Thunder Bay Retailer Inducted into Canadian Retail Hall of Fame


THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - June 21, 2012 - The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) honoured eight independent Diane Petrynaretailers as the 2012 inductees into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame including Diane Petryna of Take A Hike in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Typically this award is presented to an executive who has demonstrated leadership in advancing and promoting retail and retail as a career in Canada. However, this year RCC recognized a group of leaders who exemplify the spirit of this special award.

In a release carried by the Canadian News Wire service, Diane J. Brisebois, RCC President and CEO said, "On behalf of the retail industry we are proud to honour this outstanding group of retailers for their vision and commitment to entrepreneurship. As members of RCC's Independent Retailer Task Force, this group enabled us to chart a course that - at its core - focused on providing community involvement, leadership development and lifelong learning opportunities for independent retailers and their employees across Canada."

The 2012 Canadian Retail Hall of Fame inductees are:

  • Sandra Avery, Owner/Manager, A Special Touch Inc., St. John's, NL.
  • Bob Ianson, Co-Owner, Heirloom Linens, Victoria, BC.
  • Misti Mussato, Co-Owner, Toy Jungle Enterprises Inc., Vancouver, BC.
  • Diane Petryna, President, Take A Hike, Thunder Bay, ON.
  • Ron Pradinuk, President, Journeys Travel & Leisure SuperCentre, Winnipeg, MB.
  • Fred Pritchard, Vice-President, Golda's Kitchen Inc., Mississauga, ON.
  • Paul Simmonds, President, Robert Simmonds Inc., Fredericton, NB.
  • Betsy Thomas, Owner, Boutique Bummis, Montréal, QC.

The 2012 inductees join a notable list of past recipients including John Stanton, Running Room Canada Inc. (2011); Paul Straus, Home Hardware Stores Ltd. (2010); Fred Singer, Henry Singer Fashion Group (2009); Stephen Bebis, Golf Town (2008).

Petryna, who has been a member of the RCC's Independent Retailer Task Force since its inception said, "The induction was a complete surprise and although the retail industry is personally honouring us in this way, by doing so it's also making the important statement that independent retailers contribute enormously to local communities and the country as a whole. I'm very proud to be part of this exciting and multi-faceted industry."

About Retail Council of Canada
Retail Council of Canada, founded in 1963, is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association representing more than 45,000 store fronts of all retail formats across Canada, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, and independent stores, and online merchants. RCC is the Voice of Retail in Canada. It speaks for an industry that touches the daily lives of Canadians in every corner of the country - by providing jobs, career opportunities, and by investing in communities.

About Take A Hike

Take A Hike, founded in 1996, is an independently owned and operated outdoor lifestyle store in Thunder Bay which TakeAHikeoffers shoppers a unique collection of quality gifts, toys, clothing, footwear and gear and outstanding customer experiences.  In May, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce presented Take A Hike the 2012 Business Excellence Award for medium sized firms.

As owner of Take A Hike, Diane Petryna is an active community and business leader.  She is a member of the Retail Council of Canada's Independent Retailer Advisory Committee and is often cited in industry journals about best retail management practices.

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