Games community awareness event set

Games community awareness event set

Author: BC Summer Games/Tuesday, January 5, 2016/Categories: Front Page, 2016 News, 2016 BC Summer Games

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by Ben Lypka - Abbotsford News

posted Jan 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM— updated Jan 4, 2016 at 1:49 PM 

The countdown is on for the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford, and later this month organizers are set to get the word out in a big way. 

Games officials are putting together a community awareness event on Jan. 23, with the goal being to increase the awareness base of the event and attract volunteers. 

Event president Steve Carlton said the event will take over two main local locations, and also have five smaller sites set up around Abbotsford. The Abbotsford Recreation Centre and Matsqui Recreation Centre are the primary sites for the community awareness event, with food, refreshments and prize giveaways from 1 to 4 p.m at both locations. Swims and skates will also be offered for $2 on that afternoon. 

“Instead of having a ceremony and inviting the public to hear us talk, we’re going to go out into the public and meet them where they are,” Carlton said. “ARC and MRC are our primary sites and the city has dropped regular price admissions to a toonie for locals on that day to go along with our event.” 

Tents and information booths will also be set up at five other local locations on Jan. 23, with Games officials targeting popular stores such as Costco, Save-On Foods and Canadian Tire. 

Carlton said the volunteer base for the event is solid, but another 2,500 people are needed in advance of the Games. 

“We’re on track for volunteers and we’ve had a lot of people sign up but we’re waiting for the flood of volunteers to come, which we anticipate will come after our community awareness event and the torch lighting ceremony later this year,” he said. 

“The community has responded really well, and we’ve brought on many local businesses and organizations as sponsors. It’s been a wonderful response so far.” 

The community awareness event runs on Jan. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. The next big event for the Games is the torchlighting ceremony, which occurs at the Matsqui Auditorium on April 13. 

Visit for more information on the event and for details on how to volunteer. The BC Summer Games runs from July 21 to 24 at various venues across Abbotsford.


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