Off to the Games…What a Story of a VolunteerShare Tweet
One of our colleagues at Molson Coors Canada is volunteering for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. I asked him if he would tell his story. Thanks to Steve Lintott, a 28-year employee of Molson Coors for telling this story and for allowing me to share it. Cheers! Go Canada Go…
When it was announced that Molson employees would get special consideration for Olympic volunteer positions I decided to give it a shot. Having family living in North Vancouver meant the major hurdle (having somewhere to stay) was covered, and the chance to help (in some small way) ensure the Olympics were a success, was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Unfortunately I procrastinated and missed the deadline to apply as a Molson employee. Initially I abandoned the idea thinking I wouldn’t have much chance of getting in, assuming the response from the general public would be huge. After thinking about it for a few weeks I decided to give it a shot anyway. Couldn’t hurt. I believe that was back in the fall of 2008.
I didn’t hear anything until spring 2009 when I was interviewed over the phone. Then when I didn’t hear back from them for a few months I assumed I wasn’t a successful candidate. However my hopes were raised again in August when I received an email from VANOC asking for some personal information in order to do a security check. Then another couple of months went by before I heard from them again (after some prodding on my part); and finally a position was offered in late November: Load Zone Attendant at the Killarney Centre. I still don’t know exactly what I will be doing, but I do know that the Killarney Centre is where the short track speed skaters will practice.
The one question everyone asks is: Do you get any tickets for the events? The answer is no. Volunteering is not about perks, it’s about helping people accomplish something they can’t do on their own. Volunteers get free public transit, and an opportunity to see the dress rehearsal for the opening ceremonies! I’m looking forward to a great adventure!