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Eat Your Soup! Change Your Town!

March 6, 2018
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A bowl of soup, old friends, new connections and a chance to help launch a community improvement project in Quesnel are all on the table with a brand new crowd-sourcing venture set to takes place this month.

Soup Quesnel is a volunteer-driven initiative that offers community members the chance to pitch project ideas to their peers, who in turn will vote to support an innovation of their choice.

The event – the first of its kind in a small town and only the second in B.C. – is set to take place March 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lodge at 1262 Inc.

For a $10 entry fee, attendees will enjoy a simple soup dinner and cash bar, then get the chance to listen to four community improvement pitches and vote on their favourite. All funds collected at the door are then awarded to the winner.

Organizer Garrett Pristie says the event is all about bringing positive change to the city, and hopes the venture will stir up some new ideas and involvement from community members.

Quesnel Soup Organizer Garret Pristie

“I’m a sucker for Quesnel. I love our community and see so much potential here,” Garrett explains. “I saw this as something that could really stir up ideas and inspire change. It’s a gateway for people wanting to get involved to start out. $10 for a ticket, and you’ve already made an impact in the community, it’ll only go up from there. If I can get people off their couch and involved in Quesnel then I’ve done something right.”

Garrett says that so far, the project ideas have been far ranging, including a pumpkin patch to raise funds for a local animal sanctuary, to a skateboard park revitalization initiative. Pitch auditions were held late last month to narrow down the projects to four finalists, who will each have four minutes to convince those in attendance to support their project.  Depending on how much sponsor support he’s able to attract, Garrett is hoping to be able to award upwards of $1,000 to the winner.

“The more sponsors and donations we get the more money we will be able to give the winner,” he says. “However, I’m hoping that through this event we will be able to partner up people looking to get involved with different ideas residents have. For example, a flooring company may be able to donate flooring. The winning idea may not have any use for that so we will donate it to a different idea that could use it. “

Tickets ($10) are available at Long Table Grocery (678 Doherty St.) and Mama C’s Gifts and Giggles (424B Reid St.). Those planning to attend are asked to bring their own bowl and spoon. For more info, or to volunteer or sponsor Soup Quesnel, email garretpristie@gmail.com

Writer: Melissa Smalley

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