Media Advisory - UPDATED - Completion of construction at UBC Thunderbird Arena to be celebrated - Details of the Vancouver 2010 Venues' Aboriginal Arts Program to be announced

    VANCOUVER, July 7 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and the University of British
Columbia (UBC), in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province
of British Columbia, will host a ceremony today recognizing the completion of
construction at the UBC Thunderbird Arena.
    VANOC, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of
British Columbia, will also announce details of the Vancouver 2010 Venues'
Aboriginal Arts Program - a Canada-wide project celebrating Aboriginal art at
the 2010 Winter Games venues.
    Speakers will be available for interviews following the announcements.
    Following the announcements and interviews, media are invited to
participate in a UBC-led tour of the venue (beginning at approximately
11:30 am).

    When:           Monday, July 7, 2008
                    10:00 am (Pacific Time)

    Where:          UBC Thunderbird Arena
                    6066 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver, BC
                    Media check-in at the Westbrook Mall entrance to
                    Thunderbird Arena
                    (Parking is available at the Thunderbird Parkade, across
                     Thunderbird Blvd.)

    Who:            In order of appearance:

                    Professor Stephen Toope, President of UBC

                    Premier Gordon Campbell

                    John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer, VANOC

                    James Moore, Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific Gateway)
                    (2010 Olympics) (Official Languages)

          Updated:  Pat Quinn, 2010 Games Ambassador

                    Tewanee Joseph, Chief Executive Officer and Executive
                    Director, Four Host First Nations Secretariat

                    Additional attendees:

                    Hayley Wickenheiser (gold medallist, women's ice
                    hockey, Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006)

                    Todd Nicholson (gold, silver and bronze medallist,
                    ice sledge hockey, Lillehammer 1994, Nagano 1998,
                    Torino 2006)

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jason Macnaughton, VANOC, (778)
328-6734; Randy Schmidt, University of British Columbia, (604) 822-1266

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