Burnaby Hosts Spirit of BC Week Launch Celebration

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The City of Burnaby proudly hosted the kick-off celebrations that marked the official launch of Spirit of BC Week 2008.

Premier Gordon Campbell was joined by Burnaby MLAs John Nuraney and Richard Lee, Mayor Derek Corrigan, other local dignitaries, amateur athletes, performers and entertainers to celebrate the annual province-wide tribute to British Columbia and its unique communities.

"British Columbians of all ages have shared their community spirit by participating in events that showcase what their city or town has to offer," said Premier Campbell. "Spirit of BC Week is about exploring the arts and culture, being active and healthy, and getting involved in your community. I look forward to the growing excitement in our province as British Columbia gets ready to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games."

The Premier presented Burnaby Spirit of BC Community Committee co-chairs with a proclamation declaring Spirit of BC Week 2008.

The fun-filled afternoon in Burnaby featured skating demonstrations, numerous performances including Aboriginal drumming and a traditional Chinese lion dance, and a marketplace of community programs and activities. Also on hand were the Vancouver 2010 mascots - Quatchi, Sumi and Miga.

"The launch of Spirit of BC Week was a great success," said Burnaby Spirit of BC Committee Co-Chair Matthew Coyne. "We were proud to host the community celebration and showcase Burnaby’s talented artists and athletes."

The Burnaby celebration concluded with a free family skate. Presented by BC Hydro, the skate promoted physical activity and healthy living, and included prizes distributed by BC Hydro’s Team Power Smart and Super Fans.

"The family skate was, by far, one of the more popular events we hosted this year," said Coyne. "It was incredible to see Burnaby residents of all ages strap on their skates and celebrate sport, recreation and community spirit."

Spirit of BC is a province-wide program that involves 95 Spirit of BC committees, representing over 200 communities across the province. These committees support local programs and help create opportunities in sport and recreation, arts, literacy, volunteerism, business and tourism. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia. Visit SpiritofBC.com for more information.