We're getting ready for company!

By Tracy Bowman

I am REALLY excited about the upcoming Canada Summer Games that Winnipeg, Gimli and Kenora will play host to from July 28 to August 13!  I hope you are too.  How often do we host 20,000 visitors and 4,000 of Canada’s elite young athletes competing for gold who might be on the podium at the next Summer Olympics?  Apparently every half a century! 

The Canada Summer Games will be the biggest event we have hosted since the 1999 Pan Am Games.  TSN and RDS will each broadcast 40 hours of live Games coverage nationally, and every event will be webcast live and on-demand.  That’s a lot of eyes on us!

What I’m most excited about is that we have a golden opportunity to show off how beautiful our communities and its people are to the rest of the country.  20,000 visitors and 4,000 athletes…that’s a lot of company!  What do you do when you are expecting company?  You clean up and get things looking nice before your guests arrive.  That is what we are asking of everyone in the host communities to be thinking as we get closer to the Games. 

This very task of all of us partnering together to make our communities look the best they absolutely can be is the concept of the ‘Eyes of the Nation’ program.  It’s a challenge to get us thinking in this way and help out the best way we can.  How can you get involved?  Great question!  Here are just a few ways:

  • Organize a community / neighborhood clean-up
  • Plant flowers in the Canada Summer Games colors of red, yellow and orange
  • Tidy up your yard, workspace and neighborhood
  • If you have a business, use your outdoor signage to post messages of welcome to the 20,000 visitors and 4,000 athletes who are headed our way. 

As the “Eyes of the Nation” will be on us this summer, let’s show the nation how beautiful our communities are and let’s make them the envy of the entire nation.  We know we live in the best place in the country – let’s show that passion to all other Canadians!  Manitobans always step up to the plate when asked to volunteer or help out, and I know I can count you to help make our communities look beautiful.

And don’t keep what you’ve done to yourself.  Make sure to tell all your friends and family and encourage them to get involved.  Please post pictures of what you’re doing on social media using the following:  #JCGNation and @2017canadagames  Who knows, you might win a prize just for sharing your pictures with us!

Together, let’s make this The Hottest Summer in Half a Century!