Don't call us seniors anymore

The BC Seniors Games has been renamed as the 55+ BC Games. Kelowna will be on the event, council decided Monday.

55-plus BC Games calling for volunteers

As Kelowna prepares to host the 55-plus B.C. Games from Sept. 10-14, organizers are putting out a call for volunteers.

Thousands of participants from across the province will compete in more than 30 sports at venues across the Central Okanagan. Organizers are hoping to attract 1,500 volunteers to ensure its success.

“I believe in community spirit. I believe in volunteering,” said Wendy Falkowski, operations supervisor for Kelowna’s Games, and avid Kelowna volunteer.

“Events thrive when passionate people show up to support them. Volunteers not only ensure the success of an event, they also drive the ability to continue to host and vie for great events, which builds a more vibrant place to be and live. And, let’s face it, volunteering feels good.”

Volunteering for the Games can be done in a multitude of positions, as each sport and venue has its own unique needs to be filled.

Those interested are encouraged to follow what interests them: hockey, equestrian, or lawn bowling, the list of sports on offer is diverse. In addition, volunteers are needed for special events, ceremonies, medal presentations, logistics, reception and hosts.

Existing B.C. Games volunteers are to attend local events such as Canada Day and Parks Alive to provide information on the Games and opportunities to get involved.

The first event they’ll be visible at is the official B.C. Games torch lighting ceremony to be held Saturday, June 22, at 2:30 p.m. in Stuart Park, where the Games committee, participants and city officials will celebrate the countdown to the September event.

Anyone interested in more information regarding the Kelowna 2019 55-plus B.C. Games, and its volunteer needs, is encouraged to visit 55plusbcgames.org/kelowna2019, or visit headquarters at 1940 Underhill St. in Kelowna.