Volunteers Make Canada Proud at Rio Olympics
Mississauga, ON – At the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the amazing athletic feats took center stage but the games would not be possible without a small army of volunteers from around the world. Among them was Janice Rosenitsch, a Sutton REALTOR® (pictured left with Curt Harnett, Olympic medallist and Team Canada’s ‘chef de mission’). Inspired by the international volunteers she met at the Pan Am Games in Toronto last year, Janice signed up for Rio 2016.
As a bartender at the Canada Olympic House (COH), which is a venue for athletes, visitors, media and sponsors, Janice witnessed many happy celebrations.
“It was incredible to meet some of the athletes and have a front row seat to hear their stories and feel their joy at the medal celebrations held in the Celebration Room at COH. I met family members of athletes who were so proud of their children! Everyone wore Canada clothing and shared in an amazing sense of pride!”
“I also enjoyed the sights, sounds and people of a beautiful country. Obrigada Brazil! A highlight was making new friendships with the people of Brazil and volunteers from Canada and many other countries.”
The experience was not without its challenges. Janice had to find her own accommodation along with thousands of other Olympic visitors. Searching online in advance, she found a beautiful, shared flat in the center of the city near COH. Another hurdle was the language barrier. “Not many people speak English in Rio,” she notes. “That made it very challenging when trying to explore the city, but the people of Brazil were very warm and welcoming. Pointing and gesturing usually worked quite well.”
Janice is looking forward to volunteering at the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo.
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