It’s not often that an event like the 2017 Canada Summer Games comes to Winnipeg, and to make it successful organizers will need to rely on a number of volunteers to step forward.
Most volunteers will tell you that they don’t volunteer because they have an abundance of time, but because they have a passion for the activity their taking part in. The reasons are no different for Daniel Lussier, a 2017 Canada Summer Games volunteer spokesperson.
Lussier has always been passionate about sports, so when the opportunity arose to take part in the Games he couldn’t say no.
“Sports has always been a big part of my life growing up and these Games will feature some of our top emerging Canadian athletes right here in our city. I’m also well aware that these type of big events bring people from across the country to our province and don’t happen often,” Lussier said.
“When they do, it’s our time as volunteers to step up and make the experience outstanding for everyone involved. It’s a great way to give back to the community and celebrate sport.”
With the need for 6,000 volunteers next summer, Lussier is hoping the community will step up and make the experience an unforgettable one for athletes and spectators.
“I’m hoping to do my small part by working with other talented individuals to help create the conditions that will attract the 6,000 volunteers who will give their time to make the athletes and all who visit shine,” he said.
“I’m committed to making sure the volunteer experience for all those who do sign up is something that they will remember. And knowing Manitobans are our bestselling feature to the world, I expect that all the athletes, families and friends who come next summer will walk away blown away from the experience.”
Lussier knows that volunteering is a passion and he’s hoping that passion will lead to an exciting event next year for everyone taking part, including the volunteers.
“This city knows how to host. Everyone knows we have great summer experiences to offer anyone who travels here, but it’s always our very own people who make the difference between a great visit and memorable moments that leave a lasting impression. I just get a sense that Winnipeggers and all Manitobans know this deeply and want to get involved to make these Games memorable for all who participate,” Lussier said.
“From the volunteer side of things, I’m looking forward to meeting the many people who will be signing up and journeying through the volunteer experience. It will be a thrill to see all of this come together.”
For more information on how you can volunteer for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, click through to the volunteer recruitment page.