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NWT volunteers represent the North at Pan Am Games Tuesday July 14 2015 15 SPORTS RECREATION PAN AMERICAN GAMES Nomination forms are available at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre website your local band office or a Regional ECE Service Centre. Deadline for nominations is July 29 2015. For more information please contact ECE at 867 873-7920 or Call for Nominations The Department of Education Culture and Employment ECE is now accepting nominations for the Ministers Culture and Heritage Circle. The Ministers Culture and Heritage Circle recognizes youth individuals Elders and groups in the Northwest Territories who exemplify excellence and dedication to the promotion and preservation of the arts culture and heritage in their community or region. whileyoudrivewhileyoudrivewhileyoudrivewhileyoudrivewhileyoudrivewhileyoudrivewhileyoudrive TIRE NORTH LTD. 917 MACKENZIE HWY HAY RIVER NT X0E 0R8 867 874-2686 GET A SET OF CUSTOM WHEELS AT By DALI CARMICHAEL The NWT might not have any athletes par- ticipating in the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games Pan Am but volunteers and tradi- tional games demonstrators representing the territory are making the presence of the far North known. Last week the department of Munici- pal and Community Affairs MACA sent 14 volunteers and five traditional games demonstrators to the international multi- sport games as part of the NWT Youth Ambassador Program from July 10 to 26. Another 13 Youth Ambassador volunteers will attend the 2015 Parapan Am Games from Aug. 7 to 15. The traditional games youth ambassa- dors will be presenting displays of traditional Dene and Inuvialuit games to audiences at the Ontario Celebration Zone at the Water- front Centre in Toronto at the Aboriginal Pavilion at old Fort York and as pre-game demonstrations for a number of volleyball and handball events at the Pan Am Games said Ian Legaree a MACA representative travelling with the youth. Volunteers from across the NWT were se- lected to attend the games after a thorough vetting process followed by an intense train- ing period in the months leading up to the event. During four sessions in Yellowknife the crew brushed up on their public speak- ing safety and rst aid and tourism hospital- ity training in addition to completing online training as required by Pan Am. Once in Toronto the gig is no walk in the park. Each youth ambassador volunteer is ex- pected to work daily shifts as long as 10 hours. However there are major benets Le- garee said. In addition to exploring the sites of Can- adas largest city the youth have the chance to network with athletes professionals and other volunteers from across the Americas. Already the group was treated to an im- promptu workshop with internationally ac- claimed choreographer Alejandro Ronceria before the Pan Am opening ceremonies on July 10. Ronceria is the top producer and director of events at the Pan Am Aborigi- nal Pavilion being hosted throughout the games. The NWT group is only a small contin- gent of the almost 30000-strong volun- teer workforce at the Pan Am games which are being hosted around the southern On- tario region. As of publcation date Canada was lead- ing the medal count with 15 golds 11 silvers and nine bronzes. PhotosMACAIanLegaree NWT youth ambassadors demonstrate Dene hand games at the Pan Am Aboriginal Pavilion over the weekend. James Day Jr. from Inuvik demonstrates the proper form for the traditional Inuit two-foot high kick game.