Celebrating 25 years of Partnership

Celebrating 25 years of Partnership

Author: BC Games Society/Friday, February 14, 2014/Categories: 2014 News

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In the increasingly competitive world of sport sponsorship long lasting agreements and partnerships are few and far between.  So it is a valued situation for the BC Games Society to be able to celebrate 25 years of partnership with Jazz Air.

Given the challenges of the airline industry, especially in the last 10 years, Jazz has continued to be a Corporate Partner of the BC Games Society supporting our athletes, volunteers, and communities.  From the original days as Air BC and then with Air Canada and now Jazz, the company has had an unwavering belief in the importance of the BC Games for youth and communities.

"This year marks 25 great years of partnership between Jazz and the BC Games Society, said Scott Tapson, Vice President of Customer Experience for Jazz Air.  “On behalf of all Jazz employees, including our 800 employees in British Columbia, we would like to thank the BC Games Society for this tremendous opportunity to support the Games, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship in the future."

The BC Games is more that a sport competition, it is a milestone event that people count as an experience of a lifetime.  For many athletes, the Games experience begins with a charter flight on Jazz from their hometown to the host community where they arrive with great anticipation and excitement for what lies ahead.  

BC Games Society President and CEO Kelly Mann said, “Jazz is a true partner in every sense of the word and we consider the company an honoured member of our Corporate Partner family.  The support of the BC Games ensures that young athletes can continue to live their dreams and pursue sport to the highest level.”

For 25 years, Graeme Roberts has been the face of Air Canada and Jazz at the BC Games.  Originally he was the Chair of Air BC, and represented the company at the Games, but as the partnership evolved, Robert’s enthusiasm and love for the event made him the perfect person to be named as Community Ambassador.  He has attended over 60 BC Games events in 25 years including the Summer, Winter, Seniors, Northern, and Disability Games.  “I cannot think of having been given a more enviable opportunity to represent a Corporate Partner in such rewarding and heartwarming circumstances,” said Roberts.  “The generous and highly visible contribution to communities and the support for amateur sport is like the traditional ‘motherhood and apple pie’, recognized, loved, and appreciated by one and all.”

Next week, seven Jazz charter flights arrive into the Abbotsford airport with over 250 participants ready for the Mission 2014 BC Winter Games which run February 20-23.

Thank you Jazz for all you have done for the past 25 years and for continuing to support the BC Games and the dreams of athletes from across British Columbia.

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