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Mayor Hopes to Harness Olympic Volunteer Support for Vital Civic Projects

At the first council meeting following the completion of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Mayor Robertson will be introducing a motion for the City to explore all possible legacy opportunities from the Games, including the creation of a Volunteer Team for the City of Vancouver based on the thousands of Olympic and Paralympic volunteers. “The Games were a phenomenal success, and we need to capitalize on the momentum,” said Mayor Robertson. “Work is already underway for transportation and arts legacies, but there is so much more we could be expanding on: public safety, accessibility, job creation, and of course volunteerism.”

The Mayor’s motion asks for the City Manager to report back at the earliest possible time on the broad impacts of the 2010 Winter Games, with recommendations on legacy opportunities. With the massive outpouring of volunteer support for the Games, Mayor Robertson wants the City to look at establishing a Vancouver Volunteer Team.

Such a team could assist with major city events and festivals, be trained for emergency preparedness, and take part in regular events like Keep Vancouver Spectacular.

During the 2010 Winter Games, over 25,000 people volunteered with VANOC, resulting in one of the most successful Games in history.

“The Games really highlighted that people in Vancouver are great volunteers, and are full of civic pride,” said Mayor Robertson. “There are many opportunities to help out, and creating a Vancouver Volunteer Team could be a great way to tap into the energy and enthusiasm from the Games for the long term.”

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