THOMPSON – Vale, a major employer in Thompson has stepped up and given a donation of $50,000 to the Thompson Host Society as the city prepares to host the Manitoba Winter Games in 2018.
"Despite the challenges currently faced by our Manitoba Operations and our community, Vale feels it is important to make a significant investment towards the success of these games and our region's young people who benefit from them. We encourage all businesses in the region to do the same," said Mark Scott, Vice President, Vale's Manitoba Operations. "This event will remind us and the province of Manitoba that Thompson and region can come together for a shared purpose, and that we are a resilient, diverse and dynamic community in the heart of the northern boreal region."
Thompson Host Society Co-Chair Murray Kissick is excited by the donation received by Vale. "Thank you to Vale supporting the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games. Receiving this contribution will assist the host society, along with the many volunteers, to put on an event that is second to none."
The Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro are the province's largest ongoing multi-sport event bringing together participants from across the province. The Games are held every two years and alternate between summer and winter sports events. Each set of Games involve upwards of 5,000 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. The 2018 Manitoba Winter Games are set to take place from March 4 to 10.
Sport Manitoba is a not for profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Clinic, Fitness Centre, Performance Centre, and Resource Centre.
For more information, please contact:
Bruce Krentz, Games Communications Chair, at 204-307-6099.