Workopolis Launches National Volunteer Recruitment Drive for Vancouver 2010 Winter Games



    25,000 volunteer positions available starting today

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Today, exactly two years before the Vancouver
2010 Winter Games, Workopolis is giving 25,000 Canadians the chance to be part
of a volunteer experience of a lifetime. The Call for Volunteers, the official
volunteer recruitment drive for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games is officially online at www.volunteer.workopolis.com and
www.vancouver2010.com.
    As the Official Supplier of Online Recruitment for the Vancouver
Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC),
Workopolis is helping VANOC recruit 25,000 qualified volunteers to represent
Canada at the 2010 Winter Games. As a complex and multi-faceted organization,
VANOC requires a volunteer team with a variety of backgrounds and experiences
to bring the Games together and reflect the diversity of Canada, its people
and their capabilities. Job areas run the full range of the alphabet, from
accommodation and anti-doping, all the way through to venue management and
workforce.
    "Workopolis is proud to be the gateway to all of the volunteer positions
for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games," said Patrick Sullivan, President of
Workopolis. "Although the Games will be held in Vancouver and Whistler, they
belong to all Canadians. That's why Workopolis is hitting the streets today to
engage with Canadians from coast to coast and let them know about all of the
volunteer positions available."
    Workopolis has dispatched street teams in: Halifax, Montreal, Toronto,
Winnipeg, Calgary, Whistler, Vancouver and Squamish to share the excitement of
the Games as well as provide details about the volunteer positions available
at the 2010 Winter Games.
    "In 24 short months the Olympic flame will arrive in Vancouver and today
marks one of the most important milestones on the same road to 2010," said
John Furlong, Vancouver 2010 Chief Executive Officer. "Next to athletes,
volunteers are perhaps the most important participants in the 2010 Winter
Games. Volunteers will be the welcoming face to our guests, set lasting
impressions and will play the largest role in actually staging the Games. It
will be a proud, unforgettable experience."
    Workopolis and VANOC have teamed up with Olympic medallists Beckie Scott,
Russ Howard and Marc Gagnon to talk about the important role volunteers play
from an athlete's perspective.
    "Not only do volunteers play a critical role in ensuring a smooth run of
the show but they also act as unofficial cheerleaders to help keep athletes
motivated," said Beckie Scott, cross-country skier and two-time Olympic
medallist. "I hope Canadians everywhere will step forward for a chance to be
part of Canada's Games so that all of our athletes will have the chance to
experience the home-court advantage in its truest sense."
    "Seeing the athletes in the Village environment was an eye-opening
opportunity," added Margot Jackson, volunteer at the Olympic Village in
Bardonecchia for the Torino 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. "I
learned first hand from volunteering in Torino that the Olympic Games are
truly special. Playing a part as a volunteer is an uplifting and unique
opportunity that I will never forget."
    Volunteering is also a great way to strengthen career skills. Although a
recent study by Workopolis shows that over half (51 per cent) of respondents
indicated they haven't recently volunteered any of their time to a charitable
organization, Workopolis encourages everyone to consider the benefits of
gaining career and life skills from being involved in a project like the
Games.
    "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," added Sullivan. "We're showing Canadians how they
can get ahead in their careers through volunteer experiences at the
2010 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."
    The Call for Volunteers is open to anyone who will be over the age of 19
on September 1, 2008. Interested candidates can visit
www.volunteer.workopolis.com or www.vancouver2010.com to learn more about how
they can become a volunteer at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.

    About Workopolis:

    Workopolis is Canada's largest and most popular Internet recruiting and
job search solutions provider with over 3.5 million unique visitors monthly in
Canada and twice as many job postings as the nearest competitor.
    Workopolis provides a fully bilingual suite of award-winning
applications, products and services to both large and small Canadian
companies:

    
    -   workopolis.com(TM), Canada's biggest job site - with the most jobs,
        visitors and employers of any Canadian job site plus, intuitive
        screening tools and powerful resumé database search tools help
        connect employers with the "best fit" candidates faster and more
        efficiently.
    -   workopolisCampus.com, Canada's biggest job site for students and
        recent graduates.
    -   CorporateWorks(TM), Canada's most implemented recruitment management
        solution using the tools that power workopolis.com to power corporate
        career sites.
    -   Workopolis customers also have access to approximately
        100 professional and trade associations
    

    Workopolis is a partnership of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and Gesca
Ltd., the newspaper publishing subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada.
Workopolis has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Guelph,
Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.
    Workopolis is the exclusive Official Supplier of Online Recruitment
Services for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

    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. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.

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For further information:

For further information: For Workopolis: Adam Moffat, Environics
Communications, (416) 969-2763; For VANOC: Margaret Nevin, Vancouver 2010
Communications, (778) 328-6475

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