Released on December 14, 2015
Ashlyn George’s stint as the 2015 Saskatchewanderer—the most successful year yet— wraps up at the end of the week.
The 28 year-old, who plans on writing a book while pursuing a career in social and travel media, will continue to travel globally. Her plans include a trip to Antarctica—the only continent she hasn’t yet visited.
“I had a wonderful time touring my home province this past year,” George said. “Saskatchewan is an incredible location no matter what you’re searching for—terrific scenery, outdoor adventures, a fulfilling career, or a place to launch your business.”
George successfully showcased Saskatchewan as a great place to live, work and play, gaining more than 20,000 followers since January through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She flew with the Snowbirds, caught a monster northern pike at a fly-in fishing camp, spent a week with geologists in northern Saskatchewan and learned how drone technology helps Saskatchewan farmers bring in big yields.
Her videos were watched widely. A video profiling Solo Italia, a pasta supplier based in Ogema, received more than 24,000 views on Facebook. Another video highlighting the University of Saskatchewan’s Rayner Dairy Research Farm received more than 16,000 Facebook views.
“Ashlyn took the Saskatchewanderer program to another level and made a lasting impression wherever she travelled,” Minister responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan Jeremy Harrison said. “Operators consistently shared with Tourism Saskatchewan their appreciation of her knowledge, enthusiasm and genuine interest in the work that drives Saskatchewan’s tourism sector. She is a passionate and influential ambassador for Saskatchewan, and we wish her the very best in her adventures ahead.”
Applications for the 2016 Saskatchewanderer position closed Monday, November 9.
The partners—Tourism Saskatchewan and the Ministries of Economy, Agriculture and Parks, Culture and Sport—are currently choosing who will travel the province next year. CAA Saskatchewan is the Saskatchewanderer’s exclusive sponsor, providing a vehicle, CAA membership and gas vouchers. They have sponsored the project since it started in 2011.
“For the past five years, CAA has journeyed with the host of Saskatchewanderers, helping them keep safe during their travels with a valued CAA Saskatchewan membership,” CAA Saskatchewan President and CEO Fred Titanich said. “Ashlyn George, the 2015 Saskatchewanderer, has been an excellent ambassador for CAA Saskatchewan and we thank her for her time and dedication. CAA is pleased to continue our exclusive sponsorship of the Saskatchewanderer program that not only promotes the pleasures of living, working, and playing in Saskatchewan, but also profiles the variety of services and benefits of a CAA Saskatchewan membership.”
George will continue posting content throughout the week, including a wrap-up video highlighting some of her favourite experiences from the year.
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