Vancouver 2010 congratulates new Minister of State for the Olympics Mary McNeil

    VANCOUVER, June 11 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) wishes to congratulate the
Honourable Mary McNeil on being named as the new Minister of State for the
Olympics and ActNow BC.
    "I would like to extend congratulations on behalf of our board of
directors and entire team at VANOC to Mary McNeil on her appointment to this
exciting portfolio," said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. "With
her experience in hosting large international events she brings a strong depth
of knowledge to the project. As the MLA for the new riding of Vancouver-False
Creek, she lives in and represents the heart of the Games region and Host
City, a riding that will host ice hockey, ceremonies, the Olympic and
Paralympic Village Vancouver and many other key Games activity areas.
    Added Furlong, "The Province of British Columbia is a key partner in
staging outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and we're
delighted Minister McNeil is assuming responsibility of this partnership in
the home stretch before British Columbia hosts one of the world's premier
sporting events."
    "We extend our thanks to Finance Minister Colin Hansen for his
outstanding work and unwavering support while handling the Olympic portfolio
for the last four years," continued Furlong. "We offer him our best wishes in
his additional responsibilities as deputy premier."

    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 for
more information.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Sébastien Théberge, VANOC
Communications, (604) 403-2261,

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