Counting down from 100 to AWG

On December 11th it will be only 100 days until the Arctic Winter Games 2018 begin in the South Slave! I know, it’s hard to believe that we are just a short way away from the opening ceremonies, and as we know, time flies quickly. That is why I am reaching out to you. Now is the time to sign up to volunteer. The AWG needs over 1,500 volunteers to help make the games a success for everyone!

To sign up to volunteer, log onto the AWG website at https://awg2018.org; select the dropdown menu “VOLUNTEER,” and choose the logo of the community in which you want to volunteer. The AWG team is currently collecting general contact information, skills, interests and abilities. These will help them assign the right people to the right roles that best suit their abilities.

If you are not connected to the Internet there are a few options allowing you to volunteer. You can call the office at 867-874-2345 or drop by the office nearest you; Hay River - 62 Woodland Dr. Suite 101, Hay River, NT X0E 1G1; or Fort Smith - 195 McDougal Centre, Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0.

The friendly AWG staff will be more than happy to help you.

Remember, all volunteers must provide a completed criminal records check. Forms and instructions can be found on the “VOLUNTEER” page or obtained at the AWG office nearest you. We recommend that you get your criminal records check completed as soon as possible to make sure you are ready to be assigned your volunteer position.

Beginning in January, roles will be assigned to volunteers who are qualified. There are a wide variety of roles that need your help: minor sport officials (scorekeepers, timekeepers, announcers, etc.), food service, security, set up/take down, mascot handling, VIP host, data entry, help desk, marshals (opening & closing ceremonies), to name just a few.

There is also a need for specialized roles like doctors, nurses, IT specialists, drivers (bus & fleet), photographers and videographers, and many other important positions.

The 2018 Arctic Winter Games will be one of the most exciting events held in the South Slave in this owl’s memory. Both Hay River and Fort Smith have been working hard to prepare the communities for the arrival of all the participants, coaches, officials, and visiting spectators.

Kechi needs your help; get out, get involved, and make it happen!