THUNDER BAY, ON ---- February 10, 2016 ---- Organizers of the Thunder Bay, Ontario 2016 Can-Am Police-Fire Games have launched a recruitment drive to secure 500 volunteers for the event, being hosted in Thunder Bay this summer.
Opportunities include assisting with sporting events, venue set-up and take down, facilitating hospitality and transportation services, and many other tasks.
“Thunder Bay has always been a city with a giant heart and an amazing volunteer spirit,” said Games Volunteer Committee Chairperson Sharon Bak. “We are asking citizens to once again step up and assist in making this event a success.”
Those interested in taking part are asked to visit www.thunderbaycanam.com or call 807-625-4619.
Canadian Tire was also introduced as the sponsor of the games’ Opening Ceremonies Festival set for Marina Park on the afternoon of Sunday, July 17.
The ceremonies will be a family-friendly event and the public are welcome to attend. Preliminary plans include interactive displays from local emergency service agencies, games, inflatables and other fun for kids. Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay Special Olympics will sing the national anthems. Thunder Bay Police Pipes and Drums will also be participating as will the Thunder Bay Police Honour Guard accompanied by Thunder Bay Fire and Superior North EMS.
Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program is also a major partner. “Our two Thunder Bay Canadian Tire store owners Robert Nearing, Bruce Stone, and their staff and management teams are very proud to be the Opening Ceremonies Sponsor for the 2016 Can-Am Games,” said store managers Logan Hebert and James Iannetti. "We are most excited to be supporting our local charities, and we look forward to building new relationships with all the athletes, their families, volunteers and of course all the spectators who come out to cheer everyone on."
Every year the Can-Am Police-Fire Games Federation (the body that oversees these Games) donates to charities in both the USA and Canada. This year its Board of Directors decided unanimously to support both the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay Special Olympics with a $1,000 donation to each.
“Both of these charities should be commended for the work that they do in your community,” said Bill Merrylees, C.E.O. of the Can-Am Police-Fire Games Federation. “We are extremely proud to be associated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay Special Olympics. We hope to see them at the games this summer!”
Presented by tbaytel, the Can-Am Games will take place July 16 to 24, 2016. It is anticipated to be the largest multi-sport event held in Thunder Bay since the 1981 Canada Summer Games. The event is expected to attract over 1,200 participants and their family members from across North America, generating an estimated $5.7 million in economic activity for Thunder Bay.
A full listing of the events and more information is available at www.thunderbaycanam.com.
Canadian Tire Store Manager James Iannetti with Police Chief J.P. Levesque,
Fire Chief John Hay, fellow Store Manager Logan Hebert and Acting Chief Wayne Gates of Superior North EMS.