Yellowknife, NT — Today, Northwestel announced its major support of Northern Canada’s premier sporting event for 2018, the South Slave Arctic Winter Games (AWG). Northwestel will commit $250,000 as the Legacy Sponsor for the AWG, continuing a longstanding 40-year partnership.
“Sports brings our Northern communities together. That’s why we’re excited about being a part of these games,” says Paul Gillard, Northwestel Vice President of Business Markets. “We understand the vital role the AWG plays in the development of healthy, active youth in our communities and we want to continue contributing to their success.”
Joined by Hon. Alfred Moses, Minster of Education, Culture and Employment, and representatives from the AWG Board and Sport North Federation, Northwestel announced its $250,000 sponsorship to a packed room of local business community members during a Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce event at the Explorer Hotel.
“Sports are an important way for our youth to stay healthy and develop not only physical skills, but also to become strong, confident future leaders,” says Minister Moses. “The Arctic Winter Games, hosted this year by the Northwest Territories, bring our youth together with their peers from other northern regions to compete and learn. I salute Northwestel for their commitment to northern youth.”
Northwestel has been working alongside the AWG Host Society to prepare essential communications services required to stage the games. A Northern company with more than 500 employees, Northwestel will also provide support to workers involved in the AWG as volunteers, coaches, officials, or organizers.
“The Host Society is thrilled to have Northwestel join our Games journey as a Legacy Sponsor,” says 2018 AWG President Greg Rowe. “Northwestel has been working alongside our staff for a number of months to ensure our communication requirements are met throughout our planning and preparations for the 2018 Games. They have been, and continue to be a dedicated sponsor of the Arctic Winter Games, as well as a supporter of a variety of community initiatives across Canada's north.”
The South Slave Arctic Winter Games will take place in Hay River and Fort Smith, from March 18 - 24, 2018.