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It would be new ACTA president Wendy Paradis’s first Manitoba golf tournament so the organizers decided to welcome her with a good old fashioned western hoedown.

Paridis played along completely wearing a Stetson and appropriate attire, welcoming the players as they arrived at the registration desk.

As the new sheriff in town her presence may have had a decided impact on the weather forecaster who threatened rain and thunder showers. Dark clouds would gather in the near distance and pass by only scarce kilometres away, but over the Rossmere golf track the heat was on, and the lighter cloud cover often parted to make way for blue sky and the shining light of the sun.

After golf portion of the event, about 70 members and guests enjoyed a country style BBQ buffet, while Wendy set out some of the plans she was envision for the organization as she takes hold of the reins.

She reiterated the 4 pillars of her ACTA mandate, from advocacy to education, promoting the value of working with travel agencies, and the bringing together of the travel agent community with key partners.

In a separate discussion Paradis outlined her current planning strategy, which will form the foundation of a more comprehensive platform and structure she will announce by late August or September.

She has been travelling across the country gaining input from the various regions. She says she is on a ‘listening tour’, and is approaching each situation with an open mind, without being necessarily caught up with what always was, but thinking more about what the organization needs to become.

She is fully committed to ensuring that ACTA is “speaking with a strong clear voice for the travel agency community and the traveller in what is best for the industry,” she added.

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At the 8 Minute mark Wendy Paradis talks about her role as the new ACTA National President.