Workopolis: News Releases

For Immediate Release                                                                                     May 20, 2009

Workopolis and VANOC welcome 13 volunteers
to the 2010 Winter Games team!
Canadians donating their time and talents celebrated today  

Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON — The names and welcoming faces of 13 volunteers chosen to represent their home province or territory as Canada’s ambassadors to the world at the 2010 Winter Games were unveiled today by Workopolis and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). Workopolis is the Official Supplier of Online Recruitment for the 2010 Winter Games.

The 13 are among the first 200 volunteers offered Games-time roles with Vancouver 2010 out of almost 64,000 applications received so far through www.volunteer.workopolis.com and www.vancouver2010.com. Volunteer positions will be offered throughout the summer and continuing up to Games time.

Following the launch on February 12, 2008 of what is quite possibly the largest request for volunteers during peace time in Canada, applications started pouring in. Candidates have applied from every province and territory, as well as from almost 130 countries worldwide, including the Cayman Islands, Iceland and Tunisia, which is more than 9,400 kilometres away from the Host City of Vancouver!

“Last February, Workopolis and Games organizers literally hit the streets to get the word out about the call for volunteers in order to recruit the 25,000 volunteers needed to bring the Games to life,” said Gabriel Bouchard, president of Workopolis.  “The response was incredible and we’re thrilled to introduce this team of fantastic individuals who will represent our country and help truly make these Canada’s Games.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Cathy Priestner Allinger, who heads up sport and Games operations — including volunteer recruitment — for VANOC. “Thanks to the recruitment and promotional campaign we launched with Workopolis, we’re finding a great team of volunteers who’ll be integral in helping us stage great Games. We’re grateful for the enthusiasm and willingness of those who’ve applied.” 

The following Canadians are the first to have been selected to represent their province or territory as part of the volunteer division of the 2010 Winter Games.

Name

City

Prov.

Job Area

Lynn Ledgerwood

Squamish

BC

Venue Workforce Crew, Whistler Olympic Park: Supports workforce team to create welcoming and comfortable workspace

Chris Brodeur

Calgary

AB

Snowboard, Cypress Mountain: Gate crew-course preparation and maintenance

Allan Chizek

Prince Albert

SK

Event Services Host, BC Place: Spectator marshal, access monitor, ticket taker and usher

Scott Grant

Winnipeg

MB

Curling, Vancouver Olympic Centre: Transport athletes, coaches and team leaders to and from competition venue and Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver.

Tom Broumas

Toronto

ON

Venue Workforce Crew, Canada Hockey Place: Supports workforce team to create welcoming and comfortable workspace

Diane Drolet

Val-David

QC

Freestyle Skiing, Cypress Mountain: Course building and maintenance

Eric Bond

Halifax

NS

Event Services Host, BC Place: Spectator marshal, access monitor, ticket taker and usher

Wayne Connors

St. John's

NL

Figure Skating Supervisor, Pacific Coliseum: Oversee field-of-play monitors

Joanne Sonier

Memramcook

NB

Event Services Host, Vancouver Olympic Centre: Spectator marshal, access monitor, ticket taker and usher

Debbie MacMurdo

Charlottetown

PEI

Figure Skating, On-Ice Field-of-Play Supervisor, Pacific Coliseum: Ensure on-ice area is secure during competition.

Jean-Francois Latour

Whitehorse

YT

Event Services Host, Canada Hockey Place: Spectator marshal, access monitor, ticket taker and usher

Tracy Cross Gauthier

Hay River

NT

International Client Services, YVR: Protocol assistance to the venue, athletes, officials and media

Dallas Anderson

Iqaluit

NU

Event Services Host, Canada Hockey Place: Spectator marshal, access monitor, ticket taker and usher

As the backbone of the 2010 Winter Games, these volunteers come from all walks of life and all adult age groups in Canada, and speak a variety of languages.  Assigned to a number of areas, they will groom ski hills, take tickets and usher spectators to their seats, welcome athletes to the Olympic and Paralympic Villages in Vancouver and Whistler, shuttle athletes and coaches to and from Olympic and Paralympic venues, and much more.

