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    NPC to announce new GM in ‘few weeks’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission plans to announce a new general manager in a “few weeks,” says chairwoman Janice Thomson.

    “We’re currently in the interview process. I believe we’re just a few weeks away from having our new GM announced. The start date will depend on variables,” she said.

    Current GM John Lohuis will retire, as of Aug. 31.

    Thomson said Lohuis is currently taking some vacation time.

    David Adames, the commission’s senior director of business development, has been appointed acting GM.

    Thomson said the commission is working through a search agency, which has presented them with “some candidates that we’re currently interviewing.

    GM of Niagara Parks Commission set to retire

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission will soon be on the hunt for a new general manager.

    That’s because John Lohuis has announced he will retire and depart the organization, as of Aug. 31.

    He has been the commission’s GM for the last four years.

    According to an NPC press release, an executive search for a new GM will begin shortly.

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    Strong turnout to NPC job fair

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    About 50 people were waiting outside before the Niagara Parks Commission opened the doors to its second annual job fair on Saturday morning.

    About 450 attended last year’s seasonal opportunity, and judging by the early turnout on Saturday, the NPC expects to top that number this year.

    General Manager John Lohuis said young people are attracted to the NPC because of the “diversity and the business lines that we have, whether it be retail, culinary, attractions, visitor-service people who actually work with customers and visitors.

    “Even on the buses we have people who tell the story of Niagara Parks and become ambassadors to Niagara.”

    CLOSEUP: Shining the lights on Niagara

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It could be the unseasonably mild temperatures or it could be the added attractions.

    Whatever the reason, organizers are pleased that residents and visitors alike are embracing the 33rd annual Ontario Power Generation WInter Festival of Lights.

    “People are noticing quite a difference this year in terms of the quality and the consistency of displays throughout the destination,” said John Lohuis, general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission and chairman of the festival’s board of directors.

    Visitation is up between 30 and 40 per cent compared to last year at this time.

    Lasers, 3D projections and more on tap for OPG Winter Festival of Lights

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    From Niagara This Week:

    While the 32nd annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights last year was regarded as a transitional year for the event, this year’s promises to build on that and establish a more modern festival.

    Lasers, 3D illuminations and projection lighting are the new signatures, including a new “Spirit of Niagara” presentation that will be illuminated on the walls of the Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls.

    “Hopefully we’ll create a body of work where the province sees us as a winter destination,” said John Lohuis, general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission and chair of WFOL’s board of directors.

    Incline railway idled to spring

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A watermain break last month has left the Niagara Parks Commission’s incline railway out of commission until spring.

    The 48-year-old attraction, which ferries riders up and down between the Table Rock and Fallsview tourist districts, underwent a $7-million renovation in 2013 and NPC general manager John Lohuis, said that without the improvements, the damage could have been worse.

    “In many ways, the hardening on the side of the embankment prevented further damage.”

    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.”

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