Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Let’s Put Saint John on the Boardwalk! Monopoly Canada

Members of the Saint John community came together today to kick-start a movement encouraging individuals of greater Saint John to go online and vote to put Saint John on the Boardwalk!

Hasbro has launched an online contest to determine which Canadian Cities will earn a spot on its latest board game edition, Monopoly Canada. Earlier in the week, Saint John was in 62nd place out of 65 cities who are trying for one out of a possible 20 spots on the board game. The City already moved to 55th place in just a few days after the media started picking up on the contest. “It is attainable,” said Graeme Weir, who started a Facebook site last week. “The page is gaining momentum”.

Dick Daigle, owner of the uptown area Boilerworks restaurant joined Rodney Weston, MP for Saint John, Mayor Ivan Court, Imelda Gilman, President Saint John Board of Trade, Enterprise Saint John and others on the Boardwalk at Harbour Passage to show support for a grass roots initiative that is going viral. “As a restaurant owner, I am happy to see the community come together on this,” said Daigle. “I will be including table toppers in my restaurants asking patrons to go online and vote as well, and I am encouraging other restaurant owners to do the same.”

“Saint Johners are proud Canadians,” said Rodney Weston. “Last year we participated in the Proud to be Canadian Campaign leading up to Canada Day and Saint John came in fifth place nationally. We should be proud of that result and that tells me Saint John can do it again.”

“If Saint John wins a spot on the game board it would give the city more exposure and recognition. Saint John is the oldest city, the first incorporated city and it’s a perfect lead into Saint John’s 225th birthday. It’s a nice fit,” said Imelda Gilman. “Once the social media network starts it goes viral.”

The time is now to get online and Vote! Let’s make sure Saint John has a spot on the new Canadian Monopoly Board. Let’s get Saint John on the Boardwalk! Go visit You can vote once a day until February 7th.

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