New Meadow Lake soccer field an everlasting tribute

by Sabine Gibbins

They scrubbed, they cleaned, they secured the premises, they served food and they led by example.

They were the 2012 Saskatchewan Summer Games volunteers and, in recognition of their efforts, the Games Committee made sure they did not go unnoticed by naming a very special community space after them.

Welcome to Volunteer Field, a soccer pitch located near Jubilee Elementary School, the place where hundreds of athletes took part in soccer games during the provincial sporting event held in Meadow Lake July 29 to Aug. 4.

“It’s a tribute to all the volunteers who helped out at the Summer Games,” said Brian Gislason, Games co-chair. “It was a project they worked on for the last few weeks before the culmination of the event.”

More than 1,100 volunteers from Meadow Lake, Makwa, Rapid View, Dorintosh and the surrounding area helped out any way they could – from food services, to security, to admissions, to merchandise, and even at places like the Lounge in the Meadow at the Meadow Lake Civic Centre, not to overlook those who volunteered at the many events and sporting venues.

Roberta Patterson, Games manager, said the volunteers went above and beyond the call of duty, and this is their legacy.

“I think, over the course of the Games, people came to understand just how much time and effort went into putting things into action for the event,” she said. “Some of the jobs were very labour-intensive.”

Soccer venue chair Rob Tether said he, along with other volunteers, is pleased to be recognized for his efforts.

“It is nice to see that the city and committee thought about the volunteers,” he said, as he helped his wife clean up the last of the soccer equipment. “Lots of people helped in so many different ways, like putting the soccer pitches together for instance. It brought the rural municipality and the city together. It’s kind of nice to be recognized. It’s been a long two years, but it all paid off in the end.”

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