Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Week Full of Milestones Makes for a Weekend FULL of Celebration

A week full of milestones for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games will wrap up this Saturday with a HUGE community celebration from 10:00am-3:00pm at Montrose Cultural Centre.

The Volunteer Rally is the second of three that will be held by the Games’ Host Society prior to the Games, and Director of Volunteers Linda Craik says the event is meant to celebrate our existing volunteers as much as to recruit new ones!

“This week we reached a few major milestones: This Thursday marked exactly ONE HUNDRED days to the Games, and as if that wasn’t enough cause for celebration we’ve also registered our ONE-THOUSANDTH volunteer!” says Craik.

A total of 2,500 volunteers are needed to bring the Games to Grande Prairie, and Craik says although we still have a long way to go, this milestone certainly helps to prove what organizers have been saying all along; the people of Grande Prairie and area are committed to making these Games a reality for our community!

Craik says every volunteer that registers is just as important as the last, regardless of what number they are. But, she says there is something particularly noteworthy about our #1000. Having just moved to Grande Prairie, Timothy Way was looking for a way to get involved in his new community when the Games Crew visited his place of employment to conduct on-site volunteer registration. He signed up that day, showing his commitment to the community after only one week of calling Grande Prairie home.

Games President Debbie Reid says it’s exactly that sense of community that is exemplified by our volunteers. “Although the majority of volunteers are needed for work DURING the Games, many of those that registered early are already getting involved, by donating their time to help with pre-Games events like parades, community displays, and events like this weekend’s Volunteer Rally.”

Craik says whether you’re planning to register at the rally or you’re one of the many volunteers already helping to make these games a success, EVERYONE IS WELCOME at the celebration this Saturday.

- Volunteer Registration at the Rally - Chance to Win HOURLY prizes

- Celebrate Aluk’s First Birthday – with birthday cake, and ‘Aluk’s Kids Corner’

- Take in Arctic Sport Demonstrations and Cultural Performances

- Check out a LIVE Games Gear Fashion Show

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

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