Tour Takes Off From Richmond

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The City of Richmond hosted the first stop in the 2010 Legacies Now Connecting Communities Tour which visited 10 BC communities in 2006.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie welcomed guests and marked the official opening of the tour, saying it was an excellent way to build community spirit around the 2010 Winter Games. The Connecting Communities Tour was presented in partnership with Bell Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

"Bell Canada is pleased to present the 2010 Legacies Now Connecting Communities Tour," said Justin Webb, vice president of Olympic Services for Bell Canada. "This is part of our commitment to help generate legacies now and long after 2010 in the communities that we serve by supporting youth, local athletes and just as importantly, community and economic development."

The 2,000 square-foot display featured 13 informative and interactive panels. Visitors read through Olympic history and tested winter sport skills at the hockey shoot and the ski simulator. The display also included a children's activity centre and access to to register for volunteer opportunities.

"One of the commitments of the Province of BC during the Bid was to ensure that all corners of the province were connected with the opportunities the 2010 Winter Games can provide," said Hon. Stan Hagen, Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts. "The 2010 Legacies Now Connecting Communities Tour is one of those ways we are assisting communities create lasting legacies for all British Columbians to enjoy for generations to come."

The tour travelled more than 5,500 kilometres. Stops included Courtenay, Whistler, Prince George, Terrace, Fort St. John, Kamloops, Penticton, Cranbrook, Abbotsford.

The 2010 Legacies Now Connecting Communities Tour was an annual tour that visited communities to share the spirit of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and encourage British Columbians to create their own legacies leading up to 2010 and beyond. The tour was presented by Bell and the Province of British Columbia.