Miramichi River Tourism Association

The Miramichi River Tourism Association held their Annual General Meeting on March 13/09 at the Miramichi Country Music Opry in Red Bank.

A few of us at Mighty Miramichi attended and had a great time enjoying the presentations, entertainment, meal and catching up with old friends.

The guest speaker was Helga Loverseed, a world re-known journalist who lives in Quebec, and displays her Scottish heritage through her quaint accent. Helga was very positive and uplifting as she spoke about the uniqueness of Miramichi and how very proud we are, and should be, of our region. Rick Hayward from School District #16 gave a presentation on a portable SMART board, demonstrating the innovative and technological initiatives by students and the opportunities they present to tourism. Currently there are 7 SMART boards located at tourism operations throughout the region which will be used to further engage tourists this summer.

After the business of the meeting, Billy Mullin and the band kept us all entertained – because that’s what Billy does best! – and called on the crowd to join in and play or sing. Helga fit right in as she donned a cowboy hat and jumped on the stage to play the spoons and sing several songs including my favourite, “Hey Good Lookin'”. I think everyone there would agree that she should be made an honourary Miramichier!

Wade Hallihan of Blackville who works with Tourism & Parks surprised the crowd with his singing ability as he captured us with Desperado and had our feet tapping to Bud the Spud. I’m sure there must be a video of that around here that I can post…

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