Academic community joins the Vancouver 2010 team

    Community Contributor Program engages community groups in the Games

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today introduced the
Community Contributor Program, a new partnership opportunity 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 and Langara College today
became the first to officially take part in the initiative, which currently
includes colleges and universities providing essential services and resources
to VANOC as part of a value-in-kind agreement. VANOC plans to expand the
program to other interested community groups able to provide property and
programs needed to stage successful Games. The Community Contributor Program
also offers the opportunity to participate by cash donation in cases where
community groups do not have operational resources to offer as part of their
    "We are delighted to welcome these post-secondary institutions to our
team and thank the school presidents for their leadership and desire to work
with us in creative ways to put on Games that will make all Canadians proud,"
said Donna Wilson, executive vice president of workforce for VANOC. "We look
forward to engaging students and staff as part of our Workforce team to help
us deliver an extraordinary Olympic and Paralympic experience that will leave
lasting legacies for all."
    Through the Community Contributor Program, universities and colleges will
provide services, including parking spaces that are essential to VANOC's
overall transportation plan and Park and Ride program for spectators using the
Olympic Bus Network to travel to venues in Whistler from Vancouver. Schools
will also provide classroom space for training volunteers and other members of
the VANOC workforce. In addition, students, some staff and faculty from
participating universities and colleges will be available for co-op,
internship and volunteer opportunities with VANOC.
    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,
such as a volunteer recruitment symposium provided by VANOC on the campus of
each participating university and college.
    VANOC is also working closely with participating universities and
colleges to connect students with the Paralympic Winter Games. VANOC hopes to
raise awareness of and enthusiasm for adaptive sport, enhance the appreciation
of the remarkable abilities of Paralympic athletes and increase disability
awareness and the importance of accessibility.
    Doug Kelsey, president and CEO of the British Columbia Rapid Transit
Company, congratulated the institutions for making a tremendous contribution
toward the success of the Games. "Not only are these schools providing access
to their facilities to support transportation services and train volunteers
but, some are timing their breaks for February 2010, thus reducing the number
of vehicle and transit trips, helping TransLink free up more transit
capacity," said Mr. Kelsey. "By supporting our Transit Demand Management
Strategy, these institutions will help our whole community make the 2010
experience great for residents and visitors alike."

    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 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. For more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: VANOC, Paula Webber, VANOC
Communications, (778) 328-3385,; Douglas
College, Brad Barber, Communications, Marketing and Advertising, (604)
527-5774,; Capilano University, Shelley Kean, (604)
983-7596,; BCIT, Kelly Angelo, Media Relations Manager,
(604) 432-8773,; Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Peter
Chevrier, Director, Marketing and Communications, (604) 599-2286,; Langara College, Nancy Wickham, Director,
Communications & Marketing, (604) 323-5671,

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