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Closing Ceremonies Wrap Up Two Magical Weeks in Prince George

Sunday, March 1, 2015 @ 5:21 PM

2015-03-01 16.06.40Prince George, B.C. – Led by Nanguz, the mascot for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, Team Alberta  was the first team to  enter the  Agora at the University of Northern BC for the  Closing Ceremonies of the Canada Winter Games.  Team Alberta carried a banner,  that read “Thank you Prince George”,  which  was yet another  recognition  of the  warm welcome  given all Athletes  and visitors attending  the Games,  and  to the  incredible volunteers who made the Games happen.

( at right,  visitors wait for closing ceremonies to get underway at the UNBC Agora)gamesplazaThe ceremony at  UNBC is by invitation only,  with the general public  encouraged to gather at Canada Games Plaza.  There are about 400 people gathered there to watch the  closing ceremonies as they are  live streamed to the big screens in the Plaza. (see photo at right)

There are mixed feelings as the Games   come to a close. Brad McClain of Prince George  says the Games were “The best thing I’ve seen in my 20 years here.  You get to talk to  people from all over the country.  It’s a little sad to see it end, but  I’m looking forward to  sleeping.” McClain  was a volunteer during the first week at the Coliseum, and  between  working and volunteering, he was running short on sleep.

The closing ceremony honoured the Lheidli T’enneh by  lighting the  Games torch in a traditional  pit house, located on the UNBC  campus.  Two Lheidli T’enneh representatives carried the torch into the Agora, a moment that was followed by  a choir made up of 100  young people dressed in red and white, honouring Prince George’s  100th  anniversary , sang the national anthem.

“What a show you have witnessed in Prince George British Columbia” said  Tom Quinn, Chair of the Canada Games Council. Quinn  offered thanks to  Anthony Everett and Stu Ballantyne for “delivering a great  Canada Games.”  Quinn also offered thanks to  the volunteers,  saying they were “simply amazing.”

Quinn urged the athletes to  “dream Big”  and to plan for their  next steps and future challenges “You’ve impressed a nation, and isn’t it great to be a Canadian!”

choir ( a left,  folks in plaza watch choir sing national anthem)

Governor General  David Johnston  took to the  podium  to say “The finish line is in sight” and congratulated the Lheidli T’enneh for being the first official host first Nation.   His excellency had  just one word to   describe the efforts of all the athletes “Wow!”  He then added, “Diversity, excellence and fair play, were all on display in Prince George  over the past 18 days”.

Games Host society  Chair, Anthony Everett    “I’ve never been more proud to come from this community” said Everett, moments after  repeating his  opening ceremonies “selfie”  and  encouraged the  crowd to  give applause to those who wore the green jackets,  the thousand of volunteers who  assisted  everyone during the Games.  He  asked the  athletes if  the Games Society had delivered on its promise to  make the 2015 Games  an unbelievably wonderful experience,  the athletes answered with cheers  and  applause.

Winnipeg  will  host the next Canada Games,   in the summer of 2017.

Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon passed the  Official Canada Games flag to  Mayor Lyn Hall,  who passed it over to Tom Quinn of the Canada Games,  who made the final  hand off to  Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg.gamesfinal

( at right,  Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg, waves the Canada Games flag – image courtesy TSN):

And then, to wrap up the night,  another spectacular fireworks display from Connaught Hill (image 250News)



Good low budget show, big white snowball balloons tells it all

‘The closing ceremony honoured the Lheidli T’enneh by lighting the Games torch in a traditional pit house, located on the UNBC campus. – Really? Why? What do the first nations have to do with the CWG? Grasping at straws here aren’t we? Why not pay tribute to the french canadians, or the Indo Canadians while they are at it? Didn’t they have just as much to do with the growth of PG, than the natives? Are we giving thanks to the Lheidli T’enneh at every event now?

Oh, and don’t come at me suggesting I’m ‘racist’, because I’m not. My family background is entrenched with native blood, but I don’t feel the need to celebrate every single event with it. Why are we not recognizing the other races of people who built this community, instead of singling out 1? Right.. it’s politically incorrect.. wouldn’t want to hurt anyone elses feelings…

Opening and closing cereromy were first class performances!
Nice to see young singing artists and the smiling faces of all the young athletes!!
Prince George – a job well done!!

Well done, PG! Well done. And to the Lheidli T’enneh Nation – thank you for showing the dignity and hospitality that only our First Nations can show. You’ve set the bar very high – well done!

Excellent job by the organizers and volunteers! Thank you for all your hard work, now take a breath and relax. You deserve it.

One of the best times I have every had as a volunteer. Might have hit 90 hours but was a great party.

“I’m not racist, BUT…” – said every racist ever

Congrats everyone, it has been a fantastic two weeks!!

I don’t identify with first nations traditions at all. It’s not in my blood, but the Lheidli T’enneh were host first nations and they have been in this area for over 2000 years… I’m gonna say they earned some recognition.

Was awesome two week event..PG stepped up and did a fantastic job hosting the nation.. Well done everyone involved.

I am neither a VIP nor a volunteer. I did not attend any events. I did my daily driving chores in the city without being negatively impacted by the games. I went to the plaza at random times, encountered few people and stood in line for a sad, limp $9.00 hotdog endorsed by Dragon TV and sold by an out of town vendor.

But I am proud of the volunteers and organizers who put on a great venue endorsed by national éclat. It will demonstrate that Prince George is able to put on a show worthy of national scale in the future.

Will tourism or commercial enterprises break down the door to establish business in Prince George because of the publicity? I doubt it. I have visited quite a few international events that ended in been there, done that.

Thanks to the volunteers to their hard work and long hours that they put in to put the best face of PG forward. I really enjoyed the events that I took in. It was a good experience to have in PG and am thankful that it all went off so well.
We had good national and provincial coverage of the event. Couldn’t ask for anything better than what occurred.

driving to work tonight and saw some beautiful northern lights! They couldnt have planned it any better!!

They should have had free attendance for minors if the games were about inspiring youth to reach for their possibilities. How that could have been over looked is beyond me.

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