QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO: Yesterday in the Ontario Legislature, Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller rose tell MPPs about the successful Ontario 55+ Winter Games held in Huntsville and to thank the volunteers who made it happen:
I rise today to recognize the volunteers who made the Ontario 55+ Winter Games happen earlier this month in Huntsville, Muskoka.
Some 898 Ontarians between ages 55 and 86 came together in friendly competition to encourage healthy, active lifestyles. They took part in alpine and cross-country skiing, skating, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, hockey, curling, bowling and duplicate bridge.
Events like this don’t come together without a lot of hard work. I want to thank the organizing committee chair Fran Coleman and general manager Sheri Renaud for all of their work.
I also want to thank volunteer co-chairs Wendy McConnell and RuthAnn Cook, events chair Kelly Haywood, sport technical co-chairs John Cowan and Jonathan Percival, accommodation co-chairs Steve Carr and Jennifer Brockett, and medical co-chairs Emma Love and Angie Paulsen.
The work of these volunteers was supported by local businesses, including gold sponsor Drive Muskoka dealerships, silver sponsors YourTV and Hunters Bay Radio, bronze sponsors Downtown Huntsville BIA, Lake of Bays brewery and Bullock’s Your Independent Grocer, and so many more.
Finally, I want to recognize Huntsville mayor Scott Aitchison and the town council for their vision in applying to host the games for the second time. While Huntsville was host, events took place in Burk’s Falls, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst, as well as in Huntsville.
The games were a great success both for the athletes and the community. The event brought added business to local hotels and resorts, restaurants and stores at a traditionally quiet time of year.