Votes needed to clinch splash pad

Young Riley Buchanan wants to play on a splash pad in Barriere, and that’s what his mom is working towards, along with 100’s of other area residents, says local Tasha Buchanan.

“Today, Barriere has reached #5 in the rankings out of 100 project applications that have been submitted by communities nationwide in the Pepsi Refresh Project,” an excited Buchanan told the Star/Journal last Wednesday. “Our little Barriere should be proud of the community spirit we’ve shown so far throughout this process. We still have until February 28 to collect more votes to reach the #1 spot.”

Buchanan was giving an update on the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre’s application to the Pepsi Refresh Project for $100,000 to build a community splash pad in Barriere. Voting for the splash pad is done by the public on the Project’s website:

“Other projects in the running are losing steam,” says Buchanan, “This is the time to rally together and be even more committed to voting each and everyday, from a valid email address. Some people have mentioned they thought that you only vote once, but that is incorrect. You can vote everyday form valid email addresses, and it is vitally important It’s important to vote everyday.”

She notes that anyone who has not yet voted due to a concern of getting spam emails from Pepsi, they need not be worried. “You won’t get any emails from them unless you specifically ask for it.” 

So, come on folks, now is the time to vote for a splash pad in Barriere that all North Thompson Valley residents can enjoy.

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Here’s how to vote;

1. Go to:

2. At the bottom left of the screen, click “Join Refresh Everything”. It will ask you for your name and email address. Remember, you don’t have to worry about getting any promotional material from Pepsi or anyone else for that matter.

3.  Once logged in, go to the top right of the webpage and enter “barriere” in the white search box. Click enter.

4.   In the next screen that comes up, we are the pink box, third down that says “Help build a Splash Pad in Barriere for improved recreation for all ages.”

5.  Click “Vote”.  You can also click on the name and read more about the project and leave a comment if you wish. 

It’s just that easy.

“We hope those feeling passionate about helping the project could enlist their friends and family, regardless of where they live, to help and vote as well,” says Buchanan, “You can email them, ask people in your workplace, post it on your Facebook page and/or Twitter about it.”

She notes that should Barriere should not receive enough support to win this voting round, if the Splash Pad Project is able to stay in the top five, they can try agin on the next round.

“The current leader in our category is on their third try,” says an enthusiastic Buchanan, “The winner in the round previously to this one won on their second try. But I think we can go all the way to the top this time. We just need your votes.”


Also, watch for the next round of voting that will be starting the beginning of March for two more Barriere projects: The Barriere Community Garden – asking for $5,000 for an underground sprinkler system, and the Barriere After-School Program asking for $10,000.