Nanaimo Volunteers Put Community First

Nanaimo Volunteers Put Community First

by Jenn Houtby-Ferguson

Author: BC Games Society/Wednesday, August 6, 2014/Categories: 2014 BC Summer Games

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Hosting the largest event in Nanaimo in more than a decade is no small task.  More than 3,200 volunteers were recruited for the 2014 BC Summer Games; nearly one volunteer for every athlete. From bus drivers to boxed lunches, volunteers were the backbone of the 2014 BC Summer Games. 

The Realtors from Re/Max of Nanaimo were the largest organization to volunteer with more than 45 agents giving their time to the Games.  Re/Max of Nanaimo Realtors received a standing ovation from the volunteers for hosting the Volunteer Appreciation event. 

“Our Realtors have a long history of supporting the community. These Games were a major community event and the agents wanted to support the volunteers in a meaningful way” says Ian Thompson, Volunteer and Re/Max of Nanaimo Realtor.  “As a father and grandfather, I believe sport is essential for skills development for the next generation of our community.”

Giving back to the community was a common theme among volunteers.  Paul Jay & Carter Power were two of 70 photographers volunteering their time and expertise to capture those golden moments on film.  “I loved the opportunity to give back to the community” Jay says.  “And to witness first-hand the enthusiasm of all involved. It was an incredible experience!”

Power adds; “the kids and their coaches put their hearts and souls on the line for 3 days of competition. It was my pleasure to capture those memories.”

Images from the 2014 BC Summer Games can be downloaded free of charge on Flickr.

The Games by the Numbers:

40,000 meals served in four days

10,500 boxed lunches including 7,000 slices of cheese!

3,200 Games-time volunteers

70,000+ volunteer hours

3,182 athletes, coaches and officials

22 sports

19 venues

9,000 images taken

$930,000 + raised in the community



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