FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – To say Paul van Nostrand was shocked at the news that he was a finalist for the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award was an understatement.
The annual CSTA Prestige Awards has recognized sport tourism events, organizations, volunteers and leaders from across Canada since 2007.
van Nostrand who is one of three nominees from across Canada based on the work he completed at the 2017 World U-17 Hockey Challenge didn’t know he was nominated until late Wednesday morning, mid-interview.
“I had no idea,” said the first time nominee van Nostrand. “I don’t know who is responsible for the nomination, but I am extremely surprised and honoured to be nominated for such an award.”
van Nostrand had to give credit to where credit is due, the hundreds of other volunteers that helped make this possible.
“I know it sounds cliche but I had a lot of help,” added van Nostrand. “When people get awards like this it’s because of the number of volunteers, because of their work, desire and enthusiasm. That’s what makes our community stand head and shoulders above others and subsequently, people in my position get nominated.”
The winner will be chosen from each of the seven categories based on contributions to the sport tourism industry who have demonstrated leadership, creativity and dynamic energy.
The winners will be announced on March 8th in Halifax, Nova Scotia.