Search is on for 400 volunteers to man local portion of Ontario 55+ Summer Games

 

 

PrintBy Ron Giofu

 

The search is on for the 400 volunteers needed to man the Amherstburg portion of the 2014 Ontario 55+ Summer Games.

Organizers have put the call out for volunteers for the games, which sees nine of 18 events planned for Amherstburg with the other nine scheduled for Windsor. The games run Aug. 19-21 with 1,400 participants ages 55-and-over scheduled to come to the two host communities and use the 13 proposed venues.

Ontario 55+ Summer Games general manager Janis Cookson said they are in the early stages of trying to recruit volunteers. She said volunteers will receive “first class customer service training” with the hope that is used not only during the games, but for future events and also for the volunteers’ own businesses and careers.

“We’re hoping this leaves a legacy in our region with the volunteers,” she said.

The 2014 Ontario 55+ Summer Games is an Ontario government program delivered by Sports Alliance Ontario.

“The Ontario Games is successful because of all the volunteers that dedicate their time to putting on a successful games,” stated Sport Alliance Ontario CEO Blair McIntosh. “We have no doubt Windsor and Amherstburg’s volunteers will make these games a huge success.”

Cookson said they are working towards a balanced budget and they are separate from the town. She said the games will make use of existing facilities.

Co-chairs Tim Beaulieu of Amherstburg and Calvin Little of Windsor jointly stated in a press release that “both municipalities have the enthusiasm and expertise to help make these the best Ontario 55+ Summer Games ever and we applaud the Windsor-Essex region’s reputation for its high level of community involvement and support of important community events.”

The training session is mandatory for volunteers, as is a minimum of a six-hour shift. Accreditation, training, orientation and recognition will be offered to chosen volunteers. To submit your name for consideration, visit www.ontario55plussummergames.com or visit info2014@ontario55plussummergames.com.

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