West Vancouver joins Vancouver 2010 family as a Venue City

    WEST VANCOUVER, BC, June 16 /CNW/ - The District of West Vancouver and
the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games (VANOC) announced today that West Vancouver has become a Venue City for
the 2010 Winter Games.
    The focus of West Vancouver's participation in the Games is to engage
residents of all ages - youth, families, seniors, and to support the values
inspired by sport, recreation, arts and culture. As a Venue City, West
Vancouver will receive many benefits, including use of the Vancouver 2010
Venue City logo. The District welcomes the opportunity to improve upon
existing community events, in celebration of the Games, along with developing
new concepts for the Cultural Olympiad and Torch Relay celebration. West
Vancouver plans to reach out to community members for support with planning
and hosting, encouraging volunteer participation in an array of activities
that accompany Venue City status.
    West Vancouver community leaders have embraced the spirit of the 2010
Winter Games and come forward with $1 million - funding that has enabled West
Vancouver to participate as a Venue City. These privately raised funds will go
towards staging the Games in 2010 and will also support snowboard and
freestyle World Cup events scheduled to be held at the Olympic venue on
Cypress Mountain in 2009.
    "This contribution demonstrates solid community support for the 2010
Winter Games. Council is very pleased that West Vancouver is now officially
part of VANOC's planning effort - we look forward to being part of the team,"
says Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones.
    Cypress Mountain, located in West Vancouver, is the official freestyle
skiing and snowboard venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Freestyle skiing
events include aerials, moguls and ski cross, while snowboard events include
half-pipe, parallel giant slalom and snowboard cross. Linda Swain, General
Manager of Cypress Mountain, was pleased with West Vancouver's new status,
saying, "We are excited that West Vancouver will be joining us as a full
partner in the 2010 Winter Games and look forward to working together to
create a memorable experience for everyone on our local ski mountain."
    West Vancouver's new Community Centre at the Civic Site will be a key
feature and venue for events. The site recently received $500,000 from the
Provincial Government towards the construction of a 325-square-metre Spirit
Square atrium, providing a covered outdoor celebration space for special
events and serving as a natural community meeting place for residents using
recreation facilities. The Spirit Square will showcase West Vancouver's
heritage through public art. "Positioned between the mountains and the water,
our Spirit Square captures the essence of West Vancouver's spirit," says Josie
Chuback, Deputy Director of Parks and Community Services.
    "We are tremendously grateful to the citizens of West Vancouver who have
joined together and made an unparalleled personal commitment to the Games and
their community," says John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. "From
Cypress Mountain's snowy peaks, to the Spirit Square's unique display of art
and culture, West Vancouver will help us welcome the world in 2010. The entire
community will benefit from the resulting legacies."

    About VANOC
    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 British Columbia and 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. To
date, members of VANOC's Contributing Province/Territory Program include
Manitoba and Ontario. VANOC's Venue Cities are Richmond, Surrey and West
Vancouver. VANOC has also signed an MOU with each Canadian province and
    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 www.vancouver2010.com.

    About West Vancouver
    West Vancouver is a seaside community of 44,000 residents, nestled on the
lush south-facing slopes of the Coast Mountains on the North Shore of Burrard
Inlet, in British Columbia. The community is known for its beaches, mountains,
recreation facilities, and cultural activities. West Vancouver combines
small-town charm with cosmopolitan amenities in several unique village
business areas. The natural setting and proximity to downtown Vancouver
completes the desirable setting.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Patricia Leslie, District of
West Vancouver, Communications Manager, (604) 925-4736; Jason Macnaughton,
VANOC Media Relations, (778) 328-6734

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