Greater Vernon B.C. Winter Games executive members Jim McEwan (from left)

Greater Vernon B.C. Winter Games executive members Jim McEwan (from left)

Ford drives Winter Games

Greater Vernon B.C. Winter Games officials will have no problems escorting dignitaries to and from venues in February.

The local executive has accepted a donation of 20 Ford vehicles from Watkin Motors. The vehicles will be used for two weeks, before, during and after the Games.

“The B.C. Winter Games will be a great event for Vernon and this is our way of helping out and giving back to the community,” said Watkin Motors general manager Ross Blankley. “The Games will again put us on the map.”

Local Games executive president Akbal Mund said the donation will help the committee transfer VIPs, media and government officials to and from all of the venues.

“Every generous donation we get from any person or organization is going to help with the event,” said Mund. “To have a sponsor come forward and donate vehicles for us to help transport the dignitaries is great.”

Volunteer drivers will be behind the wheel escorting dignitaries, media, parents or, if needed, an injured athlete to Vernon Jubilee Hospital. The local committee recently held a key volunteer rally.

So far, the committee is on plan for the Games, which run Feb. 23-26 with all but two of the events slated for Greater Vernon. Speed skating (Nor-Val Sports Centre) and karate (Pleasant Valley Secondary School) will be held in Armstrong.

“So far, we’ve done what we need to do,” said Mund. “We’re looking for an office and we have a lead on a possible site.”

It’s anticipated that the Games will require more than 2,200 volunteers.

“I do not foresee any problems with getting volunteers,” said a confident Mund.


Anybody wishing to lend a hand for the B.C. Winter Games can sign up online at