Trevor Linden to speak in Castlegar Thursday, May 16

Former Canucks captain will be the keynote speaker at Recreation Facilities Association of BC conference.

One of Canada’s most well-known athletes, former Vancouver Canuck captain Trevor Linden, will be speaking in Castlegar on Thursday, May 16 and there will be an opportunity for children to play hockey with him earlier that day.

Linden, who played in the NHL from 1988 to 2008, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming 2013 Recreation Facilities Association of BC (RFABC) conference being held at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre.

HIs keynote address will take place at 7:30 p.m. and will focus on the leadership skills required to drive environmental responsibility.

The City of Trail Parks and Recreation, Castlegar & District Recreation Centre and the Nelson & District Community Complex, with the major sponsorship of Teck, announced the event in a press release, stating approximately 100 conference attendees are expected May 14-16.

The conference will focus on issues such as heat recovery, green technology, energy efficiency and human resources for managers and operators in the parks and recreation industry.

The RFABC conference committee decided to open up the keynote address to engage the community and only 50 tickets will be available for $75 per person. The ticket cost also includes a banquet dinner at 6:30 p.m.

“Having this exceptional athlete speak at our conference is certainly a highlight for the whole conference,” said Todd Wallace Chair of the RFABC Conference Committee in the release. “With the addition of the community outreach, this becomes a regional event we can all celebrate and be proud of.  We couldn’t have done this with the major sponsorship from Teck. The RFABC Conference committee is very thankful for their outstanding support.”

Linden took the Canucks to the Stanley Cup final in 1994 (falling to the Rangers in seven games) and was captain of the team from 1990-1997. His #16 Canucks jersey was retired December 17, 2008. He was an integral part of not only the Canucks organization but also World Cup, Olympics, and All-Star teams. Linden was awarded the Order of Canada in 2010.

In addition to opening the keynote address out to the public, the RFABC conference committee wanted to ensure kids in the Kootenays were given an opportunity to meet Trevor Linden.

“We didn’t want to forget the kids,” said Robert Baker, Trail Parks & Recreation Deputy Director and RFABC Committee member in the release. “Because hockey is such an important part of life to so many kids in this area, we wanted to give them a chance to meet Trevor, too. Teck is sponsoring a poster contest to choose 48 kids to play floor hockey at the Castlegar Recreation Centre with Trevor. We can’t wait to see the expressions on their faces when he shows up with his hockey stick.”

The poster contest will ask kids to draw and write out their best ideas to help keep the Kootenays green. 16 kids from three age categories (7-9, 10-12 and 13-15 years) will be chosen and invited to come out to the Castlegar Complex from 4:00 to 4:45 pm on May 16 to play in the game.

The poster contest details will be also communicated via all schools in School Districts 8, 20 and St. Michael’s Catholic Elementary School. Posters will not be distributed at schools, but can be picked up at the Castlegar, Trail and Nelson Recreation Centres starting Tuesday, April 16.

All posters must be returned to the recreation centres by Thursday, May 2.

Winners will be notified on Friday, May 3.

Tickets for the banquet and keynote address can be purchased by calling Robert Baker at 250-364-0808.

For additional information on the kids’ poster contest, please contact Heather Anderson at 250-365-3386.


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