2021 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award
– Call for Nominations –

The RVDA of Canada, in conjunction with Camping Canada’s RV Lifestyle Magazine and RV Lifestyle Dealer News, is inviting nominations from across Canada for the

2021 Walter Paseska Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award.

Established in 1989 by Camping Canada (RV Lifestyle) Magazine, and dedicated to Walter Paseska for his many years of commitment and tireless dedication to the RV industry, this award is given to a Canadian RV acting dealer principal on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Long-term dedication to the RV industry and promotion of the RV lifestyle by the acting dealer principal of a recognized full-service RV dealership;
  • Commitment and participation in the RVDA at the provincial or national level;
  • Recognition by customers and peers as a person with the highest integrity
    and credibility in both work and personal life; and
  • Contribution to the community.

If you know someone whom you feel deserves to be recognized with this award, please submit your nomination(s) to the RVDA of Canada national office. Please fill-out the linked Dealer Application Form.


Choosing a winner:

A maximum of three candidates per province/region will be considered for the award. The Award Selection Committee, composed of the past five Dealer of the Year Award recipients and one representative from the award’s sponsor, RV Lifestyle Magazine, chooses the winner(s) from the list of nominees by secret ballot.

Recognition of the winner: RV Lifestyle Magazine will present this year’s Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award at the 2021 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, RVDA of Canada Annual Meeting, in November 2021.

Ideally, winners would be onsite to receive their award – with the current pandemic situation, this is subject to change as the travel conditions evolve.

The winner(s) will be acknowledged in several ways: an etched glass award for the recipient(s); a profile story on the dealership in RV Lifestyle Dealer News magazine; presentation of a professionally-taken photograph of the recipient to the dealership; a paid announcement in their local paper(s); and creation of press releases and a press kit for the dealer to send to his / her local media, to national and regional media, and to manufacturers, along with instructions for use by the dealer.

Support Documentation Guidelines:

 Letter(s) of recommendation: Minimum of one letter outlining the nominee’s promotion of and contributions to the RV industry. Kindly include any participation in provincial/regional and / or national RVDAs; work on RV industry issues and any outstanding achievements;

b. Dealer / Company information:
How the dealer / company got started
How they’ve changed and grown
Number of employees
Dealer / company philosophy, mission statement
Highlights of the business:
Special flavour, character, layout; memorable events, customers
What the dealer likes about the business
Special features of the dealership, departments, training
Awards received
Future plans; what the dealer perhaps envision for the industry

c. RVDA and other RV industry work – provincially, nationally, other
Number of years as a member of the provincial and / or national RVDA – positions,
duration, special projects worked on
Other industry endeavours: government; local; Go RVing Canada; whatever applies

d. Community involvement, recognition and contributions:
Note the requirement for a letter of support (Part 2d of the nomination form).

e. Other / Personal Information
Family members
Family involvement in business
Favourite activities, hobbies / other interests

List of previous winners of the Dealer of the Year Award:

2020 Al Robinson, Great Canadian RV, Peterborough, Ontario
2019 Bruce Marsh, Cape Breton Trailer Sales, Bras D’Or, Nova Scotia
2018 Jim Gorrie / Kevin Betzold, GNR Camping World RV Centre, Winnipeg, MB
2017 Jason Bell, Chemo RV, 150 Mile House, BC
2016 George Goodrick, Adventure Sports, Dartmouth, NS
2015 Sam Parks, Camp-Out RV, Stratford, ON
2014 Gérard Dufresne, Caravanes de la Petite Nation, L’Ange-Gardien, QC
2013 Ian Moore, Big Boy’s Toys, Nanoose Bay, BC
2012 Garth Bromley, Transcona Trailer Sales, Winnipeg, MB
2011 Tom Ramsay, Meridian RV Mfg. Ltd., Port Coquitlam, BC
2010 Daniel Morin, Roulottes Desjardins, St-Jérôme, QC
2009 Dave Dobson, RV World, Waasis (Fredericton), NB
2008 Wayne Hambly, PEI Home & RV Centre, Charlottetown, PEI
2007 Marty Vellner, Vellner Leisure Products, Red Deer, AB
2006 Kim Stone, Stone’s RV & Home Center, New Glasgow, NS
2007 Robert Rémillard, Centre du Camping Rémillard, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
2008 Jack Bell, Chemo RV Sales & Service, Williams Lake, BC
2003 Shelly Shewchuk, Recreation World RV’s, Thunder Bay, ON
2002 Derek Dobson, Leisure Time RV Sales, Saint John, NB
2001 Woody Paylor, Woody’s RV World, Red Deer, AB
2000 Art Pike, Westgate RV Centre, Kelowna, BC
1999 Bill Redmond, Bucars RV Centre, Calgary, AB
1998 Ken Langevin, Walt’s Trailer Sales, Headingley, MB
1997 Don Sneyd, Ruston RV Centre, Burlington, ON
1996 Louis Gaudette, Roulottes RG Gagnon, L’Assomption, QC
1995 Don Main, Pik-A-Dilly Trailer Sales, Brandon, MB
1994 Eleanor Powers, Claynor RV World, Langley, BC &
Fred Benninger, Mobilife RV Centre, Kitchener, ON (tie)
1993 Gary Hodgins, RV City, Morinville, AB
1992 Gil Robert, GNR Camping World, Winnipeg, MB
1990 Doug Williams, Twin City Trailer Sales, Bedford, NS
1989 Doug Petrie, Niagara Trailer Sales, St. Davids, ON


Here is a link to the PDF form that you can print and send to the RVDA of Canada national office, care of Anita Lein – anital@rvda.ca



Anita Lien 

Director, Marketing & Communications

Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada

145 – 11331 Coppersmith Way

Richmond, BC     V7A 5J9

(Direct) 604.718.6306

(Main) 604. 718.6325

www.rvda.ca  @RVDAofCanada