Show your spirit Victoria

The 2010 Winter Games is creating a feeling and a belief that anything is possible when people work together, and around the province British Columbians are showing their community spirit and being inspired to become active and involved in their communities.

High five mascot at Victoria.

The Nanaimo Spirit of BC Community Committee, locally known as Team Nanaimo for its diversity and team-oriented approach to developing community legacies, welcomed more than 700 people to Sport Fest 2009, an annual celebration of winter sport, community spirit and countdown to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Team Nanaimo is one of 95 volunteer Spirit of BC committees around the province, each finding its own piece of the 2010 spirit. These volunteer committees are the heart of Spirit of BC, a partnership between 2010 Legacies Now and the Province of B.C., which promotes community innovation, pride and excellence, and involves British Columbians in the opportunities arising from the 2010 Winter Games.

In the Comox Valley the community committee developed a strategy to attract international teams to train in the region and were successful in drawing more than 300 Olympic athletes to Mount Washington to hone their snowboard, cross-country, freestyle skiing and biathlon skills in the weeks leading up to the 2010 Games. In Abbotsford the Spirit of BC committee created Volunteer Abbotsford, a community volunteer centre which matches non-profit organization to volunteers which will continue well beyond the 2010 Games.

Building legacies, fostering a sense of community and celebrating the 2010 Winter Games is what Spirit of BC is all about. Visit SpiritofBC.com today to find out more about opportunities in your community and throughout B.C.

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