For Immediate Release ….
The 2009 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge Board of Directors is proud to announce that one of our own directors has been selected to a prestigious position within the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February. Colleen Sawyer, current manager of the local branch of the Royal Bank, has been selected as the bank manager of the main Olympic press centre branch for RBC in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics. Sawyer was the Director of Finance for the highly successful 2009 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in Port Alberni and the partner communities of Nanaimo, Cowichan, Parksville, Courtenay and Campbell River.
RBC has selected four managers to run their banking operations at the 2010 Olympic Games. Sawyer was selected from among 6500 potential candidates to head up the Main Press Centre branch in downtown Vancouver. U 17 Co-Chair Tom McEvay stated, “ Clearly Colleen was selected based on the tremendous work she is doing within the Royal Bank family and her local branch but we also assume that the outstanding work she did for the U 17 was a factor in the decision. We are extremely happy for Colleen and we believe she is most deserving of this honour.”
Sawyer is Port Alberni raised and educated graduating from ADSS in 1973. Her father Jim is a Freeman of the City and was for many years the City Manager so she comes by her community spirit naturally. After graduating from ADSS Sawyer started her banking career with the local Credit Union and her passion for travelling. She eventually found her way to Royal Bank when she moved to Ontario in 1985. Working her way up through the ranks of RBC Sawyer jumped at the opportunity to return in 2007 to her home town as manager of the downtown branch of the RBC. In a short tenure here she has made a real difference both on the job and in the community.
Sawyer will take up her temporary Olympic assignment in Vancouver on January 4th and will not return to Port Alberni until March 8th. Sawyer will return to the valley as the manager of the local RBC branch after the Olympics are concluded. While in Vancouver she will be responsible for all aspects of the branch operations for RBC at the main press centre.
Sawyer was thrilled by her selection and commented "Amazing! I'm still in shock but I can't wait for the Games to begin. We will be serving approximately 10,000 – 12,000 accredited media related persons from all over the world and to me that's where the fun is. Meeting and welcoming people to our part of the world is a special privilege and what an opportunity to create some wonderful memories!"
2009 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge
And I also received this email from Alberni Valley Minor Hockey President Al McCulloch...What a cool experience this must have been!
Last Sunday, September 13th, 20 very lucky Alberni Valley Minor Hockey players, 8 parents and Ron Paulson (of Alberni Valley Parks & Recreation) travelled to Richmond, B.C for the day to enjoy a skate at the "2010 Olympic Oval" (pictured here with the Olympic Mascots).
ActNow BC was responsible for this "free" trip for these very excited Mites, Novice & Atom players. AVMHA would like to thank ActNow BC and Ron Paulson for providing the once in a lifetime experience for our young players.FINALLY the Bulldog home opener is tomorrow. THE POUND. No better place in the world to watch a game!