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Opportunities abound for communities and businesses around BC

September 21, 2005

Opportunities abound for communities and businesses around BC for those who reach for them, according to Jenni Rogers. She is the coordinator for Powell River Ayjoomixw Sprit of BC Community Committee.

"When I found out workshops were being held at different places throughout BC, I thought it was important for businesses in Powell River to find out what to look for and how to plug into the Olympic opportunity," Rogers said.

Through her request, a workshop to help businesses get ready for 2010 and the hosting of both the Olympic and Paralympic games is coming to Powell River. It will be held in the Elm Room of the Powell River Recreation Complex on Monday September 26 from 7 to 10 pm. Registration is $15 and can be recorded by calling Rogers at 604.485.0325.

Representatives from the 2010 Commerce Centre, under the auspices of the BC Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Secretariat, will conduct the session.

"Our committee has been working since last year, putting together a community plan for what we'd like to see," Rogers added. "We've hosted a town hall meeting on funding possibilities from ArtsNow, part of 2010 LegaciesNow, and a special meeting at Tla'Amin [(Sliammon) First Nation] with Maxine and Marvin Turner from Cuisine Unlimited. Their company has catered for four Olympic Games and they are currently working on the 2006 games in Turin, Italy. We see possibilities for Powell River businesses to learn from their success."

Contact with LegaciesNow and the provincial secretariat has been ongoing for nearly a year, Rogers explained, "and this workshop is just one of the next steps to take."

She encourages a variety of business owners to come and explore possibilities. "Maxine and Marvin have shown that even a small catering company like theirs can reach Olympic heights. We know there are entrepreneurs in Powell River who can do the same."

The Spirit of BC Committee has a vision of wood products produced in Powell River being used for Olympics venues such as the athletes' village, seafood and food products used by caterers, and Tla'Amin and other local crafts available as gifts. "Just let your imagination soar and it can happen. All great things begin with a single thought in someone's head."



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