The 2023 Saskatchewan Winter Games Host Organizing Committee, along with SaskEnergy, Champion of Volunteers for the Games, officially launched its volunteer recruitment campaign today.
Originally scheduled for February 2022 (but delayed due to COVID), the Games are now being held February 19-25, 2023, in Regina.
The Games will require the assistance of more than 1,000 local volunteers throughout the week-long event. Volunteer roles include greeting participants, helping to feed athletes at the Athletes' Village, scorekeeping at events, assisting with medical needs, and more. There are roles for all ages, abilities, and accessibilities, including opportunities for youth aged 13-17 to volunteer as well.
“Our Host Organizing Committee is thrilled to be launching our volunteer recruitment campaign. Volunteers have been an integral part of the past 50 years of these Games, and will be vital to the success of our Games in Regina,” said Chairperson Valerie Sluth. “Regina, I encourage you to participate in the Games by signing up to volunteer. You would be playing a part in bringing to life a sporting event for Saskatchewan’s brightest young athletes. These events create memories that last a lifetime and prepare these athletes to be leaders in the future.”
“SaskEnergy is excited to sponsor the 2023 Saskatchewan Winter Games as the Champion of Volunteers,” SaskEnergy’s Acting President and CEO Mark Guillet said. “SaskEnergy has been a committed sponsor of the Saskatchewan Summer and Winter Games for more than two decades—helping to develop competitive sport in our province and prepare Saskatchewan athletes to compete on the national stage. Volunteer spirit brings people together in an atmosphere of good will, camaraderie, and friendship—three more reasons why SaskEnergy is honoured to be the Champion of Volunteers for these Games.”
Volunteers are asked to commit to volunteering 12-16 hours (three or four shifts of four hours in length). There is also a $20 commitment registration fee. All volunteers 17 years and older will be required to submit a Criminal Record Check. Some roles will also need a Vulnerable Sector Check. The process for obtaining a Criminal Record Check and paying the $20 commitment fee will be shared with registered volunteers at a later date. Youth volunteers who are 13-14 years of age will require parental consent as well as a parent or guardian as a chaperone. Volunteers aged 15-17 require parental consent. Youth volunteers are not required to pay the $20 fee.
To learn more about volunteer roles or to sign up to volunteer, visit https://saskgames.ca/winter/volunteer.