Originally published on the DaninOttawa.com site on March 20th, 2012.
How else can one explain why the District of West Kelowna has made it to the top five in the quest to be Canada's Hockeyville this year? From my perspective, they sure are organized. They have an official local organizing committee, an official jersey (it's true, just see the picture above) but more importantly, they are extremely passionate about their bid to become Hockeyville in 2012.
I witnessed the organizing committee's passion first hand at the Warriors last regular season game March 3rd. MLA Ben Stewart and heard the terrific news from the organizing committee Co-chairs Adam Less and Andrew Dean, that the District of West Kelowna had made the first round. Campbell River and Osoyoos respectfully, were among the other communities competing for the prize from BC.
Fast forward to last Saturday night, where it was described to me (at home with a bad case of the flu) that the "Crowd was ecstatic..." when the announcement was made that West Kelowna had made the top five! Not only that they made the top five, but also came 2nd overall in terms of votes! This is a great achievement for the organizing committee. Adam and Andrew's team deserve all the applause and congratulations for leading the charge that so many have supported. But I would be extremely remiss if I gave anyone the impression that all the heavy lifting is done: Please help West Kelowna to win its bid to become Kraft Hockeyville. Public voting for which is open RIGHT NOW. www.krafthockeyville.cbc.ca We are under the Pacific division, Royal Lepage Place, West Kelowna. You can vote as often as you want, meaning THERE IS NO LIMIT PER DAY. So imagine how many times you can vote in five to ten minutes! So join in with the District of West Kelowna, help them to reach their goal and be Canada's Hockeyville!
More Background: West Kelowna is a new municipality that has endured many challenges over recent years and the Kraft Hockeyville campaign has brought the community together like never before. Winning Hockeyville would mean so much to West Kelowna which is why so many volunteers have spent countless hours over the past four months working hard to win the contest. Having finished the second round of fifteen second overall throughout Canada, West Kelowna has made it to the top 5 communities across the country and now advances to Hockeyville¹s final stage, which requires the public to vote as often as possible for their favourite community. We are up against stiff competition from Ontario, and we need to mobilize as much voting support as possible!
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