Vancouver 2010 Board of Directors meets, endorses ceremonies team for the Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies and nightly Victory Ceremonies

    WHISTLER, BC, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors for the Vancouver
Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC)
met today in Whistler, BC and reviewed and received updates on a series of key
2010 Winter Games topics. The meeting included a venue construction update,
the Board's approval of a $26.5 million draw from VANOC's venue development
budget central contingency, a tour of the Whistler Olympic and Paralympic
venues and the Board's authorizing of a number of contracts that will continue
to support venue construction progress for the 2010 Winter Games. Notably, the
Board also endorsed the overall Ceremonies leadership team for the Vancouver
2010 Opening and Closing Ceremonies and nightly Victory Ceremonies.
    The Ceremonies leadership team, comprised of the Executive Producer,
selected individuals and VANOC Ceremonies staff, will be announced at a news
conference tomorrow. The announcement will include an introduction of the
Ceremonies leadership team as well as an overview of the consultative process
that will be undertaken to develop the Ceremonies.
    Board Member Rusty Goepel was again elected by the Board Members to act
as meeting Chair. VANOC Board Chairman Jack Poole continues to recover from
surgery and participated in the meeting via Bell teleconferencing. Whistler
Mayor Ken Melamed attended a portion of the meeting to welcome the VANOC Board
of Directors to Whistler and provided an update on the Resort Municipality of
Whistler's planning for the 2010 Winter Games.

    For a full list of updates and decisions taken at the September 19, 2007
VANOC Board meeting, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Chris Brumwell, Vancouver 2010,
(778) 328-6269; Mary Fraser, Vancouver 2010, (778) 328-3667

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