Record check fees reviewed

B.C. Winter Games volunteers may have to pay for own record checks

It’s uncertain if B.C. Winter Games volunteers will have to pay for criminal record checks.

The organizers of the February 2012 event have asked the City of Vernon to waive fees but currently there is no charge for bona fide charitable groups.

“Right now, the dollar value is zero,” said Leon Gous, the city’s chief administrative officer.

Games organizers requested that council waive the $25 criminal record check fee for each of about 500 volunteers or a total of $12,500.

“We’re worried the fees will come  in before the Games and screw up our volunteers,” said Coun. Jack Gilroy, a member of the Winter Games committee.

“We don’t have the budget for this and these people are volunteers.”

Council’s finance committee will pursue a clarification on the costs and the Games committee’s status as a charity.

The other participants in the Greater Vernon parks and recreation function — Coldstream and Areas B and C — will also be asked if they want to contribute if there is a need to cover record check fees.

“It’s a great community effort,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol of the Winter Games.

“I would like to see some of the costs shared with Greater Vernon.”

The B.C. Winter Games will run from Feb. 23 to 26, and about 2,200 volunteers will be needed.

Among the areas people can help out with are accommodations, transportation, promotions, communications, security, special events, sport, Friends of the Games, food services, ceremonies, medical, results and registration, administration and protocol.

To register as a volunteer, go to www, 2012bcwintergames.ca.