The 2017 Canada Games flag for the 50th anniversary of the Games was raised at Grande Prairie City Hall earlier today.
The flag is making its way to previous host communities. The Mayor of Grande Prairie in 1995, Gord Graydon, says the Games helped establish the City in many ways.
“Obviously, there are the facilities that still exist and they’re still in use to and that was the big thing. And the legacy funds, the arts fund and there’s a sports fund and there were a few funds established with surpluses and they’re still in existence today.”
Grande Prairie was the smallest host city for the Games as well.
Karna Germsheid, Executive Director of the Grande Prairie Sport Council, says the 1995 Games had thousands of local volunteers and left a legacy behind.
“The first thing you need to recognize is that the community, as small as it was in 1995, brought together 8000 volunteers to run an exceptional show, so those volunteers are still in the system today volunteering and of course, the legacy is that they’re bringing up kids that are also volunteering and we can continue to bring forth that legacy. We also have the Canada Games Arena.”
The flag started the relay in Quebec City on February 11th to mark the first Games in 1967. It will visit host City’s ending in Winnipeg for the 2017 Canada Summer Games on July 28th.