Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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GranFondo Time 

Still some volunteer spots for some cool swag

Released by Tashon Ziara, Prospera Credit Union



he countdown is on for the 2014 Prospera Valley GranFondo on July 20. The GranFondo is a BIG event in the Fraser Valley. So big, in fact, that it will require the help of over 250 volunteers over two days. That’s a lot of people power.


Volunteers like Langley resident Shenaya Sweetman.


“Back in 2012 when I first heard about the Prospera Valley GranFondo, I wasn’t up to the challenge of riding in the race but jumped at the chance of being a volunteer,” says Shenaya, who signed up to be either a pace car driver or co-driver/navigator and ended up in the Lantern Rouge car. “Essentially, my job was to navigate my driver along the cycling routes in Fort Langley, which is gorgeous by the way, and make sure the cyclists were safe, on route and meeting the minimum time to complete the ride. My first experience was so amazing that I made sure I had the same role for the 2013 GranFondo and I would definitely do it again.”


This year Shenaya is taking a year off from her Lantern Rouge duties for educational reasons, but hopes to return as a volunteer in 2015.


It’s great being a GranFondo volunteer, knowing that you are making a difference and helping out with multiple duties throughout the event while also enjoying your time doing it, ” she explains.”


With just over a month to go until the big day, there are still some fun and exciting opportunities available such as route marshal, aid station volunteer, information booth volunteer or logistics support. Detailed information on all of these volunteer positions and more are available on the Prospera Valley GranFondo website.


The Prospera Valley GranFondo team is very appreciative of its volunteers and they’ll be showing their love with a sweet package of swag including:

A volunteer T-Shirt from Prospera Credit Union

A sandwich from Subway

A pair of cycling socks provided by CODE SPORTS ($15 value)

A VGF water bottle from Applewood, Alete and Fort Langley Cyclery

A Micro Fibre Towel from EcoTex

A $25 Gift Card from Go Gear

A Prospera reusable musette bag

A bottle of water from Lee's Market

A Red Racer Boston Growler Finisher’s Bottle.

Complimentary post-event meal provided by Lelem Arts and Cultural Cafe

“Volunteers really are the life-blood of community events like the Prospera Valley GranFondo and we know this amazing celebration of community and cycling just wouldn't happen without the contribution of time and talent that volunteers make,” says Alison Liebel, Volunteer Coordinator for the Prospera Valley GranFondo. “I just love seeing families and groups of friends choosing to spend their time together volunteering for an event. It’s a fantastic experience to be able to get involved in the behind the scenes action, meet new people and be part of something exciting.”


“We all know volunteering supports and strengthens our communities at a grassroots level and it doesn’t take much of a peek behind the scenes to see how much volunteers mean to the Prospera Valley GranFondo,” says Prospera’s President & CEO Bruce Howell. “There is literally no aspect of the event that doesn’t, in some way, depend on people being charitable with their time and energy. Our volunteers share in every success achieved by the GranFondo and we’re proud that they choose to spend their time with us.”


“We’re passionate about the strong sense of community that exists in the Fraser Valley,” says Marc Campbell, Event Director for the Prospera Valley GranFondo. “Sporting events like the GranFondo and the volunteering opportunities they create always tend to bring an amazing group of people together, which is a starting point for building many long lasting relationships. Thank you everyone for your support in making the Prospera Valley GranFondo an event that really showcases what is most special about the Fraser Valley.”


About the Prospera Valley GranFondo

The Prospera Valley GranFondo first debuted in 2012, created by Canadian Velo Event Management Society, a not-for-profit incorporated society in British Columbia that develops and manages world-class cycling events by partnering with community organizations and businesses with the goal of creating cycling legacies. An amazing community event, the   Prospera Valley GranFondo has something for everyone, from seasoned cyclists to novice riders with three separate routes based on distance and degrees of difficulty including a 160km GranFondo, an 88km MedioFondo, and a 50km PrestoFondo designed specifically to accommodate those who are new to the sport. Each ride begins and ends in Fort Langley and takes riders through the scenic Fraser Valley. To learn more about the 2014 Prospera Valley GranFondo, visit

About Prospera Credit Union

Building on more than 65 years of history in British Columbia, Prospera Credit Union is proud to be a member owned co-operative enterprise with operations that extend from Vancouver to Kelowna. As a full service financial institution that prides itself on building relationships, we serve our members through sixteen branches; online and mobile banking; and a locally-based contact centre. Through our membership in The Exchange network, our members enjoy fee-free access to more than 2,300 ATMs across Canada.


Making life better for everyone is important to us at Prospera. With an extensive community investment program devoted to supporting the organizations, events and volunteers that make our communities stronger, Prospera makes a meaningful difference in the financial well-being of our members and our communities.


To learn more about our community investment programs, check out our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

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