On the road: the Huntsville 2019 Jeep spreads the word about healthy, active living

A new vehicle will be taking the message of healthy, active living and aging on the road across Muskoka in the coming months.

On August 9, members of the Huntsville 2019 Games Organizing Committee (GOC) unveiled the Ontario 55+ Winter Games Jeep at the Canada Summit Centre. The event, which will be hosted by Huntsville and surrounding communities from March 5-7, 2019, will see almost 1,000 participants from across the province competing in 10 different sports.

Huntsville 2019 GM Sheri Renaud said that the GOC is grateful to platinum sponsor Drive Muskoka and its three area dealerships—Armstrong Dodge, Huntsville Honda and Hyundai of Muskoka—for supporting the Games with a Jeep to help spread the message as well as runner vehicles for use during Games time.

“The Games Jeep will be at the Ontario 55+ Summer Games this weekend in Mississauga, and at upcoming events around Muskoka,” said Renaud. “It will also be out visiting seniors centres around Muskoka and Lake of Bays. Watch for it around Huntsville in the months leading up to the Games.”

She also gave a shout out to the other local sponsors who have come on board already: Best Western Muskoka Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Deerhurst Resort, District of Muskoka, Fountain Tire, Hearing Life Canada, Hidden Valley Resort, Holiday Inn Express, Home Comfort Care Services, Huntsville Brewhouse, Lakeland Power, Motel 6, Seamliss Marketing and Graphics, the Town of Huntsville, the Township of Lake of Bays, and YourTV Muskoka.

“Having the support of our sponsors now really lets us mobilize to start planning for all the things we want to provide to the participants,” said Renaud, “and it encourages others to get on board. There are new and unique sponsorship opportunities available and we are excited to partner with local businesses. Their contribution directly impacts the experience of the participants and we just can’t do it without the community support.”

Businesses across Muskoka can get involved in the Games either as sponsors or by providing volunteer support. “If a local business or service group wants to support the Games but aren’t able to provide sponsorship, they may have services or people power that would really help us out,” said Renaud.

Renaud noted that with almost 1,000 participants and their family members travelling to Huntsville and area, the event will have some solid economic impact. “We fill just about every hotel in town, we’re going to be using a lot of our local restaurants as caterers, and we encourage participants to enjoy the many exciting activities and amenities that Huntsville and Muskoka have to offer. We have a great reputation for hosting these types of events here and we’re going to knock it out of the park.”

For more information on sponsorship and how to get involved in the games, visit huntsville2019.ca and follow @Huntsville2019 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Huntsville 2019 calls for community-minded volunteers and sponsors

Huntsville’s long history of sporting excellence continues in 2019 with the arrival of the Ontario 55+ Winter Games.

The Games Organizing Committee (GOC) is excited to announce the launch of its website huntsville2019.ca, and with it a call for volunteers and sponsors. Help us make these Games the best ever!

The Games will need more than 200 volunteers in a variety of roles, from registration and transportation to food services, special events, photography, and more. You’ll find descriptions of the Games volunteer roles at huntsville2019.ca/volunteer. The Games recruitment portal is now open and we want you!

Huntsville 2019 will encompass three days of exciting competition from March 5-7, 2019. The Games will host 986 participants in 10 sports at venues in Huntsville and its neighboring communities of Baysville, Bracebridge, Burk’s Falls, and Gravenhurst. Volunteers are needed at all venues and events.

“Muskoka has a long-standing tradition of volunteerism and community support,” says Games General Manager, Sheri Renaud. “We are excited to showcase our region’s hospitality for the Ontario 55+ community.”

The Games wouldn’t be possible without the support of sponsors. We are thrilled with the early commitment of accommodation sponsors Best Western Plus, Comfort Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Motel 6; sports sponsor Hidden Valley Resort; and Friend of the Games sponsor Fountain Tire.

