The Downtown Ambassador program was initially piloted in the summer of 2018 by BNRC and the City of Brandon. The goal of the program is to promote community engagement, safety, and social planning in the downtown area. The program aims to make a more safe and welcoming space for those who frequently work, shop, and live in the downtown area. This year the Downtown Ambassadors have continued to provide Brandon residents with free community programming in the downtown area, including yoga at noon on Tuesdays and a free Senior Coffee Hour at 10:00 am on Fridays in Princess Park.
Along with their routine community programming, The Downtown Ambassadors set out to highlight the importance of shopping local and supporting downtown businesses during the Covid-19 response. The Ambassadors have partnered with 39 different downtown businesses to provide a free community rewards program for Brandon shoppers and visitors at downtown locations.
The Stampin’ Around Downtown rewards program is a summer contest and giveaway draw. The official launch date is set for this August 4th, 2020 and the program will conclude on August 27, 2020. Weekly giveaways on the RosserAndAround social media accounts will promote downtown services and provide incentives for the public to buy local. The Grand Prize draw will take place on August 28th, 2020 at the Downtown Ambassadors’ End of Season Barbeque scheduled from12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Stanley Park.
“With the impact Covid-19 has had on local business, the downtown community has taken quite the hit. We have already seen amazing local businesses close their doors. Now more-than-ever it is vital we begin to recognize and support local services – Treating them as essential before looking to the services of super chains and box stores.”
– said Teague Luhr (Community Programmer) for the Downtown Ambassador Program.
The Stampin’ Around Downtown program is a simple way to give back and support your local community. All participants must do is shop at participating locations and they are eligible to receive a stamp! Once you have a completed card, leave it with the business and you will be entered into the draw. Just look out for the Stampin’ Around Downtown logo posted at your favorite restaurants, retailers, and services. You can also go online to the Rosserandaround Instagram and Facebook page for more details as well as a digital copy of our 2020 Stampin’ Around Downtown Map. Maps will also be made available for pick up in person at the BNRC’s office, which is located at 440 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7B 0H7.