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Column: Looking forward to hosting 55+ BC Games in Salmon Arm

Council Report by Debbie Cannon
The first three members of the 55+ BC Games in Salmon Arm, Vice President Caitlin Thompson, President Debbie Cannon and Director of Administration Carl Cooper, pause for a photo following the April 24 city council meeting. (Photo contributed)

If you have not already heard, Salmon Arm has been selected to host the highly anticipated 55+ BC Games September 2024!

I could not be more delighted – I have wanted our community to host senior or youth games since I was first elected in 2005.

With a dedicated planning committee at the helm, our community is hoping to deliver an extraordinary event that will celebrate active aging and showcase the warm hospitality and natural beauty of our community. This event – which will include more than 20 sports ranging from dragon boating and darts to bowling, crib, hockey, tennis and curling – will also hopefully serve as a springboard for future large-scale events.

The past seven host communities saw 2,100 to 4,000 people participate in their Games. I am shooting high for ours, and would like to hit 3,000-plus participants.

The early outpouring of volunteerism reflects the strong sense of community and commitment that Salmon Arm embodies. From the moment the games were announced, individuals of all ages and backgrounds have enthusiastically offered their assistance in various capacities.

Considering a successful Games will likely require more than 1,000 volunteers, we are hoping this enthusiasm and willingness to contribute keeps building.

Sign up to volunteer at:

Be patient – you won’t be contacted right away, but we will get in touch as we get closer to the date.

The 55+ BC Games is not only a platform to promote active aging and community engagement, but will also be a catalyst for economic growth. As a host community, Salmon Arm positions itself as a destination that fosters an active and vibrant lifestyle, attracting visitors and showcasing the city’s charm and hospitality. When Vernon hosted the 55+ BC Games (2017), it generated an impressive $3.3 million in economic activity. With participants, their families and spectators converging on the city from across British Columbia, local businesses can expect increased patronage, bolstering the hospitality, retail and service sectors.

Get ready to be inspired by the accomplishments of senior athletes, embrace the camaraderie and celebrate a community that embraces active aging with open arms.

Let’s show the province what Salmon Arm can do.

Debbie Cannon is a councillor with the City of Salmon Arm

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