The Green Jackets Receive Their Due
Prince George, B.C. – The people who donated their time, effort and sunny disposition to make the 2015 Canada Winter Games a pleasant experience for everyone who took them in received a big thank-you Friday night.
In fact the gathering was the second volunteer recognition night put on by the games organizers to show their appreciation to the approximate 4500 people who contributed their time to make the games work. Along with several rounds of applause from the crowd gathered at Canada Games Plaza the volunteers received the thanks of the provincial government via Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris.
The city’s Mayor Lyn Hall told the volunteers they should be proud of the impact they’ve had on the games, adding “in fact you have really become the face of these games in Prince George. From coast to coast to coast they’ve been talking about the volunteers. We’re not just the volunteer city we’re the volunteer capitals of Canada and you deserve a round of applause.” And then the mayor cryptically let a cat out of the bag. “So I want you to enjoy the next couple of days, I want you to take a rest for a couple of months because we’re going to go after something else in a few months.”
Games Host Society Chairman Anthony Everett told the throng of volunteers “It’s about you. I have a hard time getting the words out about the “green jackets”. You have done this, you’ve made our event way better than I ever expected to happen, and it’s gone so far beyond that. There are people here from across Canada that have volunteered. I’m getting emails now from people across Canada who are watching, who were here, and they’re emailing me about you. And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, I’m equally humbled by what we have done for our community, and all I can say is I love Prince George.”
With that sentiment, it was on to the ColdSnap Festival musical entertainment that filled the night air in the plaza.