Get involved in an experience of a lifetime with the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games: call for volunteers to launch on February 12, 2008

    VANCOUVER, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - For 25,000 volunteers, the first step in taking
part in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games begins
February 12, 2008 - exactly two years before the Games begin - when the
volunteer application process launches at and through The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) is making the announcement today as part
of the December 5 celebrations in Vancouver and Whistler marking International
Volunteer Day.
    "Volunteers for the 2010 Winter Games will be the face of Canada and will
welcome the world to British Columbia," said John Furlong, Chief Executive
Officer of VANOC. "We are looking for 25,000 inspired Canadians who are ready
to put their hearts into helping us stage extraordinary Games, committed to
enhancing Canada's international reputation and prepared for an experience of
a lifetime!"
    VANOC confirmed today that an online application form will go live on
February 12th at, and through All
interested applicants will be invited to submit an online application using a
simple and user-friendly process. Successful candidates will experience the
magic of the Games, first-hand, through hundreds of volunteer positions in
areas such as Event Services, Medical Services, Sport, Technology, Translation
and Interpretation, Transportation, Ticketing, Press Operations and Athlete
Village Operations, to name just a few. In advance of February 12, 2008,
interested candidates are encouraged to sign up at to
receive volunteer updates as the milestone day approaches.
    "With less than three months to go before we open up the application
process, we're inviting people to start thinking about volunteering for the
2010 Winter Games," said Donna Wilson, VANOC's executive vice president of
workforce and sustainability. "Volunteering is a valuable way to give back to
the community and the opportunity to apply for the biggest event in our
community's history is just around the corner. Now is the time to consider
getting involved and to get excited about the possibility."

    VANOC will be seeking:

    -   enthusiastic, dedicated and committed individuals who enjoy social,
        collaborative, team-oriented environments
    -   individuals who believe and are committed to the values of team,
        trust, excellence, sustainability and creativity
    -   experienced and novice volunteers who want to add a peak experience
        to their volunteer resumé
    -   Volunteers who are at least 19 years old as of September 1, 2008.
        (opportunities for youth under the age of 19 are in development and
        will be unveiled in the future)
    -   Individuals who are available for the duration of one or both of the
        Vancouver 2010 Olympic and/or Paralympic Winter Games (shifts are
        expected to be 8 to 10 hours long and meals will be provided during
        shifts. Many volunteers from previous Olympic and Paralympic Games
        have actually chosen to take their annual vacation through the period
        of the Games to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in
        the experience.)
    -   Those who are prepared to arrange for their own local accommodation
        and participate in orientation and training sessions leading up to
        the Games.
    -   Individuals who are prepared to participate in a standard Games
        selection process including screening, interviews and a security

    Although the 2010 Winter Games are still two years away, VANOC currently
has pre-Games volunteers actively engaged in planning the event. With today
being International Volunteer Day, VANOC is recognizing its pre-Games
volunteers with a special breakfast in Vancouver and a public afternoon
gathering in Whistler.
    "When I heard we were going to be bidding on the Games, I thought I would
get involved to find out more and see what the impact was going to be," said
Heather Clifford, VANOC's first volunteer who supported the bid process and
now volunteers in the Vancouver 2010 Information Centre in Whistler. "It has
been a rewarding journey right from the beginning. The educational and
emotional experience has been amazing and I have already developed wonderful
relationships that will last well beyond the end of the Games."
    "This is a great opportunity for BC and Canada - and volunteering is a
great way to get involved in the action," said Margie Knox, a pre-Games
volunteer since August 2006 who supports VANOC's National Olympic Committee
Services and the Olympic Store. "It's busy and I'm having a great time and
really enjoying the experience."
    Numerous pre-Games volunteer opportunities are available today with
VANOC, as well as with the many national and international winter Sport Events
to be held in Vancouver and Whistler before the 2010 Winter Games. Information
can be found at

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Katie Green, Vancouver 2010,
(778) 328-6473

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