Save the Date - Volunteer Futures 2010
Volunteer BC will host the Volunteer Futures Conference September 24 -25 at the Four Points by Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond. This conference is Volunteer BCs annual training event for volunteer sector leaders from around the province. It is a forum where members of the volunteer community come together to learn, consider ways to grow and develop their organizations, and draw energy and inspiration from interactions with others in BCs voluntary sector. See the Volunteer BC website for details and registration information.
Volunteers Make Another Games a Success
The Township of Langley hosted the 2010 BC Summer Games July 22-25. Volunteers prepared and served food, drove courtesy cars, marshalled athletes, took photographs, assisted with scorekeeping, and so much more. In all, over 2400 volunteers were assigned to 80 tasks/positions in over 120 areas of operation - quite an undertaking! Over 150 of these volunteers were involved in the planning of the Games, which began in April 2009 (14 months prior).
"Volunteers are the cornerstone of the Games." says President and CEO of the BC Games Society, Kelly Mann. "They truly do make the Games happen - they put in countless hours and an unbelievable amount of energy. They showed their community pride and commitment by serving the 3340 athletes, coaches, and officials at the Games."
Athletes had high praise for the volunteers. They said "the volunteers were really nice and helpful... they were amazing." ... and so did their families - one parent wrote: "Thank you to all of the volunteers that made this event happen, it really is appreciated!"
Some volunteer stats from the Games:
- almost 60% of the volunteers for the Games live in the Township of Langley area
- almost 30% of the volunteers had positions with a sport
- 58% of the volunteers were female
- the youngest volunteer was 7; the oldest was 89; 18% were under 19; average age was 39
For more information about the 2010 BC Summer Games or future BC Games, visit www.bcgames.org.
Volunteer BC Photo Contest Winners
Each year Volunteer BC hosts a National Volunteer Week Photo contest. Many inspriing images of volunteers at work were received. Volunteer BC would like to thank all the participants of this contest for their great photo entries. Check out the top 3 winning photos that captured this year’s theme: Volunteerism: Connecting with Community.
Place: National Volunteer Week ChalkFest – Comox Valley
2nd Place: Vancouver Island
Place: Youth Mural Painting - Comox Valley Arts Council