Ask Me, I’m Local program expands to Squamish, Vancouver 

They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery.

If that's the case, Whistler should be feeling pretty good right now.

Its highly successful "Ask Me, I'm a Local" button campaign has now taken off in both Squamish and Vancouver, just in time for the 2010 Games.

"They saw how successful ours was... and decided they would to do the same," said Janice McKenzie, program coordinator of the Whistler program and one of the brains behind the idea.

McKenzie said Squamish is now producing 1,500 buttons in one language through the Chamber of Commerce.

Vancouver is producing 10,000 buttons in 23 languages. The Vancouver button says: "Ask Me, I'm Happy to Help."

Meanwhile more than 2,000 buttons have been distributed in Whistler in its highly successful program.

There is still time to join.

Just register on the website: and pick up a button at Whistler Dental, the Village Information Centre, Meadow Park Sports Centre or municipal hall. And then get ready to put on a smile and answer questions.

McKenzie credits Whistlerites with the program taking off elsewhere.

She said: "By everybody chipping in and wanting to be an ambassador, it's now spread."



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