BY ERIN FAWCETT
The official logo of the 2019 Canada Winter Games was unveiled earlier this week.
On Monday, the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society provided a community update to government representatives, local sports leaders and members of the media at the Collicutt Centre in Red Deer.
The update featured the introduction of the 2019 Games senior leadership team, the announcement of the sport schedule and the presentation of the 2019 Games logo.
In terms of the leadership team, is was announced Mike Olesen will be the senior executive manager for the finance and administration team. Senior volunteer leaders under him include Greg Scott and Amber Adair. Trisa Zimmerman was named the executive manager for venue and support services. Doug Marchment and Leslee Burton will serve as senior volunteer members. Ian Allan was announced as the executive manager for sport and athlete services. Mike Klass and Donna Hateley will serve as senior volunteers for that area. And finally, the executive manager for marketing and revenue will be Lee Ann Waines. Senior volunteer leaders for that department are Heidi Dandurand and Sherri Ryckman.
“We are confident that our Senior Leadership Team has the professional experience and enthusiasm to bring to life the 2019 Canada Winter Games that was envisioned in Red Deer’s Bid for the Games,” said Lyn Radford, board chair. “This is a diverse team of outstanding individuals who possess a wealth of knowledge in their specialty areas, including multi-games experience, which will ensure the delivery of a life-shaping Games experience for all participants. Because of the strength of our volunteer force in our community, we felt that the operations model that we have chosen with our executive staff members working with two senior volunteer leaders is the ultimate model for hosting the 2019 Games.”
Chief Executive Officer for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, Scott Robinson, said momentum continues to build in the community.
“It’s an exciting day for us. When we were involved with the Memorial Cup, which was a fantastic event, I think everyone walked away from that saying, ‘Wow this is a warm up with the Canada Games coming’. It was a heck of a warm up, but it just shows the City is ready for these platform events of this size and we’re excited. This is another step for us and another milestone.”
Officials also announced an overview of the sport schedule that established what sports will be hosted each week during the 2019 Canada Winter Games. There will be 19 sports taking place at 15 different venues.
“Establishing the sport schedule is an important step that allows us to begin to nail down concrete planning details for the 2019 Games,” said Robinson.
The final announcement of the community update was the presentation of the 2019 Games logo, which combines the symbolic elements of the red deer, the Red Deer River and a winter star.
“We feel we have developed a logo that captures the spirit of both Red Deer and the Canada Games,” said Robinson. “As the visual mark of the host society, the logo is bold and symbolic like the 2019 Games itself.”