Canada Games Flag Relay
Started in 2006 in the lead-up to the 2007 Games as a 40th anniversary project, the 2015 Games edition of the Canada Games Flag Relay maked the fifth time communities welcomed the flag and celebrated the upcoming Games and host. The Flag travels to each of the past Host Societies to visit the 24 communities that held such an important role in developing the Canada Games property to where it is today.
The Canada Games Flag Relay is an initiative that looks to engage all of the past Host Societies and the entire country. It gives past Host Societies and members of their community a chance to celebrate and reminisce about what it was like to host the Games. It also gives them the chance to demonstrate their community spirit and place in history. This spirit can be demonstrated through organized events such as flag raising events, athlete appreciation receptions, local radio contests, etc. In every Flag Relay, communities bring forth innovative ways to capture the essence of the Canada Games and show their community pride.
In the lead up to the 2015 Games in Prince George, a contest was held that saw each past Host Society compete against one another to earn the coveted Canada Games Flag Relay Contest Award. The City of Saskatoon earned the title. The Saskatoon flag relay organizing committee, headed by Kim Ali, organized a multitude of community events as part of PotashCorp Wintershines in order to promote and celebrate the upcoming 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC and commemorate Saskatoon’s Canada Games history.
The events that Ali and her team organized included:
An educational art project using Canada Games pictogram ice sculptures,
A flag raising ceremony attended by past members of the 1989 Canada Games Host Society and members of the current Team Saskatchewan ringette team.
A mini-Canada Games where participants could take part in multiple activities based on Canada Games sports. Activities included Larger than Life Table Tennis, Human Curling, and Snow Shoe Biathlon.
A Team Sask pep rally attended by approximately 120 Team Sask athletes, Mayor Don Atchison, Saskatoon residents, local media, and musicians.