Canadians and Games enthusiasts around the world invited for volunteer experience-of-a-lifetime at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games



    Volunteer application process begins today at www.vancouver2010.com and
    through www.volunteer.workopolis.com

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - With exactly two years to go before British
Columbia and Canada welcome athletes and guests from around the world for the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, members of the public can
now apply, online, to volunteer for the Games at www.vancouver2010.com or
through www.volunteer.workopolis.com.
    "In exactly 24 short months, the Olympic Flame will arrive in Vancouver
and today marks one of the most important milestones on the road to 2010,"
said John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Organizing
Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). "Next to
the athletes, volunteers are perhaps the most important participants in the
2010 Winter Games. They will welcome the world, set lasting impressions and
play the largest role in actually staging the Games. It will be a proud,
unforgettable experience for everyone involved and we look forward to
welcoming thousands of enthusiastic applicants."
    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.
    "Volunteers from previous Games tell us that being an Olympic or
Paralympic volunteer is one of the most rewarding experiences they've ever
had, and we know that will also ring true here in 2010," said Donna Wilson,
VANOC's executive vice president of Workforce & Sustainability. "It doesn't
matter if you have a lot of volunteer experience or very little, we're looking
for enthusiasm, dedication and a commitment to demonstrating the very best of
Canada and what we all represent. There are quite literally thousands of shoes
to fill and we need talented people to fill them. So please show your heart
and play your part by volunteering for the 2010 Winter Games."
    Workopolis, VANOC's Official Supplier of Online Recruitment, is active in
Canadian cities today, encouraging members of the public to get involved.
Workopolis Street Teams can be found in high traffic areas in Halifax,
Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Squamish, Whistler and Vancouver,
staging fun, interactive games for the public and providing information about
where to apply.
    "Volunteering at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games is a great career move
and an opportunity to participate in an event that is synonymous with passion,
dedication and inspiration," said Patrick Sullivan, President of Workopolis.
"We're showing Canadians how they can get ahead in their careers through
volunteer experiences at the 2010 Winter Games - an experience that will
undoubtedly showcase quality career characteristics like leadership, time
management and altruism. We've got tips on our site for how Canadians can
start this discussion with their employers, as well as a readiness quiz."
    As a Premier National Partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games, and the Official Outfitter to the Games volunteers,
Hbc will develop an extensive clothing package to fit the needs of Vancouver
2010 volunteers, fashioned by the same designers who are creating the uniforms
for the Canadian Olympic Team.
    Said Rob Johnston, President of Hbc, "Hbc is proud to outfit the
volunteers and help them look and feel their best as they play that vital role
in being the face of Canada as we host the world."

    How can the public apply?

    The user-friendly online volunteer application process, available at both
www.vancouver2010.com and www.volunteer.workopolis.com, was developed by Atos
Origin, a Worldwide Olympic Partner. The process includes two sections: an
online application, and access to "On Your Mark," an exclusive online portal
that provides volunteer applicants with important recruitment updates,
position information, training schedules and more.
    "Atos Origin is proud to provide and integrate the systems used for
registering and managing the volunteers and all other staff to the Vancouver
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games," said Patrick Adiba, executive vice
president of Olympics and major events for Atos Origin.
    Once potential volunteers have completed their online application,
through 2008 and the fall of 2009 successful candidates will undergo a phone
screen; a face-to-face interview; orientation and service excellence training;
security clearance, job-specific and venue-specific training; and Games-time
scheduling and outfitting.

    Computer access options

    Members of the public can access the application from several different
locations if they do not have a computer at home. Options include BC
libraries, the Vancouver 2010 Information Centre in Whistler or online at
internet cafés. VANOC has also worked with Bell Canada to set up a volunteer
application support line to assist applicants who have questions as they
complete the online application. Additional questions related to the Games are
welcome at vancouver2010.com.

    
    Volunteer qualifications:

    -  Enthusiastic, dedicated and committed individuals who enjoy social,
       collaborative, team-oriented environments

    -  Individuals who believe, and are committed to, the Vancouver 2010
       values of team, trust, excellence, sustainability and creativity

    -  Experienced and novice volunteers who want to add a peak experience to
       their volunteer resumé

    -  Volunteers who are at least 19 years old as of September 1, 2008
       (opportunities for youth under the age of 19 are in development and
       will be announced in the future)

    -  Individuals who are available for the duration of one or both of the
       Vancouver 2010 Olympic and/or Paralympic Winter Games (Shifts are
       expected to be 8 to 10 hours long with meals provided. Many volunteers
       from previous Olympic and Paralympic Games have chosen to take their
       annual vacation during the Games period so as to ensure they have the
       opportunity to participate in the experience.)

    -  Those who are prepared to arrange for their own local accommodation
       and participate in orientation and training sessions leading up to the
       Games

    -  Individuals who are prepared to participate in a standard Games
       selection process, including screening, interviews and a security
       check.
    

    Volunteer positions

    Many applicants may already have their dream volunteer role in mind while
others may have yet to determine where their skills may fit best. More
information is available at www.vancouver2010.com or through
volunteer.workopolis.com. Successful candidates will experience the magic of
the Games, first-hand, through hundreds of volunteer positions in areas such
as:

    A-C
    Accommodation, Accreditation, Administration, Anti-Doping, Ceremonies,
    Commercial Rights Management, Communications, Community Relations,
    Corporate Strategy and Partner Relations, Cultural Olympiad

    D-L
    Editorial Services/Online Communications, Event Services, Finance, Food
    and Beverage, International Client Services

    M-S
    Media Relations, Medical Services, National Olympic and Paralympic
    Committee Services, Olympic and Paralympic Villages, Paralympic Planning,
    Press Operations, Risk Management and Assurance Services, Sponsorship and
    Servicing, Sport, Sport Events, Sustainability

    T-Z
    Technology, Ticketing, Torch Relay, Transportation, Venue Management and
    Workforce

    Volunteer Centres

    Volunteer Centres will be set up in Vancouver and Squamish as the primary
regional hubs for recruitment, deployment and training for volunteers residing
in these areas. The facilities will also host many workforce planning
activities in the pre-Games period.

    Pre-Games volunteer opportunities

    Numerous pre-Games volunteer opportunities are available today with
VANOC, as well as with the many national and international winter Sport Events
to be held in Vancouver and Whistler before the 2010 Winter Games. Information
can be found at www.vancouver2010.com.

    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: Media Contacts: Katie Green, Vancouver 2010,
(778) 328-6473; Margaret Nevin, Vancouver 2010, (778) 328-6475

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