Vancouver 2010 Sea to Sky Volunteer Centre Official Opening September 1 in Squamish



    SQUAMISH, BC, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) invites the Sea to Sky
community to top off their summer with a special event. The new Sea to Sky
Volunteer Centre in Squamish will open its doors with an official opening
celebration on Monday, September 1 from noon to 4:00 pm.
    "Being a volunteer in 2010 will be an unforgettable experience and we are
excited to be engaging Sea to Sky communities in such a big way," said Donna
Wilson, VANOC executive vice president, workforce and sustainability. "As the
host of the Sea to Sky Volunteer Centre, Squamish is playing an important role
in engaging Sea to Sky communities in the 2010 Winter Games. Through this new
centre it will be easier for the entire corridor to get informed and be
involved. Residents in the Sea to Sky area have an opportunity to be part of
the 2010 Winter Games and showcase their passion for this beautiful region,
whether through volunteerism or opening their homes."
    To celebrate the official opening of the centre, VANOC will hold a
parking lot party featuring sport demonstrations, a special appearance by the
Vancouver 2010 mascots, Sumi, Miga and Quatchi, souvenir 2010 mascot stickers,
live music, food and give-aways. Other activities include face painting and an
opportunity for visitors to test their shooting accuracy with a biathlon
rifle. Children are encouraged to bring their hockey sticks to take shots on
goal with VANOC'S official goalie, Quatchi. Entertainment will include music
from Squamish's Jocelyn Band, Whistler's Hairfarmers and Pemberton's Gordo.
    The 2010 Winter Games Sea to Sky Volunteer Centre will serve as the
primary regional hub for recruitment, deployment and training for volunteers
residing in the Sea to Sky corridor. The facility will also host many
workforce planning activities in the lead up to the 2010 Winter Games. Between
now and 2010, thousands of volunteers are expected to pass through the Sea to
Sky Volunteer Centre, filling the hundreds of different roles required in the
Sea to Sky corridor at Games time.
    "I have a love for sport, our community and the Olympic Movement," said
community volunteer Kim Stegeman. "Having volunteered for a year with
Callaghan Valley Local Organizing Committee (CALOC), I know how fulfilling the
experience is to be a volunteer and I am proud, like most Canadians, to be
part of hosting the Games in 2010. I encourage everyone in the Sea to Sky area
to explore this exciting opportunity."
    VANOC staff members will be available at the event to answer questions
about volunteer opportunities leading up to and during the 2010 Winter Games.
Visitors who are interested in applying will be able to sign up during the
official opening or learn how to sign up online at vancouver2010.com or
workopolis.com.
    The Sea to Sky Volunteer Centre is located in the new Spectacle building
at 40437 Tantalus Road. The centre is off Highway 99 at Garibaldi Way, behind
the Petro-Canada station, and in close proximity to public transit and the
Greyhound station. Located within a 60-minute drive from Pemberton and a
35-minute drive from Whistler, the Spectacle location offers easy access to
all Sea to Sky residents.
    The centre in Squamish provides 465 square metres (5,000 square feet) of
space, is highly visible from Highway 99 and is accessible to persons with
disabilities.
    VANOC requires 25,000 exceptional Canadians - with a special emphasis on
Sea to Sky residents with a passion for their community and the 2010 Winter
Games - who are ready to put their hearts into creating an event that will
inspire the world. Aspiring volunteers can apply online at
www.vancouver2010.com and through www.volunteer.workopolis.com. Applicants
without internet access at home are encouraged to stop by the centre in
Squamish on September 1 or visit a BC library, the 2010 Information Centre in
Whistler or an internet café.

    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. Visit www.vancouver2010.com





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