Greater Victoria Honours Two Members


Two outstanding individuals were honoured by Destination Greater Victoria for their significant contributions to the Greater Victoria visitor economy.

Charlayne Thornton-Joe received the Miracle Award and Geoff Dickson received the Life Member Award.

“This year’s award recipients embody the spirit of excellence and dedication in shaping Greater Victoria’s tourism landscape,” said Paul Nursey, CEO of Destination Greater Victoria. “Their visionary leadership has significantly contributed to our community’s growth and success. Congratulations to Charlayne and Geoff for their achievements.”

Thornton-Joe is a third-generation Victorian who has spent her career serving others, whether it’s customers in the hospitality industry, or the Greater Victoria community. She held roles at Laurel Point Inn, Oak Bay Marina and Dunsmuir Lodge and then served on Victoria City Council for 20 years, starting in 2002. Through her work, Thornton-Joe has brought Chinatown and the tourism industry closer together.

A tireless volunteer, Thornton-Joe has served on several boards including Victoria Women’s Transition House, the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, and the Victoria Chinatown Lioness Lions Club, serving four terms as president.

Dickson served as president and chief executive officer of Victoria International Airport from January 2011 until his retirement in October 2023. During his tenure, YYJ was one of the fastest growing airports in the country and received international recognition for service quality, environmental stewardship, and financial management.

Dickson is a past member of Destination Greater Victoria’s board of directors and advisory committees, and the Canadian Airports Council Policy board. He currently serves as DGV’s representative on the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority board of directors.


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