Be part of the #bestgamesever, say Huntsville 2019 volunteer co-chairs Wendy McConnell and Ruthann Cook



“We have a really great volunteer base in Huntsville,” says Wendy McConnell.

She would know. Wendy has been involved in many of Huntsville’s major sporting events, all of which have relied on volunteers for their success. She’s now the volunteer co-chair, along with Ruthann Cook, for the Huntsville 2019 Ontario 55+ Winter Games, which will be coming to town March 5-7, 2019. “I have no doubt that local volunteers will once again step up to make these the best Games ever,” she says.

About 150 volunteers are needed for the Games, which will bring almost 1,000 participants—along with their families and supporters—to Huntsville.

“There’s a big variety of volunteer roles available,” says Wendy. “No matter what your interests or how much time you can commit, there’s something for everyone.”

Because the Games competitions happen mid-week and during the day, the volunteer positions are ideal for retired people and seniors—the Games, after all, are about healthy, active, and engaged aging. Volunteering for the Games is also a great opportunity for community supporters of all ages to help give the participants a warm welcome to Huntsville.

This community is well known for its exceptional events and that’s due in large part to the volunteers who greet our visitors, make them feel at home, and work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure they have a great experience while they are here.
Wendy McConnell, volunteer co-chair, Huntsville 2019 Ontario 55+ Winter Games

There are 10 sports for the Huntsville 2019 Ontario 55+ Winter Games, being hosted at 14 venues across Muskoka. Most are in the Huntsville area, but competitions are also being held in Burk’s Falls, Baysville, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst. Volunteers are needed both in the lead up to and during the Games, and at all of the sporting locations.

“We need people to welcome and register participants at local hotels, team and bus ambassadors, greeters for the sport venues, medical personnel, people to help with food services, scoring and timekeeping, drivers to provide transportation, photographers for the events, people to act as general runners, and more,” says Wendy. You can see all of the available volunteer roles at

To register as a volunteer, you will first need to register with the town as you would for a leisure program and then you can sign up from there. If you encounter difficulties, visit the customer service desk at the Canada Summit Centre or call the Games office at 705-789-6421 ext 3043.

The Games will also leave a volunteer legacy, says Wendy. “We’ll be providing a full day of first aid and CPR training in January, free of charge to a limited number of registered volunteers. Those skills will remain in the community for volunteers to use in future events and in their own lives.”

Games volunteers will get up to speed on their duties and the expectations of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport at volunteer information sessions in February.

And, of course, there’s volunteer swag—each volunteer will receive a Huntsville 2019-branded long-sleeved t-shirt and toque as thanks for their participation.

If you’re not able to volunteer, come out during the Games to cheer on the participants. Admission is free for all of the sports. You can see the list of venues here.

The new Arrowhead Visitor Centre at Arrowhead Provincial Park is one of the venues for Huntsville 2019

The new Arrowhead Visitor Centre at Arrowhead Provincial Park is one of the venues for Huntsville 2019

The Huntsville 2019 Ontario 55+ Winter Games are sponsored by Games Ontario, the OSGA, and the Town of Huntsville. The Games also relies on sponsorships from local businesses and thanks platinum sponsor Drive Muskoka, silver sponsors YourTV and Hunters Bay Radio, bronze sponsors the Downtown Huntsville BIA, the Huntsville Brewhouse, and Bullock’s Independent Grocer, as well as its many sport, accommodation, and other sponsors for their support.

Learn more about the Huntsville 2019 Ontario 55+ Winter Games at or follow along on Facebook
and on Twitter or Instagram @huntsville2019.

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