BC Summer Games making volunteer push

Organizers seeking volunteers for Abbotsford event

Thousands of young athletes from all across the province are coming to Abbotsford for next year’s BC Summer Games and if event president Steve Carlton has his way, there will be an equal number of volunteers.

The clock is ticking for the 2016 BC Summer Games, and Carlton said the community is already buzzing with anticipation.

“We’re about 10 months out and have good progress to date,” he said. “The roll-out of the mechanics of the Games is underway. It’s really exciting to see each of the directorates come together and learn their responsibilities. It’s exciting times for the Games.”

Carlton said organizing committees and directorates are ready to go and now the big push is to secure volunteers to help the event run smoothly.

“We’ve had a lot of encouragement from the public and it’s early on, but we’ve had a lot of response,” he said. “We’ve learned that a lot of volunteer sign-up happens in the last three or four months but people in the community are excited and we’re generally looking for anyone and everyone.”

The Games needs volunteers for everything from the opening ceremonies, to meal preparation to marshalling. Carlton said it’s going to be an undertaking but he thinks Abbotsford can pull it off.

“This is going to be such a fantastic community event and Abbotsford has such a long history of volunteerism,” he said. “It’s going to be one more jewel in Abbotsford’s crown.”

Upcoming events for the Games include a key volunteer rally at Highstreet Mall on Nov. 5 and then a community awareness event at a location to be determined on Jan. 23. A torch lighting ceremony occurs in April and during the Games a mobile torch unit will be set up in front of city hall.

But without volunteers the event will not be as successful as it could be, said Carlton.

“The community has been really responsive and supportive so far but we need to get people to that volunteer website,” he said. “You can get signed up there or contact us for more information.”

Carlton said one of the goals is to build a lasting legacy in Abbotsford from the Games.

“It’s all about building community and engaging kids in healthy activities,” he said.

Visit bcgames.org for more information on the event and for details on how to volunteer. The BC Summer Games runs from July 21 to 24 at various venues across Abbotsford.

Just Posted

(File photo)
Crime report: Crooks busy pilfering bikes throughout Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Thefts among 295 complaints Oceanside RCMP deal with in one-week period

The proposed running track upgrade at Ballenas Secondary is now on course. (PQB News file photo)
RDN: Parksville track upgrade project gains some traction

Staff recommends board approve $204,000 funding

The total earnings of Town of Qualicum Beach council and mayor amounted to $186,649 in 2020, including expenses. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
Nine Qualicum Beach town employees earned more than $100K in 2020

Mayor and council received earnings totalling $186,649

(PQB News file photo)
Fireworks report highlights enforcement challenges for Regional District of Nanaimo

Director: ‘I just think it’s wasting everybody’s time’

Terry Mazzei next to a truck after it was struck by lightning, with him inside, on Wednesday afternoon, June 9. He walked away from the incident without injury and the truck sustained only mild damage; a blown front tire and newly broken gas gauge. (Wendy Mazzei photo)
Nanoose Bay man walks away unscathed after lightning strike

VIDEO: ‘We like to think that his dad was watching over him’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read