Ballot boxes in place

A new survey ballot box was shown to the RDMW Board of Directors on June 16

Vancouver Island North Tourism Coordinator Joli White brought a new Visitor Experience Survey ballot box to show the Regional District of Mount Waddington board of directors.

White explained to the board, at their meeting June 16, that 20 of the boxes will be located around the region. Twenty posters will also be posted in various locations.

“We’ve had a really amazing response from the businesses.

“Everyone was so welcoming,” said White, adding that representatives from The Sociable Scientists “were impressed by the level of enthusiasm.”

People can fill out the ballots with their names and email addresses and they will be emailed an on-line survey after they have arrived home, explained White.

“The survey will run through the Labour Day long weekend,” she said.

People who fill out the surveys will be entered to win one of two prizes, White said.

The prizes will include an experience package of a three-night stay at Great Bear Lodge and the second will be a native carving “that we can mail out to them.”

The target of the program is tourists, said White, however, the survey includes a resident stream of questions. There is an iPod mini up for grabs for residents who participate in the survey.

The Visitor Experience Survey, brought to the community by The Sociable Scientists Inc., was developed in collaboration with Vancouver Island North, Campbell River and Comox Valley tourism destination marketing organizations and supported by Vancouver Island University.

The $17,000 project received 50 per cent of its funding from the Island Coastal Economic Trust.