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BC Games president and CEO Kelly Mann was in Langley twice last week. First to speak to the chamber of commerce on Tuesday, then to hear local committee progress reports on Friday. He took a brief break that afternoon to enjoy some of the sunshine, perched on the base of the 16-foot torch currently sitting out in front of the Langley Events Centre.

by Roxanne Hooper

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Local companies can assist by sending their staff members to volunteer for one or more shifts.

Aldergrove Credit Union is taking up the challenge, as is the Langley Advance, and the Township of Langley. They’re encouraging staff to volunteer for the BC Summer Games in Langley next month, offering paid time off to assist with this massive four-day event. BC Games president and CEO Kelly Mann was in town last week asking local companies to step up and help, and his speech obviously inspired at least a few local business people to get involved in this fashion – including Denni Bonetti branch manager in Murrayville. During his speech at the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting, Mann explained the economic spin-offs from the Games, as well as other legacies the event will leave behind. “The Games are about community. How better to know about a community than through the people in the chamber,” he told a crowd of about 130 who seemed anxious to learn how to become part of the BC Summer Games when it comes to Langley July 22-25. As part of his presentation, Mann also issued a challenge to businesses to step up and help. “It doesn’t have to be a cheque. Giving of someone’s time is a great contribution to a Games of this size,” he said. “If you’re a business, small or large, there’s a piece of that puzzle you can bite off and handle,” Mann added, pointing to a team of restaurants in Burnaby that challenged each other to staff the athlete cafeteria during a previous Games. Each of the restaurants, boasting their company colours, showed up with mascots. They worked hard serving up food to the hungry athletes in cafeteria-style lines. But they served up a little fun, as well, using banter and games to lure more athletes through their lineups, versus their competitors. This friendly rivalry made for an enjoyable experience for all the volunteers, while also creating a fun atmosphere for the young athletes, Mann said of the example. Another restaurant could send in a crew for a few hours a day to help Games volunteers pack thousands of bag lunches. Or a local bar could assist with cleanup. The opportunities are plentiful, Mann said. And not all of them revolve around food, he assured. Mann has seen banks and financial institutions enjoy a similar good-hearted rivalry by taking over volunteer responsibilities for the different athlete dorms. Since there will be 19 accommodation sites in Langley, each running on a 24-hour clock for the duration of the Games, Mann said a lot of people are needed there. Companies could develop a bit of a competition to

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see which hosts are the most fun – as ranked by the athletes. Other companies could assist with security at any of the 18 venues, or parking and traffic direction is going to be huge during the opening ceremonies. Many hands make light work, and you don’t have to be an expert to help with the thousands of support jobs required in making the Games happen, he said. As of Monday, there were about 1,500 volunteers already registered. But organizers need 3,000 to 4,000 will be needed to make the Games a success. “You guys are ahead of the curve in terms of volunteer recruitment,” he told the Langley Advance. While local organizers are worried more volunteers aren’t signed up yet, Mann said that’s always the case. Worry not. People will come through, and the level of service to the athletes will be impressive, Mann added in assurance. They just have to know how they can help. To volunteer, as an individual or as a group, go online to www.2010bcsummergames.or call the Games office at 604-881-2010 to register as a volunteer. “Embrace what you’re about to have,” Mann said.

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