Vancouver 2010 Volunteer Legacy
It is hard to believe that almost 10 months has passed since Vancouver hosted the world at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. With the Games behind us a common topic is the legacy of the Games as applied to various sectors. Many people expect that there is now a legacy of volunteers in BC. But, if you look a bit further there has actually been no research done to show that hosting the Olympics and Paralympics creates a volunteer legacy.
Dr. Tracy Dickson from the University of Canberra and her colleges have embarked on a research study supported by the IOC and IPC and VANOC to see if in fact volunteering at the Games leads to an increase in numbers of volunteers post-Games and if volunteering increases, which organizations are benefiting.
The research is currently being conducted with the results expected in the coming year. It will be valuable information for any large scale sport event to plan more effectively for a volunteer legacy.
International Volunteer Day - December 5
In 1985, the United Nations General Assembly established International Volunteer Day (IVD) to commemorate the contributions and dedication of volunteers worldwide.
Volunteers and volunteer organizations are encouraged to share your stories of positive volunteer experineces with your network.
Feature Volunteer - Barry Sherman
Barry Sherman is a technical support representative for a disabled lift company, a hockey enthusiast, self taught computer buff, sci-fi fanatic, husband, father of four and an exceptional Volweb.ca Volunteer!
Barry started volunteering after he hung up his skates after 15 years of recreational hockey. He thinks that volunteering is about doing your part; it can be humbling and a good learning experience. When asked what he likes most about volunteering, Barry replied, “The people you meet, the experience of the particular service, being a part of something bigger than yourself, and making a difference.”
Due to shoulder surgery, Barry was unable to do much in 2009, but he recovered by February 2010 and was very excited about volunteering for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. He was assigned as a T2 driver taking care of the World Anti Doping Association and was able to see every venue except curling. At first he was disappointed about not continuing with the hockey side of things, but ended up having a much better experience in the position he was assigned, in other words "Hey! You never know! The Olympics was the experience of a lifetime!"
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