First Spirit of BC Office Opens in Surrey

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Aboriginal dancers and Olympians, along with members of the Mayor's 2010 Committee and Surrey Spirit of BC Committee, marked the grand opening of the first municipal Spirit of BC office in the province.

"The Surrey Spirit of BC Office helps more of our residents and businesses connect with opportunities for social and economic development leading up to 2010 and beyond," said Kevin Falcon, MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale. "The Province has invested in Spirit of BC committees throughout the province to foster these kinds of partnerships with local government and business, for everyone's benefit."

Services provided by the Spirit of BC Office include a 2010 Business Resource Centre, 2010 business opportunity workshops, events support services and a volunteer registration centre for residents interested in becoming part of the excitement.

"The new office provides assistance and up-to-date information to all those interested in the opportunities for the 2010 Winter Games, BC's 150-year anniversary and all the Surrey events being coordinated," said Bill Reid, co-chair, Surrey Spirit of BC Committee.

Located beside the Mayor's office, the idea for the Spirit of BC Office arose from a desire to connect with the community and provide Surrey-area residents with the chance to benefit from opportunities related to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

"The Surrey Spirit of BC Office serves as the community's volunteer registration base for those Surrey residents interested in becoming part of the excitement," said Linda Hepner, co-chair, Surrey Spirit of BC Committee.

Paid for and staffed by the City of Surrey, the Spirit of BC Office symbolizes the City's commitment to the Games. More information on the Surrey Spirit of BC office is available at

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 for more information.