Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Academic community joins the Vancouver 2010 team

Last Friday, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) introduced the Community Contributor Program, a new partnership opportunity designed to engage community groups in the Games.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Capilano University, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Langara College today became the first to officially take part in the initiative, which currently includes colleges and universities providing essential services and resources to VANOC as part of a value-in-kind agreement. VANOC plans to expand the program to other interested community groups able to provide property and programs needed to stage successful Games.
"We look forward to engaging students and staff as part of our Workforce team to help us deliver an extraordinary Olympic and Paralympic experience that will leave lasting legacies for all", said Donna Wilson, executive vice president of workforce for VANOC.
Through the Community Contributor Program, universities and colleges will provide services, including parking spaces that are essential to VANOC’s overall transportation plan and Park and Ride program for spectators using the Olympic Bus Network to travel to venues in Whistler from Vancouver. Schools will also provide classroom space for training volunteers and other members of the VANOC workforce. In addition, students, some staff and faculty from participating universities and colleges will be available for co-op, internship and volunteer opportunities with VANOC.
In exchange for their support, Community Contributors receive a wide range of domestic rights and benefits that create a close association with the Games including various advertising, promotional and workforce opportunities, such as a volunteer recruitment symposium provided by VANOC on the campus of each participating university and college.
VANOC is also working closely with participating universities and colleges to connect students with the Paralympic Winter Games. VANOC hopes to raise awareness of and enthusiasm for adaptive sport, enhance the appreciation of the remarkable abilities of Paralympic athletes and increase disability awareness and the importance of accessibility.