Parksville Resident Wins Galapagos Adventure!

When Joylana Coulter got the call from Quality Foods that she had won an adventure for two to the Galapagos Islands, naturally she was elated and began looking online for what it's all about.

Dianna Rivard of Quality Foods' tried to deliver the good news to the long time Parksville resident on Thursday afternoon but was unable to reach her until Friday.
"I thought we were going to have to redraw the prize," she remarks, "but thankfully we were able to make the connection in time."

The prize, valued at approximately $12,000 CDN, includes airfare, accommodation and guided tours of the unique flora and fauna such as Galapagos tortoises, penguins and iguanas that are endemic to the isolated archipelago.

“We worked closely with our travel partners, Cruise Plus Travel and Tours and GAdventures, to come up with an unusual and memorable travel package,” says Noel Hayward, one of the original founders of Quality Foods.
"The promotion began as an idea to help reduce single use plastic bags in our company and increase reusable bags for groceries," states Hayward.

"From there we contacted the Parksville Beach Festival Society, who quickly embraced a Wild Things theme
for the professional sand sculptures, and we also made it the musical theme for our seven Festival of Lights fireworks shows.
Hayward says that it is one of the most ambitious promotions the company has undertaken, going
beyond the usual store displays and flyers to a major community event, and "the largest employee prize we have ever offered", referring to a trip also being awarded to QF employee Tao Chang of Courtenay's Driftwood Mall.

An estimated 150,000 Q-card and reusable bag entries were tallied since the promotion began last April.



It's a bag.

But it could be your ticket to the Galapagos Islands

Just use your new reuseable Quality Foods bag when you shop at Quality Foods with your Q-Card and you are automatically entered to win.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galápagos Islands may just inspire you to think differently about the world. The creatures that call the islands home, many found nowhere else in the world, act as if humans are nothing more than slightly annoying paparazzi.

This is not the Bahamas and these aren’t typical tropical paradises; in fact, most of the islands are devoid of vegetation and some look more like the moon than Hawaii. However, more humans live here than is commonly assumed, and there’s a surprising level of development in the islands’ towns, mostly geared toward the thriving tourism industry.

This isolated group of volcanic islands and its fragile ecosystem has taken on almost mythological status as a showcase of biodiversity. Yet you don’t have to be an evolutionary biologist or an ornithologist to appreciate one of the few places left on the planet where the human footprint is kept to a minimum.

Nearly 180 years after Darwin was first awed by the Galapagos, the islands still work their magic for travelers from all over the world. The animals steal the show — the penguins playing on Pinnacle Rock, the sea lions lazily accepting of human presence — but there is so much more. 

Discover the rugged inland terrains and 
explore everything from lush mangroves 
to lava tunnels

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