When you’re proud of your town and want to share its many treasures, why not host a fun contest encouraging other people to share your passion? That’s what Rosanne Day thought when she encountered someone who didn’t really know how much was truly available in Sooke’s very own town core.
Her first stop with the idea was the town’s mayor, Maja Tait.
“The Mayor said she was IN so fast and with such enthusiasm, it instantly became her contest,” said Day. “The Mayor suggested I contact the Chamber and they jumped right in to support the contest too!”
From there the contest took on a life of its own. Prizes have been gathered. People have stepped up to offer their skills. And, as proposed by the mayor, it was dubbed “ChooseSooke”
The ChooseSooke contest is an online opportunity to participate in exposing Sooke businesses in the month of November in a fun and rewarding way.
“This contest is designed to get people exploring the different businesses that Sooke has to offer,” explained Day. “The prizes are a fun bonus, but the real reward is in choosing Sooke and proudly sharing your findings.”
Entering the contest is easy.
- Between November 1 and 30, 2019, take a selfie of yourself in a local business.
- Post that selfie on Facebook, at https://facebook.com/choosesooke
- Rinse and repeat. With every submission, you’ll be entered into a draw. The more you enter, the more chances you have to win.
- Winners will be announced on the Choose Sooke Facebook page on December 2.
- Winners can pick up their prizes at the Sooke Region Chamber during regular office hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9 am and 1 pm)
So, Sooke residents and beyond, go ahead and take that selfie next time your enjoying a java in Sooke, or getting those skates sharpened, or discount-diving at the local second-hand shops. Challenge your friends in a selfie showdown. If you’re a business owner, get your patrons to participate.
Prizes will be displayed throughout the month and posted on the Facebook contest page. Winners will be announced in early December.
If you are a local business and wish to contribute a prize, please contact Rosanne day at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor’s transcript: When a local resident steps up with a great idea and a sound plan of action, I’ll do what I can to support it! When Rosanne approached me and asked if I would support a contest that promoted Sooke businesses, I agreed in a heartbeat. I’ve long promoted the phrase “Choose Sooke” and use it whenever the opportunity presents itself. Now, that’s also the hashtag for the contest. For the month of November, when you’re shopping in Sooke, I invite you to enter the contest by taking a selfie and posting it to Facebook.com/choosesooke. The more you enter, the more chances you have to win. But the real prize will be whatever discoveries you make when it comes to seeing all that Sooke really has to offer. So, I encourage you for the month of November and beyond, Choose Sooke!
Chamber’s transcript: Hello, I am Britt Santowski, President of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce. Although the chamber and the Mayor of Sooke are very serious about promoting Sooke Businesses every once in a while we like to have a little fun. This Choose Sooke contest is open to anyone who comes to Sooke and takes a selfie with ANY Sooke Business..between November 1st and 30th, 2019. Any selfies posted to the Choose Sooke Facebook page before midnight on November 30th will be in the draw. You can enter for every different business that you visit The more you enter the more chances you have to win. Winners will be announced on the Choose Sooke Facebook page on December 2 and when you win a prize you can pick it up at the Sooke Region Chamber during regular hours Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9 am and 1 pm. Sooke is a great place to do business go have fun!