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October 14, 2004 - Canada Games reaching out to volunteers

October 14, 2004

Canada Games reaching out to volunteers

Thousands needed to host biggest event in Regina's history

The Canada Games are looking for a helping hand. Actually, they are looking for thousands of them.

More than 5,000 volunteers will be required to help stage the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina, Moose Jaw, Lumsden and Saskatchewan Beach from August 6-20, 2005. To help fill that void, the 2005 Canada Games Host Society launched its volunteer recruitment campaign at separate events in Regina and Moose Jaw today.

"The strength of events hosted in Saskatchewan has always been the volunteer support, and the 2005 Canada Summer Games will be no exception," said Deb Barker, Vice-President of Volunteer Services for the 2005 Canada Summer Games. "This will be the largest event ever hosted in Regina, and I know the volunteer community is up to the challenge. From driving to directing traffic to raking a pit at the track, there are opportunities for everyone."

The 2005 Canada Games Host Society also announced that SaskEnergy has joined the Canada Games team as the Champion of Volunteers, through its sponsorship of the Volunteer division.

"SaskEnergy's support and assistance will help ensure that athletes, coaches, mission staff, volunteers, fans and visitors from across the country have a memorable experience at the 2005 Canada Summer Games," said Dean Reeve, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, SaskEnergy. "Our employees strongly believe in sharing their volunteer energy with communities across the province, so the Champion of Volunteers sponsorship for the Canada Summer Games was a natural fit for our company."

"It's because of Saskatchewan's highest rate of volunteer participation in Canada that we're able to host events of this size. Our volunteers have a well-earned national reputation for sharing their genuine hospitality and friendship," said Warren McCall, MLA, Regina Elphinstone Centre.

For the 2005 Canada Summer Games, the Host Society has made the commitment that at least 10 per cent of the volunteers will be of Aboriginal descent. This is the first time in Canada Games history that such a commitment has been made. Efforts are also being made to recruit members of the francophone community, as well as youth and new volunteers in order to help create a volunteering legacy for future events in the area.

All volunteers will receive general orientation, venue and job specific training. Every effort will be made to place volunteers in their preferred roles and venues.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, or to apply on-line, please visit the 2005 Canada Summer Games web site at www.2005jeuxducanadagames.ca. Volunteers may also mail an application form to the 2005 Canada Summer Games Office, located at 100 - 1777 Victoria Avenue in Regina. Application forms are available at the 2005 Canada Summer Games Office, SaskEnergy offices in Regina and Moose Jaw, Regina City Hall, Moose Jaw City Hall and the University of Regina.

The Canada Summer Games will be held from August 6-20, 2005 in Regina and the surrounding communities of Moose Jaw, Lumsden and Saskatchewan Beach. More than 4,500 athletes, coaches, managers and officials from the 10 provinces and three territories will participate in the Games. The event is also expected to attract more than 200 members of the media, 750 VIPs and 12,000 visitors.

The Canada Games - Canada's premiere multi-sport event - are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter sports, at locations across Canada. The first Canada Games were held in 1967 in Quebec City as part of Canada's Centennial celebrations. The 2005 Canada Summer Games will coincide with Saskatchewan's Centennial. The Canada Games are the product of co-operation between the Government of Canada, provincial and territorial governments, host municipalities and the Canada Games Council.

For more information, please contact:

Morghan Elliot
Marketing Coordinator
2005 Canada Summer Games
Work: (306) 780-9835
e-mail: melliot2005csg@sasktel.net
Candace Weimer
Work: (306) 777-9048
e-mail: cweimer@saskenergy.com