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Call for Volunteers!

Kimberley/Cranbrook 55+ 2018 BC Games are just around the corner.  The event will host approximately 2200 athletes in 23 events in and around our cities.

An event of this size cannot take place without the hundreds of volunteers required for the games.  A goal of 1000 volunteers will be needed for a variety of activities.  The organization of the games sees the volunteer tasks broke down into many small pieces, so there is an opportunity for helping out, without having to make huge time commitments.

With 23 sports, there is a need for volunteers to work with our Sport Chairs and officials to deliver quality events.  If you sign up for specific sports, you will receive direction and training as needed.  Many of our sports still need volunteers.  Examples of the types of duties include items such as:

            Track and Field

· raking and helping measure at the long/triple jump pits

· putting the high jump bar back up on the posts when its falls and help with the raising of the bar

· collecting throwing items for all the throwing events

· setting up and taking down hurdles

· helping with organizing athletes in their lanes for the short running events

· counting laps for the long distance running

· giving out water/Gatorade at the aid station on the 10k run

· preparing and giving out snacks at the end of the race

· general take set up and take down of equipment during the 4 days


– registrar who provides information, format, server wristband to participants, and other tasks

– marshalling teams to vacant courts

– scorekeepers

– identifying open courts to keep draw moving effectively

– general assistance, sweeping courts, assisting set up

While many sports still need a few more volunteers, track and field, pickleball, cycling, swimming and ice curling are low at this time. 

In addition to sport specific tasks, there are a number of other directorates still requiring volunteers.

These directorates (and a sample of a current need) are:
  • Transportation (drivers)
  • Promotions (photographers),
  • Special Events (assisting at the numerous special activities for participants and volunteers),
  • Protocol (hosts that greet and provide information to participants at all sport venues),
  • Registration and Results (checking in games participants at the accreditation centre)
  • Administration (assisting in our equipment warehouse),
  • Security (traffic control)
  • Medical (first aid services at games venues)
  • Communications (switchboard games info line)
  • Friends of the Games (assisting in recognition activities for games sponsors).

These are just an example in each directorate, but other tasks are still needed.

To volunteer, please visit the Volunteer Portal and follow the link.  You will be contacted by a Volunteer Management Chair afterwards, who will discuss your availability, training times etc.


While we will take volunteers right up to the games if they are needed, we are hoping to have as many volunteers signed up early so they can attend our volunteer accreditation event on either Tuesday, August 28 from 5-9 pm at the Heritage Inn, or Wednesday, August 29 from 5-9 at the Marysville arena.  This will be your opportunity to meet you Directors, pickup yoru volunteer badge and tshirt, as well as your information handbooks.  If you can’t make these dates, or register afterwards, you will be able to pick up this material at our games office (address).  Remember to encourage a friend, coworker, or family member!

 Let’s show our visitors how great our two communities are, by delivering an amazing games!

By |August 12th, 2018|Volunteer|0 Comments

President’s Message – August 2018

Well we’re getting close to the 55+ Games of 2018!  It certainly doesn’t seem that long ago that we were meeting for the first time and beginning to build our team.


Of course, we still need volunteers and we still have lots of work to do!  But our teams continue to strategize, to plan, to collaborate within their areas of operations.  They also work as a team with other directorates communicating and sharing ideas as well as the work load.


As we all continue to prepare we need to remember to check our binders, the website – and all of the information circulated during our meetings and by the many emails we share!


We look forward to hosting our participants in the beautiful East Kootenay cities of Kimberley and Cranbrook and making our games friendly, fun and simply fantastic.  


Thanks to all of our sponsors, supporters and to our working team of directors, chairs, operations manager, staff, BCSGS, events manager and our many volunteers for their hard work to this point.  Keep up this great effort everyone and remember that old saying, ‘None of us is as smart as all of us’.


Sandy and Jaret


By |August 12th, 2018|President's Corner, Volunteer|0 Comments

Special Events Volunteers Needed!

As the Games draws closer, our Special Events crew will be looking for the following volunteers to join the fun!



Games Village – Kimberley Alpine Resort Plaza

Tuesday, September 11 – 20

  • Volunteers needed to work 4.5 hour shifts between 12-9 pm

Wednesday, September 12 – 15

  • Volunteers needed to work 4-hour shifts between 8:30 am- 8:30 pm

Volunteer Role: Work with the Event Manager to assist vendors with booth location, assist participants with options available, activities, food, beverage and entertainment.  Act as a host for the event.

Party in the Park – Cranbrook Rotary Park

Thursday, September 13  

  • 15 Volunteers needed to help 2-7 pm

Volunteer Role: Assist Event Manager with event set up,  host and inform participants of activities food and beverage and entertainment.

Party in the Platzl – Kimberley Platzl

 Thursday, September 13 

  • 10 Volunteers needed to help 2-7 pm

Volunteer Role: Assist Event Manager with event set up,  host and inform participants of activities, food and beverage and entertainment.

A Night on the Train Cocktail Reception – Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort

Friday, September 14 

  • 5Volunteers needed to help 6:30-11 pm

Volunteer Role: Assist Event Manager with signing up participants for museum tours.  Host participants and organize them for their tours, accompany them to and from the museum prior to their tours.

