Share Your BC Farmer’s Market Photos For A Chance To Win!

Freshly-baked bread, an endless assortment of artisanal cheeses, and baskets overflowing with rainbows of fresh fruits and veggies. Food doesn’t get much fresher than the selections available at a local farmer’s market. Strolling from table to table, tasting fresh ingredients, filling your shopping basket with farm-grown foods, and taking home a trinket made by a local artist is a great way to pass the time on a summer afternoon.

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But shopping fresh, locally-grown ingredients isn’t just a fun weekend pastime, it supports our local economy, and that’s more important than many may realize.

“Supporting BC farmers and sustaining our local food supply means ensuring we have land to farm and fresh food to eat. It’s a way to nurture the places we live and visit.” – BCAFM

The BC Association of Farmer’s Markets (BCAFM) is on a mission to support local food suppliers and raise awareness for the importance of supporting local businesses, and in doing so, they’ve launched a fun summer photo campaign!

From now until August 18, 2017, share a photo you’ve snapped at one of the 145+ local farmer’s markets in and around the province, tag the location, and use the hash tag #BCFarmersMarketRoadTrip for a chance to win a $50 shopping spree at a BC farmer’s market. Each week, a winner will be selected, and they can shop the goods at their favourite farmer’s market – on the BCAFM!

For more on how to enter, check out their contest page, visit the BCAFM website, or click on the image below.


Win the Staples Superpower School contest!

Ten environmentally conscious schools across the country will each earn $25,000 worth of new technology from Staples Canada as part of the retailer’s Superpower your School Contest. Schools are invited to enter the contest at and share their eco initiatives for a chance to win. The Superpower your School Contest starts December 1, 2016 and runs until January 31, 2017.

“From growing their own food to banning plastic water bottles and even making their own organic lip balm, students and teachers across the country are innovating to make a difference on our environment,” said Mary Sagat, president of Staples Canada. “We call these students and teachers ‘ecovators’ and what better way to reward them than with access to the latest tech to enhance their education programs.”

The contest, previously known as the Staples Canada Recycle for Education Computer Lab Contest, is now in its seventh year and has awarded 70 environmentally conscious schools the latest technology to empower students to learn and nurture their passion for the environment.

To help schools prepare their entries, Staples has assembled a series of resources, including:
· Excerpts from the 2016 winning school entries
· A step-by-step entry guide
· A set of frequently asked questions

The contest is held in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, a national charity that works directly with thousands of schools to provide environmental resources and support. “We’re thrilled to be working again with Staples Canada to inspire innovative approaches to stewardship and reward the creative initiatives taking place in schools across Canada,” said Deb Doncaster, president of Earth Day Canada. “We’re eager to help ensure the contest reaches as many schools as possible, and provide support throughout the judging process.”

Staples Helps Schools Make a Difference
Staples is committed to helping schools make a difference by offering several easy recycling programs:
· Canada School Recycling Program: Every year 300 million ink cartridges end up in North American landfills. Staples Canada encourages schools across the country to participate in this program by signing up to receive a free ink cartridge collection bin. For details and to register for a free ink bin visit
· Battery Recycling: Staples Canada partners with Call2Recycle to offer a used battery (rechargeable and single use) recycling program in all Staples stores. Schools are invited to collect batteries, hold collection events and encourage all students to bring in used household batteries to reduce the amount of electronic waste in landfills. Drop off the batteries collected at any Staples store.
· Writing Instruments: Staples stores nationwide have partnered with TerraCycle® to collect and recycle used writing instruments. Schools are encouraged to bring in used writing instruments to any Staples store and help provide a second life to these writing instruments by turning them into upcycled and recycled products such as park benches, waste bins and more.
· Electronics Recycling: In an effort to divert eight-million pounds of electronic waste from landfill sites annually, Staples has partnered with eCycle Solutions to offer an electronics drop-off program. Recyclable items accepted include PDAs, cell phones, computers, computer parts and more. To view a complete list of collection sites and accepted recyclable hardware, visit 


Tell Your Neighbourhood Story

Surrey residents can enter to win great prizes this summer by sharing photos of their neighbourhood social activities! Share your ‘hood love from Aug 1 – Sept 17 while the City of Surrey is sponsoring a photo contest in celebration of its inaugural Neighbour Day.
To enter the contest, residents must organize a neighbourhood activity and share a photo of it on the City’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts. Add #SurreyNeighbourDay to the photo and be automatically entered to win a weekly $20 coffee card prize, and at the same time, be entered to win the $500 Grand Prize Home Depot gift certificate. Who couldn’t use a little home improvement?

Weekly $20 coffee cards will be drawn Fridays, Aug 5 – Sept 16, from the week’s valid entries. One grand prize winner will be drawn on Monday September 19, 2016 from all valid entries. So plan some friendly fun and get snapping!

Plan a tea or a block party, a sports day, tree planting, or street clean up. As long as it is with neighbours, it qualifies. For ideas, supplies, or to apply for a ‘Celebration & Activity Grant’, visit

Neighbour Day is a celebration of community, bringing together the people next door, across the street or down the road. Its purpose is to build better relationships with the people who live around us because ultimately a connected community is a happy community. Surrey’s first annual Neighbour Day will be officially celebrated on September 17, 2016.
Visit to learn more!

Opus Kids’ Art Exhibition for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

Do you have a child who is 16 or younger? Do they love art? Then give them a chance to have their work shown at their local Opus store as part of the 3rd Annual Opus Kids’ Art Exhibition that runs the entire month of July. Artists buy an art board for as little as a one dollar donation and then paint, draw, scribble…whatever they please!

Art is an excellent way to encourage creativity in your children, and in this case, to teach them the value of helping others. All funds donated from the art exhibition will be donated to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation arts program, allowing the purchase of art supplies for children suffering with illness.

Kids will have as much fun as parents and it’s a chance to show their best work in a real artist venue.

Be sure to check out this video about some of the kids testing the art waters and get your art to Opus by 31 July for a chance to win great prizes! Or, bring your child to the exhibition between August 1-9 and vote for your favourite piece of art to give that artist a chance to win an Opus gift card!