Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I Love DQ: a Sweet Gift Card Giveaway!


As you may know, I work for Dairy Queen Canada in the Marketing department and I. LOVE. MY. JOB.  I happened upon it almost four years ago and although I had no marketing or QSR (quick-service restaurant) experience, my wonderful boss was willing to take a chance on me and hired me.  It's been great ever since!

This is the first job in my adult life that I truly love and enjoy going to every day.  Sure, I've worked places before where I liked the environment, the people, the company, but I never loved the actual work.  Until now!  My job runs the gamut from administrative responsibilities (calendar management, travel arrangements, etc.) to communications (weekly e-news to our franchisees and managing our corporate Facebook page).  I also plan meetings (next stop: Disney World in September - I kid you not!) and assist with public relations and events (I was part of the team that broke the Guinness World Record for World's Largest Ice Cream Cake in 2011!!).  Pretty sweet job if you ask me - pun intended.

Before I even started working for DQ, I loved it.  It conjures up nostalgic feelings and brings me to a really happy place.  Growing up in a small town in Ontario, DQ was one of the only options for burgers, fries and ice cream.  It was such a special treat to go to DQ for a meal followed by a dipped cone, a sundae or a Mr. Misty slushy (now called Arctic Rush).  I remember when Blizzards debuted and there were only a few flavours (Smarties, Reese's Pieces, OREO) and how delicious and innovative they were.  As a teen and young adult one of my best friends and I would hit DQ for Peanut Buster Parfaits while we gossiped or lamented about our latest heartbreak.  Today, I love to indulge in a Blizzard treat when I'm happy, sad, or just anytime, really!  While I was on maternity leave I treated myself to the Blizzard of the Month without missing a single one.  There were some fabulous new flavours over the course of the year!  

The giveaway is now closed and a winner has been selected.  Thank you to everyone who participated! 
 
DQ has been so good to me and they'd like to be good to you - my readers - too!  You can enter to win a $25 Dairy Queen gift card* by following the simple instructions below.



Each option below is worth 1 entry into the draw.  Winners will be selected using random.org.  Draw will take place on September 12th and the winner will be notified by email and announced on Twitter by me, @pennesthoughts.  All options below are not required, however, they will increase your chances of winning by giving you multiple entries! 

1) Leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favourite DQ treat or food item is (don't forget to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win).

2) Follow me on Twitter: @pennesthoughts and leave a comment on this post with your Twitter name.

3) Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment on this post with a link to your tweet. See instructions below on how to find your tweet link. Suggested tweet copy: Sweet @DQCanada gift card giveaway by @pennesthoughts! Enter here: http://goo.gl/bZwvI

4) Follow @DQCanada on Twitter (leave a comment on this post that you have done so along with your Twitter name). 

Good luck! 

To find your tweet link, go to your Twitter profile page, hover over the time in the right hand corner of your tweet, click on it, then copy and paste the URL from the page where that tweet resides. See image below.


*The gift card is valid at Canadian Dairy Queen and Orange Julius stores only.


42 comments :

  1. Anonymous12:17 PM

    I LOVE DAIRY QUEEN. MINT OREO BLIZZARDS ROCK

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  2. Peanut buster parfait!!!


    summerdual at gmail dot com

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  3. I follow you on twitter.

    twitter name: FOKXXY

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  4. Anonymous6:09 PM

    I love Georgia Mud fudge! It's the best one (but not always on the menu)

    Julie.Anne.McDonald@gmail.com

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  5. Anonymous7:31 PM

    I love the simple chocolate dip cone, peanut buster parfait and the skor blizzard, oh and the strawberry cheesequake!!!! My husband and I treat ourselves all year long!!! Frances, fgiannou@hotmail.com

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  6. I follow dq canada on twitter.

    twitter name : fokxxy

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  7. https://twitter.com/fokxxy/status/241177594261819392

    tweeted

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  8. Blizzards, Blizzards and more blizzards! Ice cream cakes too, always have them for my birthday!

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

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  9. I follow you on Twitter (https://twitter.com/zoojourneys).

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

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  10. tweeted, https://twitter.com/zoojourneys/status/241361372879937536

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

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  11. I follow DQ Canada on Twitter (https://twitter.com/zoojourneys).

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

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  12. I love their chocolate dipped soft serve cones - a classic

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  13. follow you on twitter @50PlusSingleBBW

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  14. tweet https://twitter.com/50PlusSingleBBW/status/241751549695647746

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  15. follow DQ Canada on twitter @50PlusSingleBBW

    ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

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  16. Blizzard Banana Split.

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  17. Anonymous7:51 AM

    Favorite DQ item well could just list the whole menu board but think that good old fashioned banana split would top the list, that what my mom (shes 90 and has had many over the years) and I get when we pass ccaro53@hotmail.ca

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  18. Peanut buster parfait is my fav!
    mommymomentblog @ gmail.com

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  19. I follow you on Twitter as @MommyMomentBlog
    mommymomentblog @ gmail.com

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  20. I follow DQCanada on Twitter as @MommyMomentBlog
    mommymomentblog @ gmail.com

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  21. I love Oreo blizzards
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  22. I follow you on twitter as alaine888
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  23. Jude Fitzsimons3:40 PM

    The Peanut Buster Parfait has always been a fav for me. Mom and Dad used to bring a bag of them for the freezer when I was in the hospital waiting for Mike to be born. That and dilly bars. Lots of memories come with "Dairy Queen"!

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  24. Anonymous8:06 PM

    I love the Dairy Queen Ice cream cakes.

    fossie@hotmail.com

    Florence

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  25. Anonymous8:08 PM

    Following on twitter @fossie

    Florence
    fossie@hotmail.com

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  26. Anonymous8:10 PM

    https://twitter.com/fossie55/status/243516269716975618

    Florence
    fossie@hotmail.com

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  27. Anonymous8:12 PM

    following Dairy Queen on twitter
    @fossie55
    Florence C
    fossie@hotmail.com

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  28. Peanut Buster Parfait - yummy!!

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  29. follow you on twitter @tinatchick

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  30. https://twitter.com/tinatchick/status/244500087600975873

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  31. Follow @DQCanada @tinatchick

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  32. Tennille Fraser11:41 PM

    Love the marshmallow sundae best

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  33. tennille11:41 PM

    following you on twitter ciefsmommy

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  34. Tennille Fraser11:42 PM

    following dq on twitter @ciefsmommy

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  35. Tennille Fraser11:43 PM

    forgot to leave my email

    tennille

    wwcd23 at yahoo dot ca

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  36. I love the caramel sundae
    thanks
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. I follow you on twitter (@flower_child_23)
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  38. tweet
    https://twitter.com/flower_child_23/status/244778369810567168
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. I Follow @DQCanada on Twitter
    (@flower_child_23)
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  40. The classic Smarties blizzard is my favorite :-)
    sbabij2 at shaw dot ca

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  41. Twitter follower @sbabij
    sbabij2 at shaw dot ca

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  42. I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/sbabij/status/245612715752697856
    sbabij2 at shaw dot ca

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