Accolades for Chatham-Kent Resident at the Southern Ontario Tourism Awards

March 5th was a big night at the Southern Ontario Tourism Awards in Sarnia. Chatham-Kent’s own Shannon Prince was honoured with the prestigious Luminary of the Year Award.

The award recognizes an extraordinary individual whose remarkable contributions have illuminated the tourism industry with an unmatched dedication, unwavering passion, and relentless commitment. This prestigious accolade is given to someone who embodies the very essence of the tourism industry, radiating the spirit and brilliance that make this sector not just a profession but a vocation.

Shannon has been an invaluable member of the museum community for the past 25 years, having started her journey as the Curator of the Buxton Museum in January 1999, and has since become the longest Curator to serve at the museum. During her tenure, Shannon has been an essential part of the museum's growth and success, earning recognition from local and international communities alike. She has devoted herself not only to this museum but to many others around the area, sharing her knowledge and expertise in numerous ways.  She has conducted extensive research on family history, provided educational tours, and served as an educator, significantly impacting the lives of people in and around Chatham-Kent.

Shannon's accomplishments go beyond being a curator; she is a distinguished academic, having given talks on CNN and the United Shades of America. Her contributions to the field of Underground Railroad research have been remarkable, working with York University, the University of Toronto, the Underground Railroad Freedom Centre in Cincinnati, Millersville University, and several other historical organizations around the world. Her work has earned her an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Windsor, and along with her husband Bryan was recently awarded the Order of Canada, a testament to her outstanding achievements and contributions to the field.


The Innovation awards are issued annually through the Southwestern Ontario Tourism Corporation (SWOTC).




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