Contest Winners

Travel Agent Next Door Announces Essential Worker Contest Winners

Over the summer, The Travel Agent Next Door launched a contest that invited the public to nominate an essential worker who went “above and beyond” during the COVID-19 crisis. The contest awarded two trips, one to a frontline worker and the other to a first responder.

The prize included roundtrip economy airfare on WestJet for two adults, to any destination WestJet offers, and 7-night accommodations at any all-inclusive Palace Resort.

“We are extremely grateful to WestJet and Palace Resorts for donating to this worthy cause,” said TTAND CEO Flemming Friisdahl.

“I wanted to do something to show our appreciation for all of these workers -- for their dedication, skills and abilities which have been very much appreciated during these troubling times, in order to keep our Canadian families safe."

Over the 7-week period, the contest received almost 800 nominations. A committee of 60 TTAND agents reviewed the entries and narrowed the nominations down to eight. Then, all 900 of TTAND’s travel agent partners voted to pick the final two winners.

The winners are: 

First Responder Winner: Carli Summers
Occupation: Nurse
Organization: Niagara Health
Nomination Story of why he/she deserves a break: I would like to nominate my girlfriend. She works in the COVID hot zone of our local ICU. She has picked up multiple overtime shifts to help when needed. She has donated blood on her break at work! Like what?! She has sewn over 400 scrubs caps for nurses and doctors to keep them protected. She has made sure her patients get to video chat their loved ones, even using her own cell phone so they can stay and feel connected and loved. She is so, so, so deserving, there is no better choice.

Carli Summers, Nurse, Niagara Health

Front Line Worker Winner: Alan Hardwick
Occupation: Transportation
Organization: MidLand Transport
Nomination Story of why he/she deserves a break: Alan transports French fries and mussels to New York, returns with auto parts and sometimes juice. He ensures both USA and Canada have supplies. He crosses violent demonstration lines and isolates himself on return to PEI. He has to limit his contact with his family. He is a single Dad of 5. He lives a lonely life in his attempt to ensure we all have some of the necessities of our life. His truck is his home. He is cheerful but careful in his encounters to ensure best practice for COVID.

Alan Hardwick, Transportation, MidLand Transport

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