Langley resident bidding on a better tomorrow

Langley, B.C.—Like hundreds of people in the Lower Mainland Langley’s Jon Wesling has spent months tirelessly representing a company that will be virtually dissolved by the end of the month. Whether they’re successful or not, Wesling and his colleagues will be left unemployed come July.

However you won’t hear any complaints about this shut down. For once, however, the company’s termination is appropriate. On July 2nd at 6:30am, Wesling will be among the crowd gathered at GM Place, waiting in anticipation to “Celebrate the Dream” with the rest of Vancouver’s Olympic Bid employees, volunteers and supporters.

For the past six months Wesling and his team have been traveling to Prince Rupert, Trail, Ft. Saint John, Victoria, Nelson, Vancouver and everywhere in between promoting the 2010 Olympic Bid with an extensive interactive multi-media exhibit.

As a 2003 business graduate of Trinity Western University, and an alumnus of TWU’s men’s hockey and rowing teams, Wesling believes that the 2010 Olympics would be a positive boost for Canada—and he’s is optimistic about our chances.

“We have a very strong bid,” he says. “It’s well thought out, well planned and from those points, we’ve got a very good chance of getting it. I’m excited about the new venues they’ve got planned. Particularly the secondary hockey arena at UBC and the speed-skating long track at SFU. At the University of Calgary, near where I used to live, constructing the long track was a huge plus for the community—it’s always packed with either speed-skating professionals or the public.”

Langley Township Mayor Kurt Alberts, who participated with Wesling in Langley’s Olympic Bid exhibit, agrees with Wesling’s analysis. “I think Vancouver has better than a good chance,” he says. “I think it has an excellent chance and I think our whole community is optimistic about the Vancouver Bid.”

“The township of Langley supported the bid because we felt that it would be a great inspiration to all the young athletes,” continues Alberts. “And of course we felt it would be a great economic spin-off that would be felt throughout the province. We expect that Langley will also be able to receive some of those economic spin-offs.”

Like any recent graduate, Wesling anticipates those by-products, but in July he’ll be taking a break from his hectic Olympic Bid promotion schedule.

When asked which event he’d most want to experience in Vancouver, Wesling says it’s not an event at all.

“I have a sister and brother-in-law in New Zealand expecting their first child,” he says. “My dream is to watch the opening ceremonies with my niece or nephew on my knee, and to tell the child how seven years earlier, while he or she was busy being born, I played a small part in bringing the Olympics to Vancouver.”

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,200 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 other graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

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Last Updated: 2015-07-13
Author: Keela Keeping