a direct positive impact on the culture of MainStay Suites Winnipeg for guests and staff alike. Leanne values her work and never misses a day, taking the time to greet each staff member individually. Everyone at the hotel, from employees to guests, always know that Leanne will be there to brighten their day. Taking on the “mama bear” role for the staff, she ensures everyone is enjoying their work. Leanne has even been known to offer her lunch if a co-worker has forgotten theirs.

Murs al Jafri – Alt Hotel Winnipeg

Mursal Jafri’s passion for Winnipeg shines through in all his guest interactions at the Alt Hotel. A self-described foodie, he is an expert in downtown eateries and shares his top dining spots with guests. As a result, guests learn that Mursal is a fount of knowledge on the city. His love of Winnipeg isn’t limited to his job. When he’s not at work he is involved in community events, from the Pride Festival to Earth Day to dragon boat races and more.