April 13 event will light up the Games

Torchlighting ceremony marks 100 day countdown to BC Summer Games

Steve Carlton and Stan Petersen

It’s almost officially time to light up the Abbotsford 2016 BC Summer Games.

The torchlighting ceremony for the event occurs April 13, marking 100 days till the beginning of the Games in Abbotsford.

“The torchlighting ceremony is really a rallying cry for the community,” said Abbotsford 2016 BC Summer Games president Steve Carlton.

“We’re going to light the ceremonial torch at city hall and it’s a chance for all the team to come together with the public and bring awareness to the Games for the community.”

The ceremony kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Matsqui Auditorium, with the torchlighting taking place at 8:30 p.m. at Thunderbird Plaza.

The public is invited to attend both events. But due to limited indoor seating, officials are recommending locals contact the Games office for seating availability inside the auditorium.

Speeches and local entertainment will occur at both events.

Once the flame is lit outside Thunderbird Plaza, it will remain illuminated until the conclusion of the Games in July.

Carlton said volunteer numbers for the Games are encouraging, but more are needed.

“We’re very pleased with the progress of our recruitment for volunteers,” he said. “We’ve received a really good response from the community, and already over 20 per cent of the volunteers have been assigned to a role. Typically, that doesn’t happen till much later. We’re now making the push for the next 2,000 volunteers.

The Games run from July 21 to 24 in various locations across Abbotsford. For more information on the event, visit bcgames.org.

Just Posted

Double lung transplant gives West Shore man second chance

Co-owner of West Shore Barber Shop grateful for every minute of the 16 years transplant has provided

Hallmark movie filming in Oak Bay

Shooting for ‘Sunshine’ continues into June across Greater Victoria

City says traffic pattern on Bay Street Bridge will stay as is until October

Commuters began facing long waits on Tuesday morning after the east-bound lane was closed

Home where Proctor murder took place removed from Langford’s Affordable Housing Program

Langford woman almost purchased home, decided against it after hearing history

PHOTOS: Victoria youth continue to gather for climate action

Local students participated in a global movement calling for climate action

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve investigating after sea lion found shot in the head

Animal is believed to have been killed somewhere between Ucluelet and Tofino

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. port workers set to strike on Monday in Vancouver

A strike at two container terminals would affect Canadian trade to Asia

Volunteers already rescuing fry from drying creekbeds around Cowichan Lake

It’s early but already salmon fry are being left high and dry

So, they found ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’

Dave Tryon, now 72 and living in North Delta, will reunite with long-ago travelling friends in Monterrey, Calif.

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Most Read