Vancouver 2010 welcomes Dr. Penny Ballem to board of directors

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) welcomed the City of
Vancouver's appointment of Dr. Penny Ballem to VANOC's board of directors
    Ballem, who was named city manager in December under Mayor Gregor
Robertson, is one of two representatives appointed by the city to the board.
    Dr. Ballem, who is trained as a clinical hematologist, has over 30 years
experience in the public sector in Canada in senior management positions. She
also served as the deputy minister of health for British Columbia from 2001 to
    "Penny is known for her passion and drive and has an outstanding track
record as someone who has given her heart to public service and is a leader in
the community," said Jack Poole, chairman of the VANOC Board of Directors. "We
look forward to her contributions and perspective on the challenges ahead in
the final 13 months before we host the world in 2010."
    The other City of Vancouver representative on the board is businessman
Jeff Mooney.
    VANOC is guided by a 20-member board of directors nominated by the
Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver,
the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the
Canadian Paralympic Committee and local First Nations.

    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 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Chris Brumwell, Vancouver 2010,
(604) 403-1869

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