Sponsorship of the Games provides a unique opportunity for companies to both support community and promote active lifestyles for older adults. Sponsorship packages are available at huntsville2019.ca/sponsors.

Huntsville last hosted the Ontario 55+ Winter Games in 2013. The Huntsville 2019 Games will include competition in badminton, 10-pin bowling, curling, duplicate bridge, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, ice hockey, prediction skating, table tennis and volleyball.

Learn more about the Games and how you can be involved at huntsville2019.ca, and follow @Huntsville2019 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Huntsville began its one-year countdown to the Ontario 55+ Winter Games.

Last night, March 7, Huntsville began its one-year countdown to the Ontario 55+ Winter Games.

The Games Organizing Committee (GOC) gathered at the Active Living Centre with community members, volunteers, dignitaries and Town of Huntsville staff to celebrate. The Town of Huntsville will host the 2019 Games from March 5 to 7, 2019, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Huntsville last hosted the Ontario 55+ Winter Games in 2013.

“Here we are at the Summit Centre to ignite and kick-off the spirit and the spark for the Ontario 55+ Winter Games for next year,” said GOC Chair Fran Coleman. “We’ve had a long history of sports and tourism in our community and this adds another layer to what we have successfully done.”

Coleman thanked the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ontario Senior Games Association for their partnership and support of the Games, and introduced GOC General Manager Sheri Renaud and the volunteer committee chairs.

The one-year-out celebration also launched the Huntsville 2019 volunteer recruitment campaign. As with many local events, local volunteers will be critical to the success of the Games and more than 400 will be needed to support the event.

Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison gave a shout out to all of the volunteers who will be involved in the Games. “Having been involved in a few of these games now, it’s a lot of work but it’s rewarding… I appreciate your service to our community,” he said. “This is a community of volunteers and you’ve shown us once again that that’s the case.

“We are no strangers to these events. We are good at it and we like doing it and we’re always happy to welcome people from all over the province and all over the world.”

Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement agreed, “We’ve got such a great history of volunteerism in this community. It’s just fantastic… I look forward to this already. I think it’s fantastic that we get to welcome the province again and show our traditional hospitality and show off our great community, both the people and the surroundings.”

Greetings and well wishes were also extended by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) and the Ministry of Seniors Affairs.

Russell Zavitz, Manager, Games Unit for the MTCS shared a message from Minister Daiene Vernile: “I am thrilled that the Town of Huntsville was selected to host these Games for a second time and I am certain that your vibrant community will deliver an exceptional experience for the athletes and their coaches, friends and families. Our government is pleased to support this event through the Games Ontario program, part of our commitment to helping more people participate and excel in sport.”

Minister of Seniors Affairs, Dipika Damerla, wasn’t able to attend the celebration, but sent the following message: “Supporting an active lifestyle for seniors is part of the government’s new Action Plan for Seniors. I commend the OSGA for their efforts in ensuring that seniors remain physically and mentally active, and have the opportunity to participate in fun and stimulating social pursuits with their peers.”

Huntsville 2019 General Manager, Sheri Renaud, unveiled the sports to be included in next year’s Ontario 55+ Winter Games: badminton, 10-pin bowling, curling, duplicate bridge, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, ice hockey, prediction skating, table tennis and volleyball.

She encouraged the community to follow the Games on its social media channels – facebook.com/Huntsville2019 and on both Twitter and Instagram @Huntsville2019 – and watch for the launch of the new Huntsville 2019 website soon.

Community members and local businesses are invited to get involved with Huntsville 2019 as volunteers or sponsors. Email sheri.renaud@huntsville.ca for details.

Games Ontario

The Huntsville 2019 Ontario 55+ Winter Games is supported by the Ontario Government through its Games Ontario program. This program delivers or supports multi-sport events, including the Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth, the Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games, and the Ontario ParaSport Games.

Town of Huntsville

The Town of Huntsville is a town of 20,000 people in north Muskoka. Visit Huntsville.ca for more information.