Winnipeg Tourism award of distinction Lifetime Achievement Award Designated by President & CEO
Presented to an individual, organization or business that contributes to Winnipeg’s tourism industry. The nominee is an advocate of tourism who demonstrates a strong commitment to the growth and success of Winnipeg’s tourism industry.
Sherraine Christopherson made the move from Gainesville, Florida, to Winnipeg so she could be closer to her mother. Initially, she worked for various non-profit organizations, including the St. Boniface Research Foundationand Junior Achievement Manitoba. After starting her own company, she had a fateful meeting one day with Ida Albo, managing partner of the Fort Garry Hotel, who convinced Sherraine to work at the iconic landmark for 15 hours each week in a sales capacity. Her first office was a guest room; she used one bed for paperwork and the other as a desk. That was 23 years ago, and Sherraine has played a vital part in hotel operations ever since.
Currently, she helms two departments as the director of sales and the director of catering. Asked about her biggest achievement, she highlights the journey taken alongside Richard Bel and Ida Albo, witnessing firsthand how the pair’s hard work has paid off. The husband-and-wife duo renovated, improved services, created new programs and maintained high standards. As Sherraine says, “We did all the things people said we couldn’t do. Look at us now!” She is also proud of the hotel’s record of local outreach, which has involved hosting an array of non-profit events designed to give back to the community.”
Summing up her career to date, Sherraine seems reverent and sentimental about the place she’s spent nearly a quarter-century: “She’s a grand old lady, this hotel. She gets in your blood.”