Coun. Glenn Fagnan was appointed the city council representative for the 2020 Saskatchewan Summer Games board of directors. FILE PHOTO
Now that the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games are finished, Lloydminster is preparing for their host duties for the 2020 Saskatchewan Summer Games.
City council has officially appointed their summer games city representatives for the board of directors, with Coun. Glenn Fagnan was appointed as the city council representative.
“It’s a great opportunity to be involved with the games,” he said.
Fagnan was involved in the 1997 Alberta Summer Games and the 2008 Saskatchewan Summer Games.
He was in charge of the food and was also a co-chair during his previous times with the summer Games.
“It was a great experience and I certainly learned lots,” he said.
Chair is Kevin Kush, vice-chair Cindy Rekimowich, board advisor Larry Sauer, city representative Don Stang, athlete services Jeff Dustow, admin and finance Trevor Beaton, logistics Todd Robinson, marketing and promotion Jill Kelly, friends of the games Guy Dudding, sports Ryan Sklapsky, ceremonies and protocol Karen Musgrave, venues Dale Howland, volunteers Wendy Plandowski, cultural events Gwen Mottram, food services Michelle Oswell and information tech Kyle Leasak.
“Everybody on the board is volunteers, and we have a really nice mix,” said Fagnan.
“We have some folks who have experienced the past two games, and we have a number of people that this will be their first time, so some new blood coming in.”
With the newer additions to the board, Fagnan noted it was a good way to pass the torch of knowledge to them in case Lloydminster hosts the Games another time down the line.
With the previous experience of Fagnan and some of the people on the board of directors, he said they learned a lot on the financal side from the 2008 Games.
“Things were starting to slow down, and it put quite a bit of pressure on the dollars that we needed to raise, companies just weren’t as generous, they couldn’t be,” he said.
The representatives are anticipating the heart of the games to happen at Lakeland College.
“They will be sleeping there and eating there, of course, there will be all kinds of activities going on day and night,” said Fagnan. “It’s a great facility and a lot of people wouldn’t have seen it if it hadn’t been for the games.”
Appointing the board of directors was just one of the first steps for the host city, with many things next to tackle.
“Now it’s going to be a matter of hiring a general manager, and then moving on to administration and we just slowly add people on over the two-year process,” explained Fagnan.
The ongoing process is helped out by the Saskatchewan Games, as Fagnan said they have an ideal template for the host cities to work with.