EDITORIAL: Prepare to get your game on

The countdown is officially on.

There’s just one week until Greater Vernon hosts B.C. for the Winter Games.

In case you haven’t noticed, this is a big deal folks. Or so it should be.

Thousands of our province’s best young athletes, coaches, proud parents and siblings and support staff will soon converge on our not so little city.

These athletes, some of whom hail right from our region, have worked immensely hard to get to this point and we should all be out there cheering them on.

But as much as the Games are about, well, games, this is also our time to shine.

Just think Vancouver Olympics scaled down a notch or two.

As the host city for such a prestigious event, we should proudly be showing off just how great Greater Vernon is.

This is the time to boast our great amenities like Silver Star and Sovereign Lake. Feel free to brag up that great little cafe, diner or trendy little shop.

In turn, the support received will give, if even temporary, a boost to our region’s economy.

But it’s not just about seeing what Greater Vernon has to offer, it’s feeling it.

We want all our visitors to remember us fondly, perhaps with the following impression:

“People are so friendly in Vernon, and Armstrong is so beautiful, let’s bring the kids back there for summer break. I heard Kalamalka Lake is gorgeous.”

So even if you’re not one of the 2,000 people volunteering at the Games, you can still have an impact.

Even something as simple as giving someone directions, holding the door or just sending a smile their way is enough to make our visitors feel welcome.


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