Spirit of BC Summit in Vancouver

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Close to 120 Spirit of BC representatives from across British Columbia visited Vancouver in April 2008 to share best practices and learn about opportunities for their committees leading up to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

"I congratulate and thank the Spirit of BC chairs for bringing the Olympic and Paralympic spirit back to their hometowns," said Premier Gordon Campbell in his welcome to the group. "You are leading the way to ensuring the 2010 Winter Games are a success not only for Vancouver and Whistler, but for the entire province of British Columbia."

The summit included presentations on 2010 Legacies Now programs, Spirit of BC's Altitude Youth Experience, BC Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Secretariat, and BC150 programs and events.

The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) also presented information about the home-stay program for athletes during the Games and plans for the 2010 Torch Relay.

"The Spirit of BC Summit was a great way to exchange ideas and connect with fellow Spirit of BC chairs throughout the province," said Brian Frenkel, chair, Vanderhoof Spirit of BC Community Committee. "The excitement is really starting to build from Vancouver to Vanderhoof, and everywhere in between."

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.