Spirit of BC Week 2007 A Huge Success

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On February 10, 2007, the City of Surrey hosted the official launch of Spirit of BC Week 2007. Local dignitaries, Olympians, Paralympians, amateur athletes, performers and entertainers were on hand to kick-off this third annual celebration of community pride, excellence and innovation.

"The Province has proclaimed this Spirit of BC Week and it's an opportunity for British Columbians of all ages to get active and celebrate everything our communities have to offer," said Premier Gordon Campbell. "Events like this showcase our province's tremendous spirit, help build a sense of community, and encourage us all to get more physically active."

The day-long event marked the three-year countdown to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with music, arts and crafts, sledge hockey and synchronized skating demonstrations, Aboriginal dancing, street performers and many other fun-filled activities.

"We were extremely proud to host the official launch of Spirit of BC Week and showcase Surrey's spirit with family-oriented events, free skates, fitness demonstrations and cultural activities," said Linda Hepner, co-chair of the Surrey Spirit of BC Committee.

The launch in Surrey was the first of more than 350 events held throughout the province to celebrate Spirit of BC Week. From Le Carnaval in Richmond celebrating local French culture fused with arts, sports and entertainment, to Nanaimo's third annual youth-oriented Sport Fest, over 80 communities joined in the festivities.

Spirit of BC Week is an annual province-wide celebration of BC and its unique communities. Held each February, it is a week of events and activities showcasing local programs and services that strengthen community arts, literacy, sport, recreation and volunteerism. The celebration is supported by the Province of British Columbia.