Vol­un­teer op­por­tu­nity of a life­time

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Lennoxville Sher­brooke

Aonce-in-a-life­time vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­nity has come to our re­gion. Five thou­sand vol­un­teers of all ages are needed for the 2013 Canada Games which are be­ing held in and around Sher­brooke from Au­gust 2nd to the 17th.

“Many vol­un­teers have al­ready signed up. When we were bid­ding for the Games, 26,000 peo­ple signed the pe­ti­tion so we knew we had a good base for vol­un­teers. But we will still need some vol­un­teers from out­side the re­gion and we hope to get some from other prov­inces and New Eng­land,” said Tom Allen, the pres­i­dent of the Sher­brooke Canada Games Board and Com­mit­tee. A fam­ily from Toronto has al­ready vol­un­teered, plan­ning to par­tic­i­pate for their sum­mer va­ca­tion. “We’ll have a train­ing pro­gram for the vol­un­teers but that won’t start un­til 2013. It’s not an easy task to get five thou­sand vol­un­teers but it’s co­or­di­nat­ing all the vol­un­teer work that will be the real chal­lenge,” he added.

The Games com­mit­tee is ex­pect­ing 12,000 par­tic­i­pants, ath­letes, coaches and med­i­cal staff, and about 15,000 vis­i­tors for the event so the large team of trained vol­un­teers will be cru­cial. “We’ll need vol­un­teers for se­cu­rity, VIP trans­port, health and nutri­tion, park­ing, wel­com­ing and trans­la­tion. There are about twenty dif­fer­ent ser­vices need­ing vol­un­teers,” ex­plained the pres­i­dent.

“The Canada Games Mis­sion Staff is mostly made up of An­glo­phones so it makes the An­glo­phone and the bilin­gual commu- nity ex­tremely im­por­tant for this event. You don’t need to be bilin­gual to be a vol­un­teer. We’ll an­a­lyze peo­ple’s strengths and see what they de­sire to do and then put them in the ap­pro­pri­ate place,” com­mented Mr. Allen.

Those in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing can fill out a form on the Canada Games Sher­brooke 2013 web­site. There are six cat­e­gories of vol­un­teer age groups, go­ing from 14 and un­der to 65 and older, so they re­ally are look­ing for peo­ple of all ages. There are also three lev­els of vol­un­teers, de­pend­ing on how much time the vol­un­teers can com­mit to the event.

When asked whether all the venues for the Games would be ready in time, Mr. Allen re­sponded: “Ev­ery­thing is right on sched­ule. It is ab­so­lutely not an is­sue. Ev­ery site will have its own site di­rec­tor and sports di­rec­tor.”

“I’m sure it will be a great ex­pe­ri­ence for our re­gion. We en­cour­age ev­ery­body and any­body to par­tic­i­pate. We’ll be host­ing the rest of Canada in Au­gust!” con­cluded Mr. Allen.

Photo cour­tesy

Photo cour­tesy

Stand­ing be­hind the col­or­ful mas­cot of the Sher­brooke Canada Sum­mer Games are (l. to r.) Tom Quinn, pres­i­dent of the Canada Games Coun­cil, Tom Allen, pres­i­dent of the Board and Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Sher­brooke Canada Sum­mer Games 2013, Monique F. Ler­oux, pres­i­dent of the Sher­brooke Canada Sum­mer Games 2013 and the pres­i­dent of Mou­ve­ment Des­jardins, and Bernard Se­vi­gny, 1st vice-pres­i­dent of the Sher­brooke Canada Games and the mayor of Sher­brooke.

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