Hunt for BC Summer Games volunteers underway

Ernie Daykin, Brenda Norrie and Kim Dumore were drumming up support for the Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games outside the Save-On-Foods at Westgate Shopping Centre on Saturday (Jan 25). (Ronan O’Doherty photo - THE NEWS)
Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games organizers were pumped up start their volunteer drive. (Contributed photo)
A volunteer signs up for the games in July. (Contributed photo)
A possible future games participant gets her photo taken with Brenda Norrie. (Contributed photo)

With the city’s largest sporting event of the year less than six months away, the organizers of the Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games spread out across town last Saturday (Jan 25) to get the word out to its residents.

Grocery shoppers might have noticed excited people in blue jackets at one of four Save-On Foods locations in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows encouraging them to get involved with the games.

The organizers are looking for up to 2,800 volunteers to ensure all the events run smoothly, so an all-hands-on-deck approach was used in their kick-off event.

Kim Dumore, director of participant and volunteer services for the games said they were able to sign up just shy of 200 volunteers during the community awareness project.

“People were super stoked to hear that the games were coming to town and really wanted to help out as much as they can,” she said, “So I think it’s about building the buzz and moving things along and getting people jazzed-up between now and the games.”

READ MORE: B.C. Summer Games coming to Ridge in 2020

Although, they are still quite short of their volunteer goal, Dumore said the organizers are pleased with the start.

“We just want to build the numbers,” she said, “I think that building the momentum is amazing.”

The organizers are now working on a recruitment strategy as part of their marketing plan.

“There’s going to be lots of shoulder tapping and asking everyone to get involved,” Dumore said of their grass roots approach, adding they are hoping people will sign up on their own accord but need to keep popping up at local events to make sure they are front of mind.

“We’re coming to the pool opening on the 23rd of February and we’ll be at the farmer’s market, the Hometown Heroes event and various different pop-up opportunities,” she said.

Dumore wanted to stress volunteering for the games is not a one-size-fits-all situation.

“We’re working to let people know that they don’t have to commit to the full period of time. They can commit to a small period; a day here or a day there. The minimum expectation is a four hour shift, so anything above that is a bonus [for us].”

READ MORE: BC Summer Games connect a community

She also pointed out people of all ages and abilities are welcome to volunteer, adding, doing so can be very rewarding.

“It feels good to give and especially since we’re having this amazing event in Maple Ridge. It’s going to draw tons of people to our community and we want to show it off in an amazing light.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can register online at bcsummergames.ca.



ronan.p.odoherty@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

BC Gamesvolunteers

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Significant snowfall forecast for Interior mountain passes

Allison Pass, the Okanagan Connector, Rogers Pass and Kootenay Pass could see 15 to 25 cm of snow

UPDATE: SD78 launches COVID-19 web portal, plans learning opportunities

Learning opportunity plans slated for unveiling April 6

UFVRD launches online crime reporting portal

Select, non-emergency crimes can now be reported through web site

B.C. COVID-19 contact restrictions working, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

’Not out of the woods yet’ as next two weeks are critical

Trudeau announces 75% wage subsidy for small businesses amid COVID-19

This is up from the previously announced 10 per cent wage subsidy

World update, 9:30 p.m. March 27: Positive news in Korea as U.S. hits 100,000 cases

The United States now has the most coronavirus cases of any country in the world

VIDEO: Penguins roam empty halls of Vancouver Aquarium

COVID-19 has forced the Vancouver Aquarium to close access to guests – leaving room for its residents

Kids get back to learning in B.C., online

Ministry of Education rolls out new tool for school

67 more B.C. COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Vancouver region

Positive tests found in Surrey, Langley long-term care facilities

‘Now is not the time to bag that peak’: BCSAR manager discourages risky outdoor adventures

Call volumes are not going down, even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists

Food Banks BC already seeing surge in demand due to COVID-19 pandemic

Executive director Laura Lansink said they expect applications will keep increasing

Nanaimo couple caught aboard cruise ship with four dead and COVID-19 present

Four ‘older guests’ have died on Holland America’s Zaandam; cruise line confirms two COVID-19 cases

Frontline workers receiving COVID-19 isolation exemptions prompt concerns

Provincial Health Authority staff exempt from self-isolation upon return from international travel

Most Read