VolWeb Transfered to Community Partners

Author: BC Games Society/Thursday, May 27, 2010/Categories: 2010 News

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2010 LEGACIES NOW TRANSFERS VOLUNTEER LISTING WEBSITE TO COMMUNITY PARTNERS

 
Vancouver, B.C. (May 27, 2010) – 2010 Legacies Now is pleased to announce the transfer of
volunteer website VolWeb.ca to the BC Games Society, who will work in partnership with
Volunteer BC to oversee its operations, database of volunteers and organizations, and long-term direction. As part of its strategic plan, 2010 Legacies Now is transferring programs such as
VolWeb.ca to trusted partners to ensure communities continue to benefit from these investments as a legacy of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
 
VolWeb.ca (www.VolWeb.ca), a website that connects British Columbians to volunteer positions
in their community, was launched in 2005 by 2010 Legacies Now with support from Volunteer BC and the Province of British Columbia. BC Games Society, an organization known for its
professionalism and work with communities across B.C., and Volunteer BC, the voice of
volunteerism in the province, will work together to ensure VolWeb.ca maintains its innovative
spirit and exceptional quality.
 
VolWeb.ca currently has a database of more than 11,000 volunteers and 2,000 registered events and organizations. The website will remain the same and continue to connect volunteers with local, short-term, event-based volunteer opportunities.
 
“The BC Games Society is well known for its community connections and we are certain
VolWeb.ca will thrive under its leadership and partnership with Volunteer BC,” said Bruce Dewar, CEO of 2010 Legacies Now.
 
Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society added: “VolWeb.ca is a long-term legacy of the 2010 Winter Games that gives people the chance to make a positive impact in their community, supporting local events such as festivals, fundraisers, sport competitions and more. The BC Games Society is pleased to bring our community connections to this important project.”
 
“Volunteer BC is pleased to be a part of the legacies of the 2010 Winter Games,” said Kelina
Kwan, President of Volunteer BC. “VolWeb.ca has been a unique resource and has proven to be an easy way for the volunteer sector to connect online. We look forward to working on the future growth of this legacy and developing an even stronger relationship with the BC Games Society and the volunteer community.”
 
“Every day, volunteers contribute to the success of local sporting events, festivals and fundraisers that improve the lives of people in communities across this province,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing and Social Development. “Through 2010 Legacies Now, we’re pleased to build on the spirit of volunteerism by helping the BC Games Society promote access to volunteer opportunities at the community level.”
 
For the past 10 years, 2010 Legacies Now has worked with over 4,000 organizations and groups to see all B.C. communities discovering and creating lasting legacies leading up to 2010 and beyond. To ensure the work that 2010 Legacies Now achieved leading up to the 2010 Winter Games continues, it is strategically transferring many of its programs to partner organizations. Moving forward, 2010 Legacies Now will transition away from program delivery to focus on working with innovative non-profit organizations to achieve major social change in two areas: literacy and lifelong learning, and sport and healthy living. 2010 Legacies Now will work with these organizations to significantly improve and expand their social reach by providing funding, business planning, strategic advice, mentorship and other support.
 
For more information on the future of 2010 Legacies Now, please visit
www.2010LegaciesNow.com/moving-forward/ or www.2010andBeyond.ca.
 
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Media contacts:
Kelly Mann
President and CEO
BC Games Society
250–387-1375
kellym@bcgames.org
 
Kelina Kwan
President
Volunteer BC
604-873-5877
volunteerbc@gmail.com
 
Karen Lee
Manager, Communications
2010 Legacies Now
778-331-8647
klee@2010LegaciesNow.com
 
About 2010 Legacies Now
2010 Legacies Now is the first organization of its kind that has taken an innovative approach to
leveraging the 2010 Winter Games. A not-for-profit society, 2010 Legacies Now works in
partnership with community organizations, non-government organizations, the private sector and all levels of government to assist communities in discovering and creating inclusive social and economic opportunities. More than two million British Columbians in 400 communities and
neighbourhoods have benefited from investments made by 2010 Legacies Now, and many of its
programs will endure beyond the Games.
 
About BC Games Society
The mission of the BC Games Society is to provide an opportunity for the development of
athletes, coaches and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport
environment which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual
achievement, and community development.
 
About Volunteer BC
For almost 30 years, Volunteer BC has been the provincial leader in promoting the value and
impact of volunteerism and enhancing the abilities of volunteer-involving organizations.
Volunteer BC’s mission is to be a strong and relevant provincial voice in promoting the
development and value of volunteerism in B.C. by working cooperatively with volunteer centres,
voluntary organizations, governments, business, and volunteer-involving organizations
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