When she’s on vacation, Jayda Davis likes to be in the sun, go swimming and go on adventures.
The Grade 7 Vernon Christian School student will get to do that and more in November.
Davis, 12, is one of four winners of a nationwide contest put on by Sunwing Vacations for youth under the age of 16 to become a Sunwing Kidcation Tester.
“Parents from across Canada were asked to submit a 20-second or less video of their child explaining why they want to be the next Kidcation tester,” said Jacqueline Grossman, senior marketing director of Sunwing Vacations.
“My dad told me about the contest and we decided we would try it for fun,” said Davis, second oldest of four girls (sisters are Tianna, Milaya and Nikita) to dad Luke, communications coordinator with Kal Tire, and stay-at-home-mom Stephanie.
From thousands of applications from across the country, 10 applicants would be shortlisted for the final part of the contest: producing a video offering a review of their recent vacation.
The waiting was killing Davis.
It took about a month to find out she was shortlisted, and she found out, she said, by snooping on her mom’s cell phone and saw the e-mail.
So now, Davis had to produce a video of a recent vacation. In her case, it was a review of a stay-cation.
With the help of her videographer dad, the pair ventured to the Vernon Lodge Hotel, explained what they were doing, and the Lodge allowed the Davis’ access to the hotel.
In her two-minute video, you can see Davis flopping onto a hotel bed in a room overlooking BX Creek and the hotel pool. Speaking of the pool, Davis is filmed doing a cannonball entry, and she is also seen eating and enthusiastically giving two thumbs way up to a Brownie/Turtle Chocolate Sundae dessert in the hotel’s restaurant.
The video (below) was e-mailed off.
This time, Luke got a phone call saying his daughter was one of four winners, but he didn’t say a word to Jayda. When a bunch of Sunwing swag arrived at the Davis home, Jayda found out she had won.
She and her entire family will enjoy a stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at an all-inclusive resort. The caveat is Davis will have a camera crew following her around as she reviews the resort for Sunwing.
“I’ve never been to Mexico,” smiled Davis. “I’m super excited.”
Davis is the only winner among the four from Western Canada. She and the other three winners – from Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia – won an all-inclusive, seven-night trip for four to a Sunwing family-friendly property. The winners will be reviewing their stay, including restaurant and dining choices, beaches, pools and waterparks, kids and teens clubs, excursions, nightly activities and much more.
“No one knows how to truly have fun on vacation like a kid,” said Grossman.
“Our Kidcations program gives children a chance to share first-hand their travel experiences with other young travellers as a video review that is uploaded on our website and social media channels. Parents also benefit with the peace of mind of knowing that when they book a Sunwing Vacations Kidcation Tested resort, their kids will love it.”