District of Squamish partners with VANOC to stage successful 2010 Games; sport legacy trust fund created to recognize community's support, time and resources

    SQUAMISH, BC, June 14 /CNW/ - The District of Squamish and the Organizing
Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) are
partnering to ensure successful Winter Games in 2010 through cooperation and
support on services and operational requirements for the Games. In recognition
for the support and as an enduring legacy of the 2010 Winter Games, the
District of Squamish and VANOC have created a $750,000 trust fund in support
of community sport and recreation facilities in the district. Squamish mayor
Greg Gardner and VANOC's Dan Doyle, executive vice president of construction,
made the announcement today at the Squamish Rocks 2010 community celebration
at the Squamish Adventure Centre.
    "We're thrilled VANOC is recognizing the citizens of Squamish and the
important role we're committed to playing in the lead up to and during the
2010 Winter Games," said Gardner. "The $750,000 Squamish sport legacy trust,
which will be disbursed by the district, will be a great legacy of the Games -
one that can be used to provide opportunities for youngsters and adults alike
in our district to play together and lead active, healthy lives."
    Squamish is ideally located between Vancouver and Whistler to provide
important services and to benefit from the 2010 Winter Games. The District of
Squamish played a key role in the successful staging of numerous sport events
at Games venues over the past winter season. Since January 2006, more than 80
businesses in Squamish have received contracts from VANOC totalling $15.6
million overall. These businesses include accommodation, construction, food
and beverage, entertainment and service providers. Leading up to and during
Games time, Squamish will continue to be a key accommodation hub for VANOC,
its partners and service providers, including housing as many as 600
out-of-town Games-time volunteers in local homes through the Homestay
Volunteer Program. The District is also working with VANOC to find areas
suitable for parking space and support for shore operations should cruise
ships be used for accommodation.
    "Squamish is a critical community to the staging of the Games. This
partnership solidifies our commitment to work closely with Squamish to ensure
the Games are of benefit to the community and that residents and businesses
can make a real contribution to the Games' success," said Dan Doyle. "The
Squamish sport legacy trust recognizes the past, current and future support,
time and resources that Squamish is providing to us in the Sea to Sky region.
This year, hundreds of Squamish residents have volunteered their time in
hosting international sport events at Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park and
other venues, gaining crucial experience and knowledge that will make them
extremely valuable members of our team when we host the Games in just eight
months time. Also, dozens more residents are opening their homes to take in
volunteers from across Canada and around the world so they can be close to the
venues they'll be working at in 2010."
    "The Sport Legacy Trust Fund is also an investment in the future health
of this community and an opportunity to build on its growing reputation as the
"Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada," he concluded.

    About the District of Squamish

    Squamish is a vibrant seaside community located in the Coast Mountain
Range of British Columbia, at the head of Howe Sound. Home to over 14,949
people, Squamish is a young town with 60 per cent of the population under the
age of 40. Squamish offers a high-quality lifestyle, entrepreneurial
opportunities, two universities and a community that prides itself as the
"Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada."

    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 Contacts: Kim Muller, District of
Squamish, (604) 815-5025, kmuller@squamish.ca; John French, VANOC
Communications, (604) 402-2092, John_french@vancouver2010.com

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