Dawson Creek Spirit of BC Community Committee Participates in Regional Round Table

Vancouver, B.C. (Nov. 16, 2006): The Dawson Creek Spirit of BC Community Committee will participate in a regional roundtable hosted by 2010 Legacies Now and the Prince George Spirit of BC Community Committee.

?Members of the northern committees have been doing wonderful work in their own communities, supporting a range of activities and celebrating local achievements,? said Allen Langdon, director of Spirit of BC Community Committees for 2010 Legacies Now. ?This roundtable will give them a chance to share success stories and explore the benefits of working together as a region.?

The roundtable runs all day Nov. 16 at the Coast Inn of the North in Prince George. Attendees will also include representatives from the following Spirit of BC Community Committees: Fort Nelson, Fort St. James, Kermode, McBride, Smithers, Vanderhoof and Williams Lake.

Four guest speakers will provide inspiration for strategic planning: Aaron Sinclair, senior manager and deputy for B.C. North, commercial financial services, Royal Bank of Canada; Chris Gudgeon, project manager for B.C. 2008, Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts; Ken Veldman, business connections manager, 2010 Commerce Centre; and Economic Development Minister Colin Hansen, who is Minister responsible for the Olympics.

?As we get closer to the 2010 Winter Games, the opportunities will become even greater and we want communities of every size and from every region involved,? said Hansen. ?Through events like this roundtable, we hope to help communities turn their Olympic dreams into reality.?

?Dawson Creek is like no other place in B.C.,? said Charlie Parslow, chair of the Dawson Creek Spirit of BC Community Committee. ?We have a lot to be proud of, and a lot of goals to achieve. We want to ensure our community, and the entire region of the North, continues to grow as B.C. gets ready to host the 2010 Winter Games.?

Supported by 2010 Legacies Now and the Province of B.C., Spirit of BC is a province-wide initiative that promotes community innovation, pride and excellence, and involves British Columbians in the opportunities arising from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. There are more than 90 Spirit of BC Community Committees representing more than 200 communities across the province.

Spirit of BC Community Committees and their partners lead events and activities during Spirit of BC Week, an annual celebration of British Columbia and its unique communities. In 2007, Spirit of BC Week will run Feb. 9-17.

2010 Legacies Now is a not-for-profit society that works in partnership with community organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), the private sector and all levels of government to develop sustainable legacies in sport and recreation, arts, literacy and volunteerism. 2010 Legacies Now actively assists communities to discover and create unique and inclusive social and economic opportunities leading up to and beyond the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. For more information please visit www.2010LegaciesNow.com.