The 55+ BC Games will be in Greater Vernon in September. - Photo submitted

The 55+ BC Games will be in Greater Vernon in September. - Photo submitted

Planning escalates for Vernon Games

The Vernon and Area 2017 55+ BC Games Host Society has hired an operations manager and opened new office space

Momentum is building for a major sports celebration.

The Vernon and Area 2017 55+ BC Games Host Society has hired an operations manager and opened new office space while continuing to look for volunteers for the Sept. 12 to 16 event.

It is great to be part of such a dedicated team and, at the same time, to be able to help my new community as it prepares to host 3,500 participants, officials, and spectators from all across B.C.,” said operations manager Luiz Araujo, who recently moved to Vernon.

“I look forward to working with all of the volunteers that will make this year’s Games the best ever.”

Araujo has been a senior manager of the security integration team for the Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan Am Games. He also served 35 years with the Canadian Forces.

In partnership with Kal-Mor Mortgages and Investments, Araujo and the host society team have established headquarters at 101-4007 27th St.

The search is also still on for the 1,200 volunteers neeed for the Games.

To date, just under 200 have been secured, on par with previous Games history.

Those wishing to assist in the Games can go to www.55plusgames.ca/volunteers for more information.