All Aboard Initiative wins inaugural tourism award

The All Aboard Initiative beats out five other finalists to win the inaugural Cindy Amos Tourism Champion Award in the group category on Wed., April 20 at the Canadian Badlands Conference in Drumheller.    

Representing the All Aboard Leadership Team in the photo are, from left to right: Sandra Beaudoin, Hanna Roundhouse Society and All Aboard Leadership Team, Barry Morishita, President of Canadian Badlands, Trisha  Sewell, Cactus Corridor Economic Development and All Aboard Leadership Team, Sheila Taylor, Hanna Historical Society (Hanna Museum) and All Aboard Leadership Team and Ken Parker, Hanna/Parker Wedding and All Aboard Leadership Team.  ECA Review/Submitted


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The All Aboard Initiative beats out five other finalists to win the inaugural Cindy Amos Tourism Champion Award in the group category on Wed., April 20 at the Canadian Badlands Conference in Drumheller.
All Aboard is a grassroots initiative to theme Hanna as a Railtown that began in August 2013.

All Aboard is a nod to the railway history that the Town is named after, but relies on the community’s current strengths to move projects forward with a common vision.

As the theming has progressed, it has become clear that the aim is to celebrate all aspects of settlement in the area, including the pioneering spirit.

Cactus Corridor Economic Development and the Hanna Rural Alberta Business Centre (RABC) are financial supporters of All Aboard with the RABC being the founding organization of the initiative.

An outside consultant, Monica Knight from Shosholoza, was hired to be the connector and inspire opportunities in the community, but a local leadership group of six people has formed to move the initiative forward.

The focus of the All Aboard leadership team is to attract outside dollars to the community through tourism and demonstrate that Hanna is Worth the Drive!

All Aboard has focused on some key projects including the Hanna Roundhouse, Hanna Museum Ghost Walks, Hanna/Parker Wedding dinner theatre, Main Street rejuvenation and working regionally with other communities, including Youngstown and Dorothy, to theme their communities also.  Dorothy will become the Gateway to the Special Areas and focus on a ranching theme.  Youngstown is considering a Youngsterstown theme to attract youth.

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