In just under a year, over 4,000 athletes will arrive in Winnipeg and its surrounding areas for the 2017 Canada Summer Games, and they’ll be met by a team of volunteers to help them on their quest for gold.
It will take the work of approximately 6,000 volunteers to help run the games. Volunteer sign up officially began on September 6, but a few individuals have already been giving their time to the event.
Kelsie Duplin got involved after receiving an email from the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program and she hasn’t looked back since.
“I have volunteered with several organizations though, such as St. Amant, Siloam Mission and the United Way. I am happy to be volunteering for something different than what I have done before.,” Duplin said.
“I enjoy being a part of something and meeting new people. When it is Games time, knowing that we collectively came together and made that happen will be a really cool feeling.”
This will be Duplin’s first experience with a Summer Games and she’s looking forward to showcasing what our city has to offer.
“I believe that it is essential to meet new people and have new experiences to continue to grow as a person. It is ultimately our experiences that shape who we are, so it is important to continue trying new things and break routine every now and then,” she said.
“Right now, we are all very anxious to recruit volunteers! We began recruiting on September 6 and we have been working for a long time to be ready. We are eager to begin taking people on and getting them trained and ready to volunteer at Games time.”
Volunteers will play a vital role next summer and Duplin wants anyone interested in experiencing something new to consider signing up.
“I think it is important to express how much fun I have had so far while volunteering. The Canada Games is a big event, but it is known to be a fun event as well. It is a unique experience, it is fun and there are many different positions to pique anyone's interest,” said Duplin.
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