Seniors Games leaves legacy in Langleys

 

The community will end up with a legacy of about $10,000 from hosting the BC Seniors Games.

But not before having to borrow money from Langley Township and City.

In July games organizers approached the City and received $15,000 and another $60,000 from the Township.

“The games were not an easy thing to pull off financially,” said Michael Jackstein, vice president of the local Seniors Games Society.

With the loans, the organizers were able to meet their financial commitments and pull off the games.

The games ended up costing almost $700,000. About 28 per cent came from the provincial government, another 22 per cent from the almost 4,000 games participants through their fees.

“The community came through with virtually half of the money we raised,” he said.

He said organizing the seniors games were more difficult than other big sporting events, in part because of donor fatigue after hosting the 2010 BC Games for young people and the Special Olympics games after that.

In addition to the $10,000 legacy to this community, there was a financial impact.

The games injected approximately $2 million in business activity in the area, Jackstein said.

“I know we will remember it for a long time,” said City Councillor Teri James.

Coun. Dave Hall wondered when the community should consider hosting events in the future.

Jackstein suggested revisiting the issue in about three years since putting in bids would take a couple of years to work through the process. By then, residents would be ready for the challenge, he said.

Just Posted

Court tosses Port Moody’s ticket for anti-SOGI rally

A group founded by a Langley woman was fined for a rally in Port Moody in 2018.

VIDEO: Dragon’s Den star headlines Unapologetically Her show in Langley

TV celebrity, author, and renowned entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson speaks truths about powerful women.

Aldergrove Kodiaks drown Whalers 6-3

Aldergrove Junior hockey team secure in PJHL playoffs spot next month

Langley women’s group fundraises by celebrating life of Scottish poet

The Soroptimists of the Langleys are hosting a Robbie Burns Night as a fundraiser for local seniors.

LETTER: Langley/Surrey shortchanged on transit for Vancouver

Funding to get SkyTrain to Langley City could come from not undergrounding Vancouver’s extension.

VIDEO: Langley grocer serves up breakfast to neighbouring school

Willoughby Elementary students and their families could enjoy a free breakfast on Thursday morning.

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Manure company causing ‘toxic’ stink at Abbotsford school seeks permit

Property across from King Traditional Elementary cannot operate manure facility without permit

Vancouver city council endorses free transit for youth

Mayor Kennedy Stewart will write a support letter to TransLink

Most Read