My Green is Showing

Owen caught a cold and missed school last Friday.  I tried my best not to catch it, but Monday morning I woke up feeling terrible.  I didn’t have any colds in the fall 2013/winter 2014 cold season so perhaps I am a little more susceptible this year.  That seems to be how it goes for me – a good year followed by a bad year.  I felt miserable until this morning.  I did have a nice surprise on Monday morning, though.

The Region of Peel is running a contest called Let Your Green Show.  From their website: “Let Your Green Show is back and, this summer, we are asking you to give your car a break. Use your car less by walking, carpooling, taking a bus, or riding a bike. Each month from June to September residents are invited to submit a selfie showing a green action.”  Each month three winners are chosen:  one each from Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.

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I have made submissions every month.  In total, over the four months of the contest, only 107 actions were submitted.  I think I submitted seven which gave me a pretty good change of winning.  In July, I won: the “Experience Nature Package” which, according to the email I received, “includes a treetop trekking experience for 2 at Heartlake Conservation Area and a guided tour at Island Lake Conservation Area for you and up to 5 guests . The approximate retail value of this package is $250 CAD”.

My sister, nephews, Trystan, Owen and I went treetop trekking last Saturday.  It was good business to give away those tickets.  I purchased four tickets for $230 to use with the two tickets I won.

In September I submitted three images for the theme “Make Your Commute Green”.

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There were only seven submitted in total.  I figured it was pretty likely that I would win and win I did.  The picture that won was the last one at the Tour de Mississauga. On Monday morning I received an email stating, “Congratulations! You are the winner from Brampton of our “Give Your Car a break! Make Your Commute Green” contest that ran from September 2, 2014 to September 26, 2014. As the winner of this contest, you will receive the “Commuting Companion Package” which includes a CAA Membership with a bike assist program, headphones, a travelling pillow case, a travel size umbrella, and a re-usable water proof tote bag to carry your commute package.  The approximate retail value of this package is $250 CAD. ”

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So on Monday afternoon I met Susan at the CAA store and she bought me a CAA Plus membership with 200 km of free towing and “bike assist”.  So, if I get a flat, even on my bike, CAA will help me out.  CAA memberships belong to an individual whatever vehicle they are in.  So, Michael figured he should have a membership, too.  It cost me $95 for his membership.  So, again, winning has cost me money!

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There are two more prizes available.  One for Peel’s “Greenest Resident”, the person who submitted the most actions during the contest and a draw for people who answered the contest survey after it closed.  I did the survey and as far as I know I submitted more actions than anyone else.  I might be getting another prize yet!

It was a fun contest.  Something similar will be run next year and I encourage your to enter if you are a resident of Peel.

Between the two prizes from the Let Your Green Show contest and the fitness pass I won at Bike The Creek in June I have won $900 worth of goods and services this year.  I don’t think I have ever been so lucky before.

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About Lisa Stokes

I am a stay-at-home mother of four whose hobbies include photography, quilting and cycling. I have recently started to advocate for better cycling infrastructure in my community. I am the photographer at the Brampton Quilters' Guild.
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