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Tony Brady and Trish Parsons display the pasport and the poster.
REPORTING · 9th December 2009
Walter McFarlane
The Christmas Season is a time for many things. Hope, Peace, Faith, Miracles and infamously, shopping. In an attempt to encourage local shopping in Kitimat this year, the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce is implementing a pass port contest.

The goal is to spend a minimum of $10 at participating merchants and collect 25 out of 48 stamps on your passport. The passports launch on Thursday, December 10th and are due in for prize draws at noon on December 23rd.

“Last moth, we had the opportunity to participate in a "Shop Local" presentation with the District of Kitimat that Diane Hewlette had put together. Since then, we had a couple of quick meetings and in talking with other businesses in the community, there is this feeling out there that we need to get things going, people need to feel that there is still spirit here in Kitimat and that things will continue and go on,” Said Trish Parsons, Kitimat Chamber of Commerce manger.

That is the origin of the passport. Each of the participating businesses have provided a prize that costs a minimum of $20. Several are gift certificates worth $50. Each of the prizes will be drawn for. Businesses that are participating include the Gas Stations and the Grocery Stores. Shoppers who fill one passport can start filling up another.

This is planned to be the first of many shop local events, with more planned in the next year. To this extent, the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce was at the Kitimat City Council Meeting on December 7th to request a $5000 grant to put more of these shop local events on in 2010. That money will be going towards advertising, printing and staff time.

Council made a motion to grant them the $5000. It was called, carried and Mayor Monaghan wished the Chamber a Merry Christmas.