Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Olympic Torch Relay & Song Search New West

Hello 150th Anniversary Volunteers,

My name is Jay Young and I’m the Chairperson of the New Westminster Olympic Torch Relay Committee. Jennifer Peyton has graciously allowed me to e-mail you and let you know about a few things regarding the arrival of the torch to New Westminster. We hope you will be inspired to participate and let others know about these great opportunities!

  1. February 9, 2010 – is when the Torch will visit the Royal City with our Community Celebration taking place in Queen’s Park at 10:15 am.
  2. Volunteers Needed – If you are interested in volunteering for this event please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Shelly Schnee at
  3. Song Search New West – To generate community spirit ahead of the Olympic Torch’s arrival in New Westminster on February 9, 2010, a song writing contest is underway. It’s open to all New Westminster residents. Judges include Graham Wardle from CBC’s Heartland and New Westminster resident and music producer Don McLeod. Don is also the co-founder of the School Alliance of Student Songwriters (SASS), a program currently running at New Westminster Secondary. Prizes include a professional recording session and a chance to perform your song at the Torch Relay Community Celebration in Queen’s Park on February 9. The contest closes on January 11 and the winner will be announced January 18. To submit your self- produced video first upload it to youtube and then, cut and paste the link to the 'submit' page on
  4. Team Challenge - Not to distract you songwriters and performers from writing and performing your new song for submission to Song Search New West, but rather, just for added fun, why not take the team challenge? Your sports team or your co-workers may want to take the Team Challenge as laid out by the Hyack Football team. What is it? Teams and groups of any kind are challenged to sing the chorus to the newly written song 'Carry the Flame' better than the football team! That’s the team challenge!

For more information on Song Search New West or the Team Challenge please go to or e-mail

If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks in advance,

Jay Young
Recreation Programmer, Century House
New Westminster Parks, Culture & Recreation
Phone: 604.519.1061 Cell: 778.773.0501

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