Workopolis and VANOC welcome 13 volunteers to the 2010 Winter Games team!

    Canadians donating their time and talents celebrated today

    VANCOUVER and TORONTO, May 20 /CNW/ - The names and welcoming faces of 13
volunteers chosen to represent their home province or territory as Canada's
ambassadors to the world at the 2010 Winter Games were unveiled today by
Workopolis and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). Workopolis is the Official Supplier of Online
Recruitment for the 2010 Winter Games.
    The 13 are among the first 200 volunteers offered Games-time roles with
Vancouver 2010 out of almost 64,000 applications received so far through and Volunteer positions
will be offered throughout the summer and continuing up to Games time.
    Following the launch on February 12, 2008 of what is quite possibly the
largest request for volunteers during peace time in Canada, applications
started pouring in. Candidates have applied from every province and territory,
as well as from almost 130 countries worldwide, including the Cayman Islands,
Iceland and Tunisia, which is more than 9,400 kilometres away from the Host
City of Vancouver!
    "Last February, Workopolis and Games organizers literally hit the streets
to get the word out about the call for volunteers in order to recruit the
25,000 volunteers needed to bring the Games to life," said Gabriel Bouchard,
president of Workopolis. "The response was incredible and we're thrilled to
introduce this team of fantastic individuals who will represent our country
and help truly make these Canada's Games."
    Those sentiments were echoed by Cathy Priestner Allinger, who heads up
sport and Games operations - including volunteer recruitment - for VANOC.
"Thanks to the recruitment and promotional campaign we launched with
Workopolis, we're finding a great team of volunteers who'll be integral in
helping us stage great Games. We're grateful for the enthusiasm and
willingness of those who've applied."
    The 13 volunteers are: Chris Brodeur of Calgary, AB; Lynn Ledgerwood of
Squamish, BC; Scott Grant of Winnipeg, MB; Joanne Sonier of Memramcook, NB;
Wayne Connors of St. John's, NL; Eric Bond, of Halifax, NS, Tracy Cross
Gauthier of Hay River, NT; Dallas Anderson of Iqaluit, NU; Tom Broumas of
Toronto, ON; Debbie MacMurdo of Charlottetown, PEI; Diane Drolet of Val-David,
QC; Allan Chizek of Prince Albert, SK; and Jean-Francois Latour of Whitehorse,
    As the backbone of the 2010 Winter Games, these volunteers come from all
walks of life and all adult age groups in Canada, and speak a variety of
languages. Assigned to a number of areas, they will groom ski hills, take
tickets and usher spectators to their seats, welcome athletes to the Olympic
and Paralympic Villages in Vancouver and Whistler, shuttle athletes and
coaches to and from Olympic and Paralympic venues, and much more.
    For additional details about the first 13 volunteers, as well as their
photos, please visit
    For Ontario volunteer Tom Broumas, volunteering at the Games has been a
dream almost 20 years in the making. He will be working in workforce break
areas and doing check-in for staff and volunteers at the Games.
    "My first memory of the Olympic Winter Games was watching Kerrin
Lee-Gartner win gold in Albertville (in 1992). That's when I realized what a
great honour it is to be involved with the Olympic Movement - whether that's
as an athlete or as a volunteer," Broumas said shortly after learning he had
been selected. "I'm most looking forward to the opportunity to work together
with all of the other volunteers and being part of an event that will showcase
Canada to the world."
    VANOC will continue to recruit applicants up until Games time next
February. Interested volunteer candidates, especially those with language
skills in French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Norwegian and Spanish, as well as
those who have event services and transportation experience, are invited to
apply at or The
application takes about 20 minutes to fill out and captures information about
your skills and experience, preferences, availability and accommodation.

    Volunteer Experience - Giving You a Competitive Edge in a Tight Job

    Volunteering your time also shows leadership, time management and altruism
- all qualities that employers value. Workopolis offers the following ways
volunteering can work for you in a tight job market:

    -   Increasing your stock. Employers admire people with a social
        conscience who make it a priority to take action. A willingness to
        work for free demonstrates to an employer that you've got a strong
        work ethic and the benefits you seek are more intrinsic in nature
        than just financial gain.

    -   Testing the waters. No matter your interest, there's an unpaid
        position with your name on it. Think of it like swimming; before
        jumping in the deep end head-first, start by sticking your toes in
        the shallow end through some hands-on volunteer experience. Volunteer
        experience can result in an added skill set you can include in your

    -   Opening new doors. More than half of job vacancies are still being
        filled internally or through external networking, either through
        online networks or mingling at social functions. Diversifying your
        network through volunteer opportunities can help you stand out from
        the crowd.

    Celebrating the Unsung Heroes - Our Volunteers

    "Workopolis is encouraging Canadians from coast to coast to give the
people helping out behind the scenes at the 2010 Winter Games a virtual
standing ovation today," said Bouchard. "Too often the efforts of volunteers
in our society go unnoticed. It's important for organizations to recognize the
volunteer efforts of their employees - whether they are participating in a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity like this or volunteering their time at a local
not-for-profit organization."
    For more tips on what employers can do to recognize their employees'
volunteer efforts, and to read about the best practices VANOC utilized to help
recruit their volunteer workforce, please visit,

    About Workopolis

    Workopolis ( is Canada's leading online
career-solutions provider with over three million unique visitors monthly in
Canada, the most posted resumes and twice as many job postings as the nearest
    Workopolis provides a fully bilingual suite of industry-leading products
and services including:

    -   Powerful Resume Database search functions and intuitive screening
        tools to help connect employers with the "best fit" candidates -
        contributing to a 71 per cent hiring success rate for customers.
    -   An inside look at niche industries as part of Canada's largest
        specialized association and publication job board network.
    -   Career alerts, Resume Rescue and an online salary calculator to help
        job seekers find the right job.

    Headquartered in Toronto, Workopolis has offices in eight Canadian
cities. Workopolis is a partnership of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and Gesca
Ltd., the newspaper publishing subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada.
    Workopolis is the exclusive Official Supplier of Online Recruitment
Services for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

    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 further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: To arrange an interview with
Workopolis or any of the volunteers: Amy Davidson or Sheryl So, Environics
Communications, Tel: (416) 969-2830, (416) 969-2725, E-mail:,; Paula Webber, VANOC
Communications, Tel: (604) 403-2685, E-mail:

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