Tuesday, December 9, 2008
December 9, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
General Manager for 2010 Arctic Winter Games Announced
The 2010 Arctic Winter Games and Grande Prairie Regional College are pleased to announce the appointment of François Fournier as General Manager of the Games to be held in Grande Prairie in March, 2010.
Fournier is the Athletic Director in the department of Physical Education, Athletics and Kinesiology at GPRC, and has been released from that position to fulfill this role for 2010 Arctic Winter Games. GPRC allowed its staff to apply for the 18-month position as part of the college’s
commitment to support the host committee. The City of Grande Prairie offered the same opportunity.
“François brings to our Games extensive knowledge and experience in sports and sport-based volunteer organizations locally and at a national and international level,” said Debbie Reid, president of the 2010 Arctic Winter Games. “That combined with his “get it done” attitude and the
relationships that he has built up over the years within the sport community really make him an excellent addition to our team.
“Securing an individual with François’ level of expertise for an 18-month period was certainly facilitated by the overwhelming support and commitment extended to the Games by the College and the City.”
“GPRC is proud to be a resource for our community as we prepare to host athletes and cultural participants of the circumpolar countries,” said Don Gnatiuk, president of Grande Prairie Regional College. “We recognize that this position requires a highly qualified individual who would be difficult to recruit for a short term appointment. Giving our employees the opportunity to apply for the position without risking their College jobs is part of our ongoing support for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games.
“I congratulate François on this appointment, and also congratulate the Games host committee on their selection of a highly effective manager with vast athletic experience.”
François Fournier has had extensive experience in athletic and events management nationally and internationally. He has worked in the promotion of professional football teams, and at the College has worked in enrolment management, public relations, and fundraising prior to his current position as Athletic Director. In 2007, Fournier was named Athletic Director of the Year by the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association.
“The timing of this opportunity was good,” Fournier said of his decision to seek the General Manager position. “Many long-term plans have been put into motion for Athletics at the College, and I will return in time to put them into action. Meanwhile, I have been involved with the 2010 Arctic Winter Games since Grande Prairie was awarded the Games, and I am looking forward to this opportunity to give the event my full attention.
“I have great admiration for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games team – they are passionate to make this a great event and the coming months are going to be very rewarding for us all.”
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For more information contact:
Debbie Reid, President
2010 Arctic Winter Games
Don Gnatiuk, President
Grande Prairie Regional College
Available Tuesday, December 9 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
The Arctic Winter Games is a high profile circumpolar sport and cultural event for northern participants who reside north of the 55th
parallel. Grande Prairie will host the 21st Arctic Winter Games, and is the southern-most community to host the Games, which will be
held from March 6-13, 2010.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
December 3, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TELUS Connects with the 2010 Arctic Winter Games as First Diamond Sponsor
Grande Prairie, Alberta – The 2010 Arctic Winter Games received a huge boost today, announcing that TELUS has come on board as the Games’ first Diamond Sponsor. TELUS’ sponsorship, which puts them in the +$200,000 “Diamond” category, comes in the form of both gift-in-kind and cash.
“We are proud to welcome TELUS as our first corporate Diamond sponsor for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games,” said Debbie Reid, 2010 Games president. “Their sponsorship is a huge step forward as TELUS is not only providing us with goods that we will need to successfully operate our games, but they have also committed funds to be used for our operating budget. This is a gift that will benefit our youth and our community in a very big way.”
TELUS will provide the 2010 Games with phone installation services, cell phones for Games staff and volunteers, promotional signage on its downtown building, and items for special events. In addition, seventy-five thousand dollars has been committed in funds to cover operational expenses for the Games, which are less than a year-and-a-half away.
“At TELUS, we are committed to connecting Canadians with the sports they love and make real, long-term connections to the communities where our employees work, live and play,” said Steve Podborski, TELUS director of Sport Marketing. “As sponsor of the 2010 Arctic Winter Games in Grande Prairie, TELUS is proud to support the community, and proud to give a boost to these athletes and help them realize their dreams.”
With the Games taking place at several locations throughout the City and County of Grande Prairie, communications is critical for the 2010 Games team. This past summer, it was announced that 21 sports will be featured at the 2010 Arctic Winter Games. For the first time in Games history, freestyle skiing was added to the roster. In addition, cultural epresentatives from each of the delegations participate at venues throughout the Games.
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For more information contact:
Debbie Reid, President
2010 Arctic Winter Games
TELUS Media Relations
The Arctic Winter Games is a high profile circumpolar sport and cultural event for northern participants who reside north of the 55th parallel. Grande Prairie will host the 21st Arctic Winter games, and is the southern-most community to host the Games, which will be held from March 6-13, 2010.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.5 billion of annual revenue and 11.5 million customer connections including 6 million wireless subscribers, 4.3 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $113 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
November 27, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Community Invited to the 2010 Arctic Winter Games Warm-Up Event
Grande Prairie, Alberta – The community is invited to join the fun at a “Warm-Up” party after this Sunday’s Santa Claus parade. The family event, hosted by the 2010 Arctic Winter Games, will be held at Muskoseepi Park from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sunday, November 30.
There will be free hot chocolate and cookies, colouring activities, an Arctic Sport demonstration and a chance to find out how you can volunteer for this international sport and cultural event, to be held in our city from March 6-13, 2010.
You’ll also get a chance to take your picture with the Arctic Winter Games pachyrhinosuarus mascot and Grande Prairie’s newest citizen. The dinosaur mascot was “hatched” from an egg at last Sunday’s Storm Game. Submissions for a name for the 2010 Games mascot are welcome at Sunday’s Warm-Up event or by logging in online at www.awg2010.org.
The Arctic Winter Games is a high profile sport competition and cultural event for northern athletes and performers. Since their inception in 1970, the Games now include participants from Alaska, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, northern Alberta, northern Quebec (Nunavik), the Russian province of Yamal, Greenland, and the Sami people of Norway and Finland. Grande Prairie will be the southern-most city to host the Games, to be held from March 6-13, 2010.
President, 2010 Arctic Winter Games
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The 2010 Arctic Winter Games are a participant focused circumpolar celebration of sport and culture, inspiring a legacy of individual and community growth.
Grande Prairie will be the most southern community to ever host the Games, which are held biennielly and feature competitors & performers from North of the 55th parallel. Participating contingents for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games in Grande Prairie include:
- Northwest Territories
- Nunavik (Quebec)
- Northern Alberta
- Sami (Norway/Sweden/Finland/Russia)
Athletes and cultural performers will come to Grande Prairie full of talent, dreams, and unlimited potential. These games will give them the chance to realize their dreams, and in turn inspire others.
Find Your Way to the Games!
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