West Vancouver celebrates one-year countdown

    West Vancouver gets ready for 2010 Winter Games excitement and the
    arrival of the Olympic Flame

    WEST VANCOUVER, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - With just 365 days remaining before the
Games period starts and to mark the one-year countdown, West Vancouver showed
its support and enthusiasm by having a celebration.
    The event included performances by over 200 elementary students from
independent and public schools, an appearance from the Vancouver 2010 mascots,
a special First Nations blessing from Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish
Nation, and remarks by Richard Turner, Board Director on the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee (VANOC).
    West Vancouver Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones also shared a few of West
Vancouver's plans for the upcoming year. "Here at home," she said, "we plan to
celebrate by doing what we're already doing, only even better. From
internationally accomplished artists to young, budding talent the Spirit
Square at our new community centre is where we will all be able to participate
in the Olympics".
    West Vancouver is also a celebration community for the Olympic Torch
Relay and has only 363 days until it's the community's time to shine when the
Olympic Flame arrives. "We are standing on the spot where the Olympic torch
will be next year", said Goldsmith-Jones, "to reignite our love of home, our
belief in good sportsmanship and good health, our will to include everybody,
and our deep respect for the natural environment. These are the Olympic
values, and they are our values".

    The District of West Vancouver is an official Venue City for the 2010
Winter Games and the focus of West Vancouver 2010 is to engage residents of
all ages and to support the values inspired by sport, recreation, arts and

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Priscilla Sharun, (778)
928-5818, psharun@westvancouver2010.ca

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