UBC students Avalon Friesen  (left) and Nikita Gush paint the front window at the B.C. Winter Games office in downtown Vernon.

UBC students Avalon Friesen (left) and Nikita Gush paint the front window at the B.C. Winter Games office in downtown Vernon.

B.C. Games hosts wanted

Greater Vernon will host the B.C. Winter Games in February, 2012.

Greater Vernon will host the B.C. Winter Games in February, 2012.

And the local organizing committee is looking for hosts for the games.

The committee is asking the business community to encourage its employees to participate and volunteer as hosts during the Games, which run Feb. 23-26, 2012.

Hosts are the front-line ambassadors of the Games. Local organizers are looking for people who are friendly, helpful and willing to go out of their way to ensure all visitors have an outstanding experience.

Hosts are asked to commit to approximately six hours per day (longer if they choose) and can volunteer as a: sport host, hospitality host, or guest host.

All hosts will receive special clothing that they will be proud to wear both during and after the Games.

The Games will welcome more than 1,500 athletes, 300 coaches and 200 officials to the community, and will help them celebrate their achievements while showcasing the venues, volunteerism and community spirit that Greater Vernon is known for.

The Greater Vernon 2012 B.C. Winter Games will follow in the footsteps of other great sporting events including the 2005 World Cup of Cross Country Skiing, Ford World Women’s Curling Championships, Sparkling Hill 2011 Masters World Cup and the Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men’s Curling Championships.

The success of these past events is a direct result of the exceptional support received through our community’s volunteer efforts.

The local committee is counting on this support again to ensure the Greater Vernon 2012 Winter Games are successful, and memorable, for everyone involved.

Registration and more information can be found online at the local website, which is 2012bcwintergames.ca.

To register, click on volunteer registration, fill in your information, then under First Choice choose “Protocol-Hosts.”

Have questions? E-mail Maureen McEwan at mmcewan@telus.net.