Tomorrow is the last day to nominate someone to be a torchbearer for the first national MNP Canada Games Torch Relay. The relay will be visiting 48 communities across the country between this October and next February and will be in Grande Prairie on January 5, 2019.
26 of those communities will be a torch relay stop, and Grande Prairie is one of them. At each stop, 10 to 15 torchbearers will be needed to carry the Roly McClenaham Canada Games Torch. The other 22 stops will be celebration stops.
“I encourage everyone across Canada to find the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay stop near them and nominate an outstanding individual in their community for the honour in being a torchbearer in this historic relay,” says 2019 Canada Winter Games Board ChairLyn Radford. “What a fantastic opportunity to recognize the youth, sport and community builders across our nation who are making an impact in our communities.”
Grande Prairie hosted the Canada Winter Games in 1995 and was the smallest city to ever do so at that point. Grande Prairie’s own Willie de Wit highlighted the opening ceremonies when he carried the torch, and the event ended with Alberta winning the Centennial Cup.
An estimated economic impact study on the effects of the games found it created more than 421 new person years-of-employment over a three to four year period, and for every dollar spent, $1.84 was generated in the provincial economy.
Torchbearer nominations are being taken online until June 30th. Nominees must be at least 12 years old, be available the day of the relay, and be physically able to complete their segment by running, walking, or wheeling while carrying the torch.