REPORTING · 5th December 2014
Nanguz, the 2015 Canada Winter Games Mascot was in Kitimat on Thrusday, December 4th with the torch having pictures taken with the local hockey teams and anyone who came out. In the end, he was only on display for an hour before packing it in due to low crowds.
“Today, we have an illumination event here at the Kitimat Arena. We brought the torch here with us and we’re sharing the spirit of the 2015 Canada Winter Games with the community of Kitimat,” said Vanessa St. Louis, Community Relations Coordinator.
Nanguz means ‘Fox’ in the Carrier Language and has Red, Blue and Green highlights on his whiskers and tail representing the Northern Lights.
On December 6th, Kitimat resident Anne Berrisford will carry the torch in the Terrace leg of the relay from the Nisga'a Highway Intersection to Brook Street, approximately 500 metres. Her leg of the relay will take place at around 3:45 Pm.
The Terrace Torch Relay is set to run from 3:00 Pm to 5:15 Pm and travel from Kitsumkalum Hall to George Little Park. There will be torchbearers from Terrace and other surrounding communities in the Northwest including Burns Lake, Prince Rupert.
Berrisford was nominated by the former Mayor, Joanne Monaghan for a number of reasons. “Through minor sports, through sitting on the commissions for the city, just general volunteering,” said Berrisford.
“I’ve always admired Anne because she’s always been out in the forefront for organizing runs and walks and all those things when she was working at RTA and even after and she was always there in the front line and she participated in the Senior Winter Games and I thought she’d be a good candidate,” said Monaghan.
The hype for the games is certainly building. The Torch was lit in Ottawa in October before coming to BC. “We really brought the flame across BC. We’ve traveled across the region sharing the spirit of the games,” said Saint Louis.