VANCOUVER, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - After launching the Call for Volunteers and
celebrating the two-year countdown to the 2010 Winter Games,
www.vancouver2010.com yesterday set a single-day record with more than
1.3 million page views. And, in collaboration with
www.volunteer.workopolis.com, Vancouver 2010 has also registered more than
10,500 volunteer applications for the Games to date.
The vancouver2010.com website's 1.3 million page views more than tripled
the previous all-time high of 480,310 page views set during the launch of the
Vancouver 2010 mascots in November 2007. Meanwhile, volunteer interest and
activity at www.volunteer.workopolis.com, a site launched specifically for the
Vancouver 2010 Call for Volunteers, resulted in 150,000 page views and 50,000
website visitors since its launch yesterday.
The majority of volunteer applications came from British Columbia, while
all other Canadian provinces and territories were also represented.
International applications were received from 43 countries, demonstrating the
worldwide interest in the Olympic and Paralympic volunteer experience.
Prince George Mayor Colin Kinsley was one of the first to apply for a
volunteer position yesterday. "The world is coming in 2010 and we all have a
role to play. I have been looking forward to applying as a volunteer for a
long time and I encourage everyone from Prince George, around the province and
across the country to join me."
Said Donna Wilson, executive vice president of Workforce & Sustainability
with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games (VANOC), "The strong response to the Call for Volunteers
demonstrates the pride the residents of BC and Canada feel for the 2010 Winter
Games and how enthusiasts worldwide have had this date circled in their
calendar for a long time. It was a great first day and a wonderful way to
celebrate the two-year countdown to the Games with people everywhere."
Approximately 25,000 volunteers are needed to stage the 2010 Winter
Games. The online application process will remain open for a minimum of six
weeks to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to register. VANOC will
notify the public before the application process closes, with a minimum of two
weeks remaining. Applications may be submitted at any time during the open
call and will be assessed on qualifications and not according to the time a
submission was received during the application process.
"The user-friendly online volunteer application process, developed by IT
partner Atos Origin, a Worldwide Olympic Partner, ran smoothly from the moment
it went live at vancouver2010.com", said VANOC chief information officer Ward
As the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, Atos Origin designs,
builds and operates the vast IT system that relays the event results and
athlete information to spectators and media around the world in real-time
during live competition. The Atos Origin contract with the International
Olympic Committee started in Salt Lake City in 2002, continues to Vancouver in
2010, and through London in 2012.
The Call for Volunteers was also highlighted by Workopolis, VANOC's
Official Supplier of Online Recruitment, which sent street teams to Halifax,
Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Squamish, Whistler and Vancouver to
encourage people to volunteer for the Games.
"This is just the beginning," said Patrick Sullivan, President of
Workopolis. "We expect these numbers to skyrocket over the days and weeks to
come as Canadians are exposed to our multimedia campaign and come to the
realization that volunteering at the 2010 Winter Games will be the experience
of a lifetime."
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.
For further information:
For further information: VANOC Media Contacts, Margaret Nevin, Vancouver
2010, (778) 328-6475; Katie Green, Vancouver 2010, (778) 328-6473