about_the_games

Background

  • The 55+ BC Games is an annual multi-sport competition celebrating active, healthy Seniors, 55+.
  • The BC Seniors Games Society is the parent organization that is responsible for the overall governance of the Games, the sport specific rules and the liaison with the Seniors participants.
  • The Vernon & Area 2017 55+ BC Games Society is the Host Society responsible for planning and delivering the Games lead by a volunteer Board of Directors.
  • These are the 30th annual and will be held in Vernon & Area September 12 – 16, 2017.

Mission of the BC Seniors Games Society

To improve the health, lifestyle and image of British Columbia’s 55+ population.

We do this by:

  • Organizing the annual 55+ BC Games as an opportunity for the 55+ population of BC to participate in physical and social activities.
  • Promoting community awareness of the contemporary image of the 55+ population as physically active and socially engaged.
  • Encouraging year round participation at the zone level.

Participants

  • Range in age from 55 to 90+.
  • Over 3,500 active seniors from across BC are expected to compete.
  • 27 sports and activities have been selected for the Vernon & Area 2017 55+ BC Games.

Volunteers

  • President, BC Seniors Games Society: Wayne Naka
  • President, Vernon & Area 2017 55+ BC Games: Wee Yee
  • 12 Volunteer Directors will work with over 1200 community volunteers

Funding

  • The BC Seniors Games Society are the main funding partner of the 55+Games, also the Society receives funding from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
  • Platinum Sponsor:  Inspired Senior Living Magazine
  • Local “Friends of the Games” (business, industry etc.) will contribute additional cash and in kind contributions to support these Games.

Host Community – Vernon & Area

  • The Host City are also a Funding Partners committing cash and in-kind contributions.

Vernon & Area 2017 Mission & Vision

The mission of the Vernon & Area 2017 55+ BC Games (VA55+BCG) is to encourage physical and mental activity, spirited competition, and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle among all 55+ residents in BC.

VA55+BCG will accomplish this by:

  • Encouraging all BC residents aged 55+ to participate in the Games and simply have fun.
  • Showcasing Vernon and area’s active lifestyle and inspiring visitors to share in the beauty of the Okanagan Valley.
  • Collaborating with local communities, businesses, partners, and sponsors on successful Games execution.
  • Honouring the spirit and history of the Games through our passion to “keep the flame alive”.
  • Leaving a Games legacy for all to enjoy in future years.
  • Celebrating the milestones of our nation, our communities and the Games.


The vision
of the VA55+BCG is to promote lifelong activity through healthy competition and social interaction in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Games and the return to its inaugural host city. The VA55+BCG will be a fun, exciting platform to reunite friends while fostering new relations that continue well beyond the 2017 Games.

Legacy of the 55+ BC Games

  • A community celebration – community pride
  • Trained volunteers – a new community resource
  • Showcasing the positive active experience of the 55+ population to the Community and at large
  • Economic impact on the host community – over $2,000,000
  • Financial legacies will be established from potential budget surplus
  • Tourism and exposure for the Host Community
  • Equipment upgrades and potential new venues

History of the 55+ BC Games

  • Established in 1987 with the assistance of the Ministry responsible for sport.
  • Original premise: the sport and recreation development for seniors will have a direct bearing on the quality of life for older British Columbians and the province as a whole.
  • The BC Seniors Games Society Board oversees the 55+ BC Games through a Service Agreement with the BC Games Society to provide event management to the Host Society.