Spirit of BC Takes On Torino

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The Spirit of BC committee in Comox Valley is a prime example of how residents with varied interests and backgrounds can work together to ensure their community flourishes.

"We have a really dedicated group from all areas. We have people from Mount Washington, economic development, sport and recreation, arts and culture, and First Nations," explained Susan Kelsey, chair of the Comox Valley Spirit of BC Committee.

Supported by 2010 Legacies Now and the Province of BC, Spirit of BC is a province-wide initiative promoting community innovation, pride and excellence, and involving communities in the opportunities arising from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. More than 95 Spirit of BC Community Committees represent over 200 communities throughout B.C.

The Comox Valley Spirit of BC Committee sent representatives to the 2006 Torino Winter Games to showcase their region. "We know the Comox Valley has a lot to gain from the opportunities surrounding the 2010 Winter Games," said Kelsey. "We wanted to promote the Comox Valley and Mount Washington to the world and show the provincial government and the province how involved we are in 2010."

It appears their dedicated work is paying off. Mount Washington hosted the 2007 International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals, and Spirit of BC committee is pursuing and securing numerous other similar opportunities.

Spirit of BC is a province-wide program that involves 95 Spirit of BC committees, representing over 200 communities across the province. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia. Visit SpiritofBC.com for more information.