Simon Fraser University joins VANOC Community Contributor Program; seventh educational institution to join Games program



    VANCOUVER, May 19 /CNW/ - Simon Fraser University (SFU) will contribute
hundreds of parking spaces to support the 2010 Winter Games integrated
transportation plan, and students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to add Games work experience to their résumés under a partnership announced
today between SFU and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
    The agreement falls under VANOC's Community Contributor Program, designed
to engage community groups in the Games and invite their active participation
in welcoming the world in 2010. The British Columbia Institute of Technology
(BCIT), Capilano University, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University,
Langara College and Educacentre College are educational institutions also
taking part in the program.
    SFU will make at least 2,400 parking spaces available from February 12 to
February 28, 2010 at its Burnaby campus, located east of Vancouver. The SFU
lots will be used as departure hubs for the Olympic Bus Network - a crucial
component of VANOC's Games-time transportation plan, which will move ticketed
spectators to the Whistler and Cypress Mountain venues on motorcoaches
departing from a network of locations in Metro Vancouver.
    In addition, the university will designate a staff member to work as a
Paralympic Games engagement coordinator. Students with in-demand skills needed
to stage the Games will be encouraged to find work as volunteers or find
temporary paid positions in support of various functions at the Organizing
Committee. The parking spaces and volunteer opportunities are possible because
of a two-week break from classes at the university from February 15 to
February 26, 2010.
    The agreement with SFU will also allow VANOC to use the Segal Graduate
School of Business, as well as Harbour Centre and the Morris J. Wosk Centre
for Dialogue in downtown Vancouver, for training and meeting facilities.
    "We're excited Simon Fraser University is joining our team as a community
contributor - one of seven educational institutions to offer us Games-time
assistance," said Donna Wilson, VANOC executive vice president, workforce and
sustainability. "The university is offering us a tremendous range of services,
from meeting spaces to parking lots for our Games-time mountain departure bus
systems. The SFU departure hub will be a critical part of the Olympic Bus
Network, which will transport spectators from the Lower Mainland to our
mountain venues."
    "SFU is proud to be a part of the Community Contributor Program,
providing vital services and resources that will help ensure the success of
the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games," said Dr. Michael
Stevenson, president of Simon Fraser University. "We live, work and study in
one of the world's most stunning urban landscapes and we look forward to
opening our doors to the world during this exceptional event."
    In exchange for their support, community contributors receive a wide
range of domestic rights and benefits that create a close association with the
Games, including various advertising, promotional and workforce opportunities.
    More information on the 2010 Winter Games integrated transportation plan
outlined by the Olympic and Paralympic Transportation Team, including maps and
a fact sheet, is available at www.vancouver2010.com. Detailed transportation
information will be made widely available in fall 2009 as residents and
visitors to the Games Host Region begin to determine their more detailed
travel plans.

    About Simon Fraser University

    Named after explorer Simon Fraser, SFU opened on September 9, 1965. SFU
currently has more than 30,000 students and 100,000 alumni, more than 700
tenure-track faculty and 1,600 staff. The original campus has grown into three
vibrant campuses in Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey, and a program located in
Kamloops. SFU's reputation has grown into one of innovative teaching, research
and community outreach.

    About VANOC

    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. Please visit www.vancouver2010.com for
more information.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Jennifer Young, VANOC
Communications, (604) 403-3589, jennifer_young@vancouver2010.com

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