As a former Canada Games participant, Alyssa Reid knows first hand how important volunteers are to an event of this size.
Reid, one of the 10 volunteer spokespeople helping to recruit volunteers for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, represented Team Manitoba in Short Track Speed Skating at the 1995 Canada Winter Games in Grand Prairie, Alberta.
Being a former participant, it didn’t take much to convince Reid to lend a hand.
“I am a past participant and I wanted to give back as it was a really great experience,” Reid said.
“I want to help make the experience great for amateur athletes. Contributing to the community is an important reminder that we all have a part to play and gift to share.”
Even though Reid will be part of the volunteer team at next year’s event, she still knows what the athletes will be going through as they prepare to take part in their events.
“The opening ceremonies – this was such a memorable moment for me and I can’t wait to see all the athletes sporting their team gear pumped up for competition,” Reid said.
Whether someone is a former athlete or not, Reid says there will be a spot for anyone willing to give their time to help ensure the athletes have an unforgettable two weeks next year.
“Find out what is important to that person (i.e. a certain sport, other interest such as community pride) and try to match that with a reason to volunteer,” she said.
Volunteer sign up officially began on September 6. If you’re interested in being part of the hottest summer in half a century or want more information please visit http://www.canadagames.ca/2017/content/volunteer-recruitment