News — 20 July 2010
When Kailey Divers came across the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town Contest, she saw perfect match for Dryden.
In the past week, communities across the North of Ontario are brimming with pride over what they have to offer in the hopes of hooking a $25,000 donation towards fishing-related initiatives in their community. In this national contest, four of the top-five leading communities hail from Northwestern Ontario.
“It just seemed like such a good idea for Dryden,” said Divers. “We definitely could use it to promote the town for tourism, that’s for sure.”
While she’s not quite sure of the best way to spend a $25,000 prize, she thinks local tourism marketing could benefit from a boost.
In addition to $25,000, World Fishing Network will also film a half-hour program to showcase the winning community — something Divers says is invaluable exposure in the tourism market.
“If people could just see what we do, I think that would be a great thing for Dryden because it is so beautiful here.” said Divers. “ We have so much more to offer with all the different lakes in the area. We need to bring tourism back, and not just the American tourism, but the Canadians as well — we’re right on the highway.”
But making Dryden WFN’s Ultimate Fishing Town will take a lot of spirit and passion from community members. Entries compete by supporting nominations and Divers encourages everyone in Dryden to nominate the community and upload pictures and video at http://www.wfn.tv/ultimate-fishing-town/Ontario-Dryden.
At press time, Dryden was in fourth position with seven nominations, behind Sioux Lookout, Port Rowan Ontario and Thunder Bay.
“The only way to win is by nominating — people have to go on the website and vote for Dryden. The more people we have voting the better. Even if we don’t win, I think this is something we can be proud of.”
Don’t forget to log on to http://wfn.tv/ to check out the contest and support your community in its efforts to become WFN’s Ultimate Fishing Town.

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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