Drive for Summer Games volunteers continues
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 10:23 am
In order to ensure an event like the 2014 Alberta Summer Games to goes off smoothly, a small army of volunteers is required for the four-day event in Airdrie, will run from July 24 to 27.
As of press time, a total of 1,700 volunteers have signed up to help out for this year’s Summer Games, though Director of Volunteers Tim Elliott is still pushing for more people to be involved.
“Around 2,000 to 2,100 volunteers is our ideal number, and while we can do it at the current number of 1,700 volunteers, having more people will help things run a lot better,” Elliott said.
“We still have more room for more people to come out before the Games start,” he added. “It’s not a requirement to make sure that the Games go ahead as planned, but it would make things more enjoyable for everyone involved.”
The push for volunteers, which included sign-up events at Genesis Place Recreation Centre on July 9 and 12, goes into a variety of different categories, with the biggest need for people to help out in the food department.
“We need to make sure that there is enough people to help cook, prepare, clean up, and get things ready before every meal,” Elliott said. “There are around 9,000 meals that are going to be served each day here, so we need to make sure that we have enough people here to help with that.”
“Everyone knows that the sports will need volunteers to help relay result information to the officials, but it goes beyond just that for an event like this,” he added. “There are things that one wouldn’t think about, such as accommodations, security, medical, and cultural events that need people to help out.”
Elliott is used to the drive to get people to help out at a major provincial event, as he was involved in registering volunteers for the 2009 Alberta 55+ Summer Games, which sparked an interest to help out again for the Alberta Summer Games this year.
“The size and the scope of the 55+ Games was about half the size of the Summer Games, but I think it gave everyone a real idea of what things would be like for this year’s event,” Elliott said.
“I had a lot of fun helping out five years ago, and when I heard the Summer Games were coming here, I wanted to be involved,” he added.
Those who are interested in volunteering can fill out a volunteer form on the 2014 Summer Games’ website, at www.2014airdriegames.ca