Speed Skating Canada Recognizes Dedication of Speed Skating Volunteers

(Richmond, BC) – Speed Skating Canada today recognized the dedication and support of its hard working volunteers at a special breakfast at Speed Skating Canada House, a few short steps from the Richmond Olympic Oval. The event recognized all volunteers who are currently working at the speed skating venues at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games as well as volunteers who support the sport of speed skating throughout the country.

“Our sport is all about volunteering and we are so grateful for their commitment and contribution to our successes,’ said Marie-Claire Rouleau, President Speed Skating Canada. “Our volunteers are enjoying every moment of their Games experience and I’m very touched by the response we received from across the country to help out. We know we can count on our volunteers no matter what.”

Over 150 volunteers attended the event and were presented with a True Sport/Speed Skating Canada scarf so that volunteers may showcase their commitment to offering a safe and welcoming environment and positive sporting experience for all participants. Guests were also treated to a complimentary buffet breakfast.

At the breakfast many volunteers were able to share stories and highlights of their Olympic experience as well as mingle with officials from the sport.

“This is a unique way to experience the Olympic Games from the inside,” said Jackie Deschenes, Executive Director Ontario Speed Skating, from Ajax, Ontario. “Thanks to the generous support of the Board of Directors at Ontario Speed Skating, I’ve been able to work as a hostess and make a contribution to our sport. It’s very different to watch a race with friends and family of athletes or officials who are participating. Our goal is to make them as comfortable as possible so they don’t have to worry about anything.”

Speed Skating Canada House is a home away from home for the family and friends of Canadian speed skating athletes and the volunteers working at the events. Volunteers helping out at Speed Skating Canada House answered a call from Speed Skating Canada to fulfill a number of key roles in hospitality, communications and administration.

“It’s rewarding to receive this recognition,” said Sarah Leonard of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, also a skater within the Olympic Oval program in Calgary who is volunteering at Speed Skating Canada House. “I’m just having a great time helping out anywhere I can. The highlight for me was attending the dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremonies, a real treat for the volunteers.”

Speed Skating Canada is very grateful to all of its volunteers who have dedicated their valuable time to contribute to the welcoming atmosphere at Speed Skating Canada House, at the venues, and at all of the speed skating clubs throughout Canada. Their support and expertise have made an invaluable contribution to the success of speed skating in Canada.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada is the national governing body responsible for the advancement and growth of speed skating in Canada. Its core purpose is to support high performance excellence at the international level and provide leadership in developmental programs. With 140 skating clubs in 13 provinces & territories, Speed Skating Canada is dedicated to providing skating programs for every skill level in Canada.

Speed Skating Canada is a not for profit, charitable organization operating under a Policy Governance Model with an elected board of directors.

About True Sport
True Sport is a social movement powered by people who believe that sport can transform lives and communities—if we do it right. True Sport members across Canada are committed to community sport that’s healthy, fair, inclusive, and fun. True Sport members stand together against cheating, bullying, aggressive parental behaviour, and win-at-all-costs thinking. Click here to learn more about True Sport Principles.

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Roch Pilon (Media Attache)
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