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Waterloo Region’s Bid  Committee – (Waterloo Region, ON) – More than a thousand people flooded downtown Kitchener for a community pep rally at THEMUSEUM today.

Police closed a city block on King Street when the Mayors of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge and the Regional Chair joined the community to show the Canada Summer Games evaluation committee the amount of support behind the region’s 2021 bid. The event was even trending on Twitter most of the day.

“We knocked it out of the park,” says Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, “One of our goals was to show off our youth, our energy and our creativity — and we did just that.”

The day began with Waterloo Region’s Bid Chairman Jim Hallman, Olympian Mandy Bujold and a number of bid volunteers greeting the bid evaluation committee at the Delta Hotel with a special surprise.

“We had 25 students from Lincoln Heights school waiting in the lobby of the hotel for the evaluation committee,” says Chair Jim Hallman, “They performed the ‘Dance For Kindness’. It was magical and reinforced our bid’s key theme of building a legacy for the future. It was a great start to the day.”

The group then made it’s way to proposed venues at Guelph University, Chicopee, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. They got to ask questions from bid experts along the way.

Finally, the bid group made its formal presentation to the evaluation committee at Christie Digital — a global innovator in digital media.

“Using Christie Digital as a presentation venue was strategic,” says Mandy Bujold, “We wanted to ensure the decision-makers know the Waterloo Region is recognized around the world as a tech leader.  We already have Communitech planning to host a Canada Summer Games hack-a-thon and other tech leaders lining up to be a part of it. We will make our Games the most connected ever — a legacy we want to leave for the community and for future host communities.”

The Canada Summer Games bid evaluation will choose the 2021 host city on March 30th. Waterloo Region is competing against Niagara, Sudbury and Ottawa. The successful community will receive almost $20-million in capital improvements and operating funding.

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For more information on Waterloo Region’s Canada Games 2021 Bid, please contact Teddy Katz at canadagames@waterlooregion2021.ca or you can reach Teddy on his cell at 416 523 3188.

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