Campus Life

Final push for Games volunteers

The 2012 Alberta Summer Games (July 26-29) are about three weeks away, and organizers are looking to fill about 1,000 volunteer spots at sporting venues and other locations throughout the city.

Nancy Walker, the University of Lethbridge's vice-president (finance and administration) is a key volunteer with the games organizing committee and says supporting the Alberta Summer Games is a great opportunity to contribute to the community, gain valuable volunteer experience and have a great time.

"Planning for the Games has gone well and we are ready to put on a great event for 2,800 athletes, but to successfully host an an event like this we require 2,500 volunteers and we are still looking for 1,000 more to fill our needs," she says.

Walker adds that a large contingent of U of L staff, faculty and students are already volunteering in many capacities at the games, but there is always room for more people to help out.

"University of Lethbridge employees and students have always been great contributors to the community and here is another opportunity to give back to the community that also supports the University," says Walker. "You will get an inside perspective on the athlete experience, and a great Games Volunteer shirt along with an Ultimate sporting event pass which gives you access to all sports events over the full four days of competition."

Whether you are 18 or 80, there is a volunteer role for someone.

"If you can bring along some young capable folks to work with you, we can make that work too. Better yet, get a group from your sports team, church group, work, or yoga class to come out and volunteer together," she says.

Games organizers are especially looking for male volunteers to help supervise in the male athlete villages, and for volunteers in the food centre for breakfast and dinner as well as the early morning box lunch preparation.

"If a specific sport is also more to your liking, let us know and we will assign you to volunteer at that sport," says Walker. "As a member of the board I encourage you to get involved as a volunteer! Please help us out by passing this information along to your network of friends, coworkers, and family members."


It is easy to sign up. Just go to this website and click on the Volunteer tab to complete the form. You can also call the Alberta Summer Games office at 403-320-7766.