Central Park Business Centre welcomes Olympic torch and celebrates Olympic spirit

For immediate release Feb. 11, 2010

February 11 at 12:35 p.m. was an anticipated moment at Central Park Business Centre (CPBC), when staff and clients from its 40 offices came out to celebrate in red and white for the crossing of the Olympic torch from Burnaby into Vancouver.

“We were right at the centre of it all – it was so exciting to see it pass by just outside our building,” enthuses Diana Gray, Owner of CPBC, who is also an official volunteer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

The entire boardroom was decorated Canada-style, with flags galore, “Go Canada Go” signs and bowls of red apples – a true Canadian specialty.

On the large flat screen TV the party watched the news for the latest on the arrival of the torch and its bearer.  Then the call came, “hurry up, go outside, the torch