Monday, November 9, 2009


After the buzz created last week when the Olympic Torch Relay passed through our region on its way to Vancouver, the thoughts of many have drifted to our OWN International Celebration of Sport and Culture being held March 6-13, 2010 right here in Grande Prairie!

2,500 star volunteers will help to showcase our community to the world, and with just four months left to go organizers have 926 registered.

Director of Volunteers, Linda Craik says although it seems like there’s still lots of time – in reality there’s not.

“Our registration process is really sophisticated. There are a few steps, but it allows us to ensure that volunteers are assigned to divisions and tasks that they enjoy, while also ensuring everyone – young, old, participants, volunteers, and spectators – are kept safe”.

All volunteers are required to complete an RCMP clearance allowing them to work with vulnerable sectors like children and seniors. Craik says there is no cost to the volunteer, but because of the processing time required it’s highly recommended that ALL volunteers register by January 1, 2010 in order to ensure their clearance is received in time for the Games.

Even once the accreditation process is complete she says the work is far from over, with scheduling and training to follow. In addition to any training required for their specific tasks, ALL Arctic Winter Games volunteers will receive FREE customer service training by the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association.

“In addition to being a great opportunity for athletic competition, cultural exchange and social interaction, the AHLA training provided to our volunteers provides a whole new element of personal & professional development.” Craik says it’s been a great incentive for employers to encourage their employees to get involved.


Online at www.awg2010.org:
Step 1 – Complete the Registration Form - indicate your interests & availability, and submit online
Step 2 – Download, Print & Complete the RCMP Clearance Form
Step 3 – Upload a Photo for your accreditation badge
Step 4 – Bring the completed RCMP Clearance Form to the Games Office with two pieces of government issued ID (one piece must have a photo, both must have your birthdate)

Or, Visit the Games Office in Ernie’s Sports Plaza, the Games Crew will walk you through the process.

For More Information on this, or other news stories click http://www.awg2010.org/news.aspx

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