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Workopolis Launches National Volunteer Recruitment Drive
for Vancouver 2010 Winter Games

25,000 volunteer positions available starting today

February 12, 2008 – Today, exactly two years before the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, Workopolis is giving 25,000 Canadians the chance to be part of a volunteer experience of a lifetime.  The Call for Volunteers, the official volunteer recruitment drive for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is officially online at www.volunteer.workopolis.com and www.vancouver2010.com.

As the Official Supplier of Online Recruitment for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), Workopolis is helping VANOC recruit 25,000 qualified volunteers to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Games.  As a complex and multi-faceted organization, VANOC requires a volunteer team with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to bring the Games together and reflect the diversity of Canada, its people and their capabilities.  Job areas run the full range of the alphabet, from accommodation and anti-doping, all the way through to venue management and workforce.

"Workopolis is proud to be the gateway to all of the volunteer positions for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games," said Patrick Sullivan, President of Workopolis.  "Although the Games will be held in Vancouver and Whistler, they belong to all Canadians.  That's why Workopolis is hitting the streets today to engage with Canadians from coast to coast and let them know about all of the volunteer positions available."

Workopolis has dispatched street teams in: Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Whistler, Vancouver and Squamish to share the excitement of the Games as well as provide  details about the volunteer positions available at the 2010 Winter Games. 

"In 24 short months the Olympic flame will arrive in Vancouver and today marks one of the most important milestones on the same road to 2010," said John Furlong, Vancouver 2010 Chief Executive Officer. "Next to athletes, volunteers are perhaps the most important participants in the 2010 Winter Games. Volunteers will be the welcoming face to our guests, set lasting impressions and will play the largest role in actually staging the Games. It will be a proud, unforgettable experience

Workopolis and VANOC have teamed up with Olympic medallists Beckie Scott, Russ Howard and Marc Gagnon to talk about the important role volunteers play from an athlete's perspective.

"Not only do volunteers play a critical role in ensuring a smooth run of the show but they also act as unofficial cheerleaders to help keep athletes motivated," said Beckie Scott, cross-country skier and two-time Olympic medallist.  "I hope Canadians everywhere will step forward for a chance to be part of Canada's Games so that all of our athletes will have the chance to experience the home-court advantage in its truest sense."

"Seeing the athletes in the Village environment was an eye-opening opportunity," added Margot Jackson, volunteer at the Olympic Village in Bardonecchia for the Torino 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. "I learned first hand from volunteering in Torino that the Olympic Games are truly special. Playing a part as a volunteer is an uplifting and unique opportunity that I will never forget."
Volunteering is also a great way to strengthen career skills.  Although a recent study by Workopolis shows that over half (51 per cent) of respondents indicated they haven't recently volunteered any of their time to a charitable organization, Workopolis encourages everyone to consider the benefits of gaining career and life skills from being involved in a project like the Games.

"Volunteering at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games is a great career move and an opportunity to participate in an event that is synonymous with passion, dedication and inspiration," added Sullivan. "We're showing Canadians how they can get ahead in their careers through volunteer experiences at the 2010 Games – an experience that will undoubtedly showcase quality career characteristics like leadership, time management and altruism.  We've got tips on our site for how Canadians can start this discussion with their employers as well as a readiness quiz."

The Call for Volunteers is open to anyone who will be over the age of 19 on September 1, 2008. Interested candidates can visit www.volunteer.workopolis.com or www.vancouver2010.com to learn more about how they can become a volunteer at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. 

About Workopolis:
Workopolis is Canada's largest and most popular Internet recruiting and job search solutions provider with over 3.5 million unique visitors monthly in Canada and twice as many job postings as the nearest competitor. 

Workopolis provides a fully bilingual suite of award-winning applications, products and services to both large and small Canadian companies:

  • workopolis.com™, Canada's biggest job site—with the most jobs, visitors and employers of any Canadian job site plus, intuitive screening tools and powerful resume database search tools help connect employers with the "best fit" candidates faster and more efficiently.
  • workopolisCampus.com, Canada's biggest job site for students and recent graduates.
  • CorporateWorks™, Canada's most implemented recruitment management solution using the tools that power workopolis.com to power corporate career sites.
  • Workopolis customers also have access to approximately 100 professional and trade associations

Workopolis is a partnership of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and Gesca Ltd., the newspaper publishing subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada. Workopolis has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Guelph, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

Workopolis is the exclusive Official Supplier of Online Recruitment Services for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

 

About VANOC:
VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.

For more information:
For Workopolis:
Adam Moffat
Environics Communications
416-969-2763

For VANOC:
Margaret Nevin
Vancouver 2010 Communications
778-328-6475