Local Canada Winter Games Society Posts Final Gold Medal Performance
Prince George, BC – In his final duty as Chair of the 2015 Canada Winter Games Host Society, Anthony Everett, appeared before City Council this evening to announce the Games’ financial legacy total of $1.1-million dollars.
Saying the ‘spark’ for hosting the 2015 Canada Winter Games came from around Council’s table, Everett went on to say it was only fitting to announce the dissolution papers have been signed and the society will cease to exist as of 11am tomorrow morning, ending an eight-and-a-half year journey.
While half-a-million dollars were ear-marked at the outset as a PreGames Legacy Fund, Everett told Councillors the remaining $637-thousand dollar surplus will go to the Northern BC Community Sport Development Society (NBCSDS) to help support athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers across the region. The Northern Development Initiative Trust will administer the funds on the society’s behalf.
In addition, Everett announced a Memorandum of Understanding transferring the Novak Family Legacy Wall fundraising initiative to Pacific Sport Northern BC. He said there are about 2000 remaining plaques that have yet to be sold – at $100 dollars each, Everett said it’s an initiative that will raise $200-thousand dollars, with 50-percent of proceeds going to Pacific Sport and the other half going to local sports clubs.
“Like so many things we did, we are the first Host Society in the history of the Canada Games to wrap up this early.” Everett said legal and other outstanding issues often drag out the dissolution process and he credited a lot of hard work on the local group’s part with bringing about such a swift dissolution.
Everett also announced to applause from Councillors that his personal legacy will be to join the Canada Games’ Board of Directors and he will also sit as a director on the NBCSDC.
Councillor Brian Skakun admitted he was not for the Games in the beginning, but said he ‘sure became a believer’. “You’ve come to Council on different occasions, given us financial updates, there were concerns,” said Skakun. “But (sic) we kept the faith, we knew that you would meet your financial goals and, hopefully, exceed them, like you did.”
Councillor Garth Frizzell was a rookie councillor when the idea of hosting the Games was first proposed. “One of the toughest decisions was making that risky investment because you don’t know what it really means…we had to make a commitment that we were going to pay for any shortfalls.”
Frizzell commended Everett on a ‘fitting bow’ to wrap up the Games – “You’re coming in with a surplus, with an incredibly successful games that closed before any others have in history – this is an impressive thing.”
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