Organizers of Alberta 55-Plus Games still seeking volunteers, sponsorship

Richard Froese
South Peace News
More volunteers and support are needed for High Prairie to host the 2017 Alberta 55-Plus Fall Games Sept. 14-17.
“We expect 250-300 contestants, plus judges and board members,” says Mary Zabolotniuk of High Prairie, president of the Mighty Peace Sport and Recreation Association.
Organizers are putting out the call for more support from the community to ensure the event is successful.
“We need more volunteers, donations of door prizes and other support,” Zabolotniuk says.
Volunteers will be needed in various roles, to help set up the various venues and to ensure the events operate efficiently.
Activities and games will be held at the Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre, High Prairie Golden Age Centre, High Prairie Municipal Library, High Prairie Legion Hall, High Prairie Curling Rink and Jaycee Park.
Participants will compete in darts, military whist, duplicate bridge, contract bridge, euchre, carpet bowling, floor shuffleboard, floor curling and bocce ball.
“Those games are not as active, they’re mainly card games and slower sports,” Zabolotniuk.
Spectators will be welcome to watch the action, she adds.
All venues will be open for free admission.
High Prairie and District Regional Recreation Board is a key partner in the Games to provide space for activities and other community partners have become active to stage the event, Zabolotniuk says.
Registration for the Games kicks off Sept. 14 at the GBRC from noon to 5 p.m. before a community barbecue from 5-7 p.m.
Opening ceremonies are set for that evening at the same venue.
The games officially start Sept. 15 [Friday] in the morning and run through Sunday.
Further funding is also appreciated.
“The provincial government is not paying for the 55-Plus Games anymore,” Zabolotniuk says.
Citizens, businesses, and community organizations are also being welcomed to support and sponsor the event.
“We might also need some homes for billets,” Zabolotniuk says.
Anyone wishing to billet participants may contact Paula Cowell.
The next organizational meeting is set for Aug. 21. Volunteers and other supporters are urged to attend.
For more information, phone Zabolotniuk at [780] 523-6355.

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