For additional details about the first 13 volunteers, as well as their photos, please visit www.volunteer.workopolis.com

For Ontario volunteer Tom Broumas, volunteering at the Games has been a dream almost 20 years in the making.  He will be working in workforce break areas and doing check-in for staff and volunteers at the Games.  

“My first memory of the Olympic Winter Games was watching Kerrin Lee-Gartner win gold in Albertville (in 1992).  That’s when I realized what a great honour it is to be involved with the Olympic Movement — whether that’s as an athlete or as a volunteer,” Broumas said shortly after learning he had been selected.  “I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to work together with all of the other volunteers and being part of an event that will showcase Canada to the world.”

VANOC will continue to recruit applicants up until Games time next February.  Interested volunteer candidates, especially those with language skills in French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Norwegian and Spanish, as well as those who have event services and transportation experience, are invited to apply at www.volunteer.workopolis.com or www.vancouver2010.com.  The application takes about 20 minutes to fill out and captures information about your skills and experience, preferences, availability and accommodation.

Volunteer Experience — Giving You a Competitive Edge in a Tight Job Market

Volunteering your time also shows leadership, time management and altruism — all qualities that employers value. Workopolis offers the following ways volunteering can work for you in a tight job market:

  • Increasing your stock.  Employers admire people with a social conscience who make it a priority to take action.  A willingness to work for free demonstrates to an employer that you’ve got a strong work ethic and the benefits you seek are more intrinsic in nature than just financial gain.

  • Testing the waters.  No matter your interest, there’s an unpaid position with your name on it. Think of it like swimming; before jumping in the deep end head-first, start by sticking your toes in the shallow end through some hands-on volunteer experience.  Volunteer experience can result in an added skill set you can include in your resume.

  • Opening new doors.  More than half of job vacancies are still being filled internally or through external networking, either through online networks or mingling at social functions.  Diversifying your network through volunteer opportunities can help you stand out from the crowd. 

Celebrating the Unsung Heroes Our Volunteers

“Workopolis is encouraging Canadians from coast to coast to give the people helping out behind the scenes at the 2010 Winter Games a virtual standing ovation today,” said Bouchard.  “Too often the efforts of volunteers in our society go unnoticed. It’s important for organizations to recognize the volunteer efforts of their employees — whether they are participating in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity like this or volunteering their time at a local not-for-profit organization.”  

For more tips on what employers can do to recognize their employees’ volunteer efforts, and to read about the best practices VANOC utilized to help recruit their volunteer workforce, please visit,
www.volunteer.workopolis.com.

About Workopolis
Workopolis (www.workopolis.com) is Canada's leading online career-solutions provider with over three million unique visitors monthly in Canada, the most posted resumes and twice as many job postings as the nearest competitor. 

Workopolis provides a fully bilingual suite of industry-leading products and services including:

  • Powerful Resume Database search functions and intuitive screening tools to help connect employers with the “best fit” candidates — contributing to a 71 per cent hiring success rate for customers.
  • An inside look at niche industries as part of Canada’s largest specialized association and publication job board network.
  • Career alerts, Resume Rescue and an online salary calculator to help job seekers find the right job.

Headquartered in Toronto, Workopolis has offices in eight Canadian cities.  Workopolis is a partnership of Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and Gesca Ltd., the newspaper publishing subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada.

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. Please visit www.vancouver2010.com.

Media Contacts:

To arrange an interview with Workopolis or any of the volunteers:              
Amy Davidson or Sheryl So or
Environics Communications
Tel: 416.969.2830/ 416.969.2725
E-mail: adavidson@environicspr.com/ sso@environicspr.com



Paula Webber
VANOC Communications
Tel: 604.403.2685
E-mail: paula_webber@vancouver2010.com