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    Meet the new boss

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    From Niagara This Week:

    John Lohuis is a busy man.

    He had to push back a scheduled interview for this story to accommodate an early morning meeting. When he was done, he was off to another. Such is the life of the Niagara Parks Commission’s new general manager.

    The former Director of Parks and Recreation took over from Fay Booker, who resigned from the position last February.

    For Lohuis, who began his NPC duties on August 1, his new duties don’t present much of a change from his Mississauga job.

    “I had two golf courses, two marinas and 5,000 acres of parks to look after,” Lohuis said. “So this isn’t much different.”

    Parks official resigns post in Canada

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Fay Booker, general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission, has resigned from the Canadian park agency.

    The reasons for Booker’s resignation are unclear, though a source familiar with the situation said tensions between the agency and the Niagara Falls, Ont., city government likely played a role.

    Before her hiring as general manager last summer, Booker served as chairwoman for the commission, which has garnered increased attention in recent months because of its decision to allow stuntman Nik Wallenda to walk on a tightrope above the falls and awarding a 30-year contract allowing Hornblower Cruises to run boat tours around the falls.

    “We will build on the foundation Ms. Booker helped to establish and continue moving in a new strategic direction to ensure a strong, sustainable future for the Niagara Parks Commission,” interim Parks Commission Chairwoman Janice Thomson said in a statement.

    Booker resigns from Niagara Parks

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    From Niagara This Week:

    After less than one year on the job, Fay Booker is out as general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission.

    Sources told Bullet News that the decision was made Tuesday and senior staff members at the Parks Commission were informed this morning. Later Wednesday, a news release from Niagara Parks stated that Booker resigned effective March but that she is taking time.

    Effective immediately, the commission’s internal auditor, Gershom Moyo, will assume her responsibilities to ensure operational continuity, the release stated.

    Wallenda meets with Canadians, NPC slams wirewalk as ‘not appropriate’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review (includes article, video, and pictures):

    After his first meeting with officials on the Canadian side of the Niagara River on Thursday, Nik Wallenda was careful to walk a fine line of cautious optimism despite the fact the Niagara Parks Commission outright opposes his idea to cross the Horseshoe Falls on a wire.

    “I’m very positive no matter what,” Wallenda said after meeting with NPC general manager Fay Booker. “My great-grandfather (Karl Wallenda) told us to never give up and I would never give up.”

    Wallenda was in Niagara Falls, Ont., to sell his bid to local officials who will decide whether or not to allow him to cross the Horseshoe Falls on a steel wire next year.

    This is the same article as the Tonawanda News article I linked to earlier today. However, the video and pictures are unique to the Niagara Falls Review.

    New GM for NPC

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    From Niagara This Week:

    After a short game of musical chairs at the Niagara Parks Commission, Fay Booker has begun her duties as the general manager.

    While holding the position of chair of the NPC, Booker put her name forward for the staff position after the departure of former GM John Kernahan. For her, it was a chance to see the NPC’s vision, that she worked so hard to develop, become a reality.

    “Over the course of the past year, I really got attached to the vision and wanted to see it come through to fruition,” she said. “I’ve really grown to love the Niagara Parks Commission.”

    Booker, who operates a consultanting firm in Burlington, Ont. said she’s in the process of closing up shop there as she takes on full-time duties at the NPC.

    Falls Parks: Canada Thrives, U.S. Struggles

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    From WNED-AM 970 NEWS:

    On one side of Niagara Falls, state parks need $85 million in repairs while on the Ontario side millions of dollars are going into renovation of Old Fort Erie and the Laura Secord House.

    WNED’s Mike Desmond talked with the Chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, Fay Booker, about the difference.

    This year, the commission will spend around $100 million (Canadian) on its capital and operating budgets, serving millions of visitors from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    The Ontario agency is set up to pay for itself by raising money and keeping it.

    Booker chosen as new NPC general manager

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After more than a year as chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, Fay Booker has a new job.

    The Burlington accountant and management consultant has been selected by the commission’s search committee as Niagara Parks’ new general manager.

    The announcement was made official Thursday.

    She fills the vacancy left by long-serving GM John Kernahan, who retired at the end of last year. A search was launched in April to find his replacement.

    Janice Thomson, former vice-chairwoman of the Niagara Parks board, has assumed the role of interim chairwoman.

    Booker said she is honoured and proud to be the new GM of a “fabulous” and “tremendous” organization.

    “I want to have a positive impact. I want to be more involved from an operational level,” she told The Niagara Falls Review Thursday afternoon.

    Ontario tourism minister didn’t force people-mover deal on Parks Commission: Niagara Falls MPP

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    A pending deal between the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Parks Commission to create a new people-mover bus system to service the millions of visitors to the Honeymoon Capital each year was no shotgun wedding.

    While Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor acknowledges he and Ontario Tourism Minister Michael Chan were asked to help resolve an impasse in negotiations between the parties in recent weeks, the minister did not force a deal on the provincial agency, whose chairwoman Fay Booker continues to raise concerns about the impact the new system could have on Niagara Parks’ revenue stream.

    “No – I don’t think that’s true,” said Craitor, when asked if the ministry put pressure on Booker and the commission to get the deal done.

    Go RVing Canada kicked off the RV vacation season with a splash

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    From the RV D@ily Report:

    Go RVing Canada kicked off the RV vacation season at an exclusive press conference event hosted at The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), in Niagara Falls, an all-time favorite RV camping destination for Canadians.

    Go RVing Canada highlighted the increase in summer bookings in Ontario campgrounds, indicating that RV owners will be enjoying more vacation time within Canada this year. Go RVing Canada also emphasized the success of the Canadian RV industry, with RV shows & sales seeing impressive increases in attendance and sales figures across the board…

    “Ontario Niagara Parks is about preserving a rich heritage, conserving natural wonders and inspiring people worldwide!” stated NPC Chair Fay Booker. “A great way to explore all that Ontario and Niagara Parks has to offer is by travelling in an RV. I want to thank Go RVing Canada for launching the season here in Niagara Parks, with the spectacular natural wonder of the Falls as our backdrop. I also want to thank them for their continued support in promoting tourism throughout Canada,” added Booker. “I invite everyone to come and be inspired by Niagara Parks this summer.”

    Booker takes NPC to heart: Niagara Parks chairwoman marks first year on the job

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    On a sunny Saturday in March, Fay Booker surrounded herself with the next generation of plant experts – graduating students from the Niagara Parks Commission’s horticultural school. Their graduation ceremony recognized eight students in a specialized program whose labour keeps the Botanical Gardens attraction in shape.

    “The Niagara Parks has an ability to get into your heart very quickly,” she told the budding horticulturists. Her speech was peppered with “we” and “our” as she talked about her vision of employees and commissioners working together as stewards of the natural parklands and historic sites the provincial agency is responsible for.

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