Thank you for nominating your HEROES.
Here are our three WINNING HEROES!
Daria Salerno, nurse practitioner.
She choose to stay at The Edward B&B
Tracy Whelan, public transit operator.
She choose to stay at The Wilfrid boutique farmhouse
Courtney Fischer, perfusionist.
She choose to stay at Compass Rose Suites
Katherine Mather, nominated her friend Dan Suke, a fire fighter.
She choose to stay at Runaway Rooster B&B
These stories are a spotlight on Ontario's essential service workers – their selfless commitment, courage, and heroic efforts.
Daria Salerno's story as told by her husband David Salerno
Daria is a nurse practitioner. She’s my wife, and she’s my hero.
“Daria is my hero because she is such a kind, caring professional health provider. When COVID-19 first became an issue in Ontario, Daria quickly volunteered to join the COVID-19 assessment clinic at Sunnybrook Hospital. For many months now she has been working hard providing the best level of care to people who come to her clinic concerned that they may have been infected with the virus. We were looking forward to having a honeymoon this summer (we got married in December), but because of the pandemic we haven't been able to plan a vacation. We both really enjoy the County -- it has been a big part of a few milestones in our relationship.”
Tracy Whelan's story as told by her wife Beth Philips
My wife Tracy is a public transit operator and she’s my hero.
“Tracy is a dedicated, caring Light Rail Transit (LRT) operator. Like so many frontline workers, she, and other transit workers, have continued to work during the pandemic. During March and April, as things were first locked down, Tracy noticed there were people trying to stay on her train past the end of the line and back. She quickly realized that, in the early part of the pandemic, most day programs in shelters and soup kitchens in our community were shut down. Her job temporarily changed from simply getting people to work or school to that of keeping people safe and warm. Given that, Tracy would remind riders to keep their distance from others and stay in their seats instead of asking that they leave the vehicle. While it was a practice not officially requested by the city or her company, this was clearly the right thing to do, even though it put her and other drivers at risk. Tracy is my wife and best friend. Throughout the pandemic, I have rarely heard acknowledgement about the ongoing frontline commitment of transit workers, let alone noting them as heroes who are keeping our communities going. Tracy is definitely my hero.”
Courtney Fischer's story as told by her friend Jean-Luc Plante
Courtney is a perfusionist – the clinical technician who operates a heart-lung machine. She is the hero of many COVID-19 patients. And she is my hero
“Courtney is responsible for keeping the sickest COVID-19 patients alive and helped bring back those from the brink back to life thanks to her role as a perfusionist at the Toronto General Hospital. Her team has previously made the news. Courtney has been working countless hours ever since the pandemic hit and has literally saved countless lives. She is more than deserving of a break in Prince Edward County.”
And from Katherine Mather, our Nominator Winner,
who relayed the story of Dan Suke
"Dan is a fire fighter. His fiancé Emerald is a paramedic. Both work long shifts, with their number one job focus being being safety and patient care. They either risk their life running into a burning building to save others’ lives, or treat every patient with the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus themselves, as they never know what people have when they go out on a call. Fire fighters and paramedics ask the community to stay home for them as they keep going to work for us. This nomination is my way of saying THANK YOU to Dan and Emerald for their bravery every day ... for every call they respond to … for every life they save.”
Getaway in The County
Courtesy of the Bed & Breakfasts of Prince Edward County and our partners.
Prince Edward County is an island paradise situated on the northeast shores of Lake Ontario. We’re renowned for our natural beauty, rural charm, food-to-table movement, flourishing wineries, craft breweries and cideries, art trail, and proud Loyalist heritage.
Here’s what the winning HERO getaway includes
An all-expenses-paid, two-night-stay for two in Prince Edward County.
Choice of an amazing, one-of-a-kind bed & breakfast.
Two gourmet dinners and one lunch at PEC’s finest restaurants.
Exclusive, private, VIP winery tour and tasting.
An incredibly generous array of thank you gifts featuring the best of The County, including locally produced wine, beer and cider, a selection of artisanal gourmet goodies, and many other beautiful, made-in-PEC products.
A $200 voucher to help cover travel expenses to and from PEC.
Welcome to our home.
The Bed & Breakfasts of Prince Edward County offer some of the most unique, elegant and diverse accommodations anywhere.
From stunning, in-town homes to waterfront beauties to rural, get-away-from-it-all gems, we offer our guests the absolute best of everything. Artfully decorated rooms, gourmet breakfasts featuring the freshest, local ingredients, tried and trusted recommendations of where to eat, drink, shop and play, and of course, the most gracious, welcoming hosts!
You simply can't go wrong with your choice!
The Acres at High Shore | Ard Macha B&B | AWAY in the County B&B | Bailey’s Run B&B | Benjamin Gillespie House B&B | Compass Rose Suites | Edgewater B&B | The Empty Nest B&B | The Edward B&B | Hayes Inn | Loyalist Landing B&B | Nap n Nosh B&B | Runaway Rooster B&B | Traditions B&B | Wellington Willows Boutique B&B | The Wilfrid boutique farmhouse