Langley is earning itself quite the reputation as a sports destination, and Michael Jackstien is credited for helping make that a reality.
Thatâ€™s in part why the Langley man has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Prestige Award for sports volunteer of the year, at least according to Deborah Kulchiski, executive director of Tourism Langley and the one behind nominated Jackstien for the honour.
â€œMichael was nominated for his volunteering efforts in 2013 for the 2013 BC Special Olympics hosted in Langley, as well as his preliminary volunteer work for the 2014 BC Senior Games, which will also be hosted in our proud community,â€ Kulchiski announced today (Friday, Feb. 28).
Jackstien was also president of the BC Summer Games when it was hosted in Langley a few summers back.
Tourism Langley has been a member of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) for the past eight years and continues to promote sports as part of the communityâ€™s tourism initiatives.
â€œPart of those initiatives includes expanding awareness of the efforts put forth by local sports champions such as Michael Jackstien and many other volunteers, community members, and staff,â€ she elaborated.
The Prestige Awards, now in their eight year, are awarded nationally by the CSTA as part of its annual sport event congress being hosted in Edmonton March 31 to April 3.