Casino Night and Dance – Kimberley Conference Centre

Friday, September 14

  • 25 Volunteers needed to help 6 pm – 12 am

Volunteer Role: Event Manager with prize draw procedure and distribution of prizes, act as hosts to the participants, check them in at the door, inform them of activity options and locations.  Possible blackjack table dealer. Help to keep the event running smoothly and assist at the end of the event to gather up supplies etc.

Volunteer Appreciation Night – Kimberley Conference Centre

Saturday, September 15

  • 8 Volunteers needed to work 3-hour shifts between 2:30-7 pm

Volunteer Role: Assist with last minute set up, check volunteers at the door, have them fill out a draw ticket for prizes, ssist with verifying prize winner and distributing prizes, assist volunteers with information, hand out blackjack chips, assist with end of event.  Possible blackjack dealer.  Act as hosts of the event.

If you’re interested in volunteering but this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there are many more positions available. Please visit the Volunteer tab for more information
By |July 31st, 2018|Volunteer|0 Comments

Kootenay Business Magazine Feature

Get your head in the games–the 55+ B.C. Games that is!

Local businesses should see a boom during the games in September in Cranbrook and Kimberley

Featured in Kootenay Business Magazine

By |July 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Track & Field Volunteers Still Needed

We’d jump at the chance to have you volunteer for Track & Field…

We are in need of ten or more Track and Field volunteers in order to make this games as fun and successful as possible

Possible Tasks Include:

* raking
* help with measuring
* collecting throwing items,
* counting laps for the longer races
* generally helping the officials

No special skills required

If you are interested in becoming a Level 1 official to do some of the more official jobs, there will be a clinic on the Tuesday before the games start

To register as a Track & Field Volunteer:


Please tell your friends – there are lots of volunteer opportunities still left available 

By |July 27th, 2018|Volunteer|2 Comments

Volunteer Accreditation Event

Hello all volunteers!

The Volunteer Accreditation event will take place:

Aug 285–9 pm | Cranbrook location – Heritage Inn Ballroom

Aug 29: 5–9 pm  | Kimberley location  – Marysville Arena

This is where you will pick up your volunteer badge (which is also your pass to the volunteer appreciation event), the volunteer handbook and t-shirt.  It is also an opportunity to meet the directors and chairs in the area that you have signed up for.  

If you are unable to attend either night, there will be an opportunity to pick up your package any time that the Games office is open, otherwise, you can pick up your package at the Athlete Accreditation Centre in Kimberley September 11 or 12.
Directorships have already begun to reach out to some areas to begin training.  This will happen from here through to the beginning of the games.  you will be contacted directly by your specific directorate to coordinate any training requirements.  We may also do some training at the volunteer accreditation event.
Just a reminder, too, that we are still hoping to recruit volunteers in all areas.  We would appreciate your encouragement of family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers to join our great group of volunteers.
Thank you,
Bonnie New
Volunteer Registration Chair
By |July 24th, 2018|Volunteer|0 Comments

Volunteers Still Needed

Volunteering is fun!

It’s great for your community, and it’s what helps events like the Games be so memorable


Lots more volunteers are still needed (in a variety of different areas) in order for this games to run smoothly. You can sign up easily by clicking this link. 


Please share with your friends and volunteer together!

By |July 12th, 2018|Volunteer|0 Comments

Photographers Needed

Photographers needed for September 11-15th

The 55+ Games are in need of Kimberley-based photographers to help us capture the games and medal ceremonies

If you are such a photographer (or if you know of one), please contact Photographer Chair, Ron Popoff at 250-919-9957



By |June 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Games at a Glance

By |June 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Message From The Co-Presidents

Co-Presidents message #3

We’re getting closer!  The snow has disappeared and we are working hard to get ready to host the 55+ games in Kimberley and Cranbrook

Sports venues are dressing up to look their very best for participants and we certainly hope to get the beautiful East Kootenay weather in September

We still need volunteers!!  We thank those who have already volunteered and ask you to join them!

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There’s a place for you!

Areas to Volunteer – 2018 55+ Games Kimberley/Cranbrook September 11-15, 2018

Administration – finances, insurance, legal, banking, etc.

Ceremonies – Opening and closing ceremonies, torch, protocol for VIPs, etc.

Communications – All communications, central office, cell phones, etc.

Friends of the Games – Recruits cash funding and gifts in kind 

Medical Service – Medical personnel, records medical incidents, etc. 

Promotions – Souvenir program, photos, website, etc.

Protocol – invites VIPs, hosts, works with ceremonies for VIP protocol, etc.

Registration – Registers participants/nonparticipants at the accreditation centre

Results – uses database to record sport competition results

Special Events – Plans social events for participants, volunteers, etc.

Security – Manages security, records events, etc.

Sports – Recommends sports choices for the games, oversees sports/venues, etc.

Transportation – Arranges transportation for games

Register as a volunteer! Follow the link on:

  Sandy and Jaret

  Sandy Zeznik and Jaret Thompson


  Kimberley/Cranbrook 55+BC Games