Key Volunteer Rally Kicks Games Planning into High Gear

Key Volunteer Rally Kicks Games Planning into High Gear

Author: BC Summer Games/Thursday, November 28, 2013/Categories: 2014 BC Summer Games

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Spirits were high on November 19th, as over 120 community leaders gathered to celebrate at a Key Volunteer Rally for the Nanaimo 2014 BC Summer Games. The event marked a major milestone in the planning process, as it provided an opportunity for all of the Presidents, Liaisons, Directors and Chairs from the host community, to meet together for the first time. As each one of these volunteers plays a unique and integral role in the execution of the Games, it was important for the group to collaborate and communicate in the early stages of the planning process. 

The event kicked off with a presentation from the WorldHost Games Time Training Service, structured to provide volunteers with the tools they need to create a memorable experience for event participants, guests and spectators. With a heavy focus on customer service, volunteers were encouraged to communicate and collaborate with their peers as much as possible; opening up the lines of communication between the group, and allowing them to collectively brainstorm ideas for each aspect of the Games.

The presentation was also designed to provide volunteers a clear picture of the organizational structure of the BC Games Society. This group of 120 key volunteers is tasked with the daunting challenge of managing over 3,200 volunteers, so understanding organizational structure is key to maintaining effective communication throughout the event. 

The evening wasn’t all work and no play. Once the presentation from WorldHost wrapped up, volunteers were treated to a fabulous performance from the Vibe Dance troupe. Following this, multiple dignitaries from the BC Games Society spoke to the group and applauded their efforts; noting that the Games would not be successful without their hard work. Mayor John Ruttan also commended the group for the huge commitment and contribution they were making to the community.

The evening ended on a high note with Coast Capital Savings announcing a new three-year corporate partnership with the BC Games; establishing their commitment to developing BC’s young athletes.

Overall, the evening was a huge success, with the group leaving energized and excited about the road ahead. While these key volunteers have a long journey ahead of them, the volunteer rally was a huge step in the right direction for this host community.

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Media Contact:

Erin MacDonald

PR Chair, Nanaimo 2014 BC Summer Games
erinmacd19@gmail.com

(250) 668-7294

Photo courtesy of Dirk Heydemann:
Volunteer Diana Johnstone shows off her new BC Games jacket.

Have a look at more photos from the event on Flickr.
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