Social enterprise founder named Vancouver’s Community Torchbearer

February 9, 2010 | Uncategorized

Mayor Gregor Robertson today announced that Ken Lyotier, founder of Vancouver social enterprise United We Can, has been selected as the City’s Community Torchbearer who will carry the Olympic Flame into LiveCity Yaletown and light the cauldron on Feb. 11.

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A long-time resident in the Downtown Eastside, Lyotier is the recipient of numerous commendations and awards, including the Governor General’s Medal for Meritorious Service, for his efforts to engage community members in peer supported services and to bring positive changes to the neighbourhood.

"The Olympic Flame is bringing people together all across Canada in the spirit of unity, and our City will be filled with excitement when it arrives in Vancouver," said Mayor Robertson. "United We Can does great work supporting environmental, social, and economic development in the Downtown Eastside, and I cannot think of a more fitting person than Ken to carry the Torch into David Lam Park."

Celebrations at LiveCity Yaletown will begin at 4:30 pm on Feb. 11, the program will begin at 6:30 pm and the Torch is expected to arrive at 8 pm.

The City of Vancouver is providing a grant for United We Can to hire 70 workers to collect recyclables like beverage containers from 200 designated areas during the Games.