Prince Edward Island Joins Vancouver 2010 Team as Contributing Province

    CHARLOTTETOWN, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - With less than a year to go until the
Opening Ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Prince Edward
Island has joined in the excitement by contributing directly to the success of
the Canadian team and is set to showcase the region's rich cultural heritage
to the world.
    The spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games was alive today as Premier
Robert Ghiz and Sport Minister Carolyn Bertram joined Taleeb Noormohamed,
Director Corporate Strategy and Partner Relations for the Vancouver Organizing
Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), to
announce that Prince Edward Island has joined VANOC's Contributing
Province/Territory Program (CPTP).
    "I am pleased to announce today that Prince Edward Island has joined the
Contributing Province/Territory Program for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games,"
said Premier Ghiz. "As part of this agreement, the province will be
contributing toward showcasing our Island's arts and culture through the
Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, and directly supporting the staging of the
Games. I know that Islanders will be especially proud when the Olympic torch
comes through our province on November 21, 2009."
    "The Vancouver 2010 Winter Games will be a spectacular celebration that
allows us to highlight the unique history and proud people that make up our
country," said John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer VANOC. "We want to thank
Prince Edward Island for contributing to the program and participating in this
adventure on our way to 2010. We look forward to sharing the stories of the
Island to a world audience."
    VANOC's Contributing Province/Territory enables Prince Edward Island to
participate in the following:

    -   Organize a Prince Edward Island Day at the 2010 Winter Games to
        promote the province;
    -   Participate in the Cultural Olympiad, which will include
        opportunities for Prince Edward Island artists;
    -   Encourage Aboriginal participation in the Games and preceding events;
    -   Access VANOC promotional materials;
    -   Use the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and
        Own the Podium 2010 logos;
    -   Promote educational and volunteer opportunities relating to sport and
        culture, and encourage healthy lifestyles; and
    -   Participate in the historic torch relay for the Vancouver 2010
        Olympic Winter Games.

    "We are proud that Prince Edward Island will be a participant in the
historic torch relay for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games," said
Minister Bertram. The Olympic Flame relay will travel 320 kilometres by land
and water in our province, involve 250 torchbearers and visit 26 Island
communities, including the First Nations home of Lennox Island."

    Background: Contributing Province/Territory Program
    VANOC's Contributing Province/Territory Program offers a structured
avenue for all provinces and territories to participate in the 2010 Winter
Games. Under the CPTP, signatory provinces and territories receive a package
of benefits that create a close association with the Games, similar to those
of corporate sponsors. In return, participating provinces and territories make
a financial contribution towards the success of Canadian athletes in 2010
through the Own the Podium 2010 program; culture and arts, through the
Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad; and directly, to staging successful Games in
2010. VANOC developed this new program in response to interest demonstrated by
Canada's provinces and territories outside of British Columbia to allow for
greater involvement in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

    VANOC's government partners provide funding, infrastructure, essential
service support and management services to the 2010 Winter Games, which will
contribute to the lasting economic, sport, cultural and social legacies for
citizens and communities throughout Canada. VANOC's government partners
include the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the City
of Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Prince Edward Island
today joins VANOC's existing Contributing Province/Territory Program partners,
including Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, and
Saskatchewan. VANOC's Venue Cities are Richmond, Surrey and West Vancouver.
VANOC has also signed an MOU with each Canadian province and territory.
    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
Vancouver 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

    Prince Edward Island
    Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province. One of the four
Atlantic Provinces, this crescent shaped Island is located in the Gulf of St.
Lawrence, off the Atlantic Coast of the Canadian mainland. Steeped in heritage
and history, Prince Edward Island is where the idea of Canada was born.
Islanders and visitors enjoy both cultural and sporting activities such as
main stage and community theatres, museums, art galleries, good restaurants,
regular festivals and events, fabulous beaches and swimming, great golf,
scenic walking trails, and national and international sports competitions.
    The 2009 Canada Games will be held in Prince Edward Island August 15-29.
This will mark the first time an entire province has hosted any set of Games
with sport venues in 15 different communities stretching across the Island.
Athletes will compete in 18 sports, and participants from across Canada will
take part in the National Arts Program.

For further information:

For further information: Connie McNeill, Communications Officer,
Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Tel (902) 368-5829,
E-mail:; Katie Green, Vancouver 2010, Phone: (778)
227-6074, E-mail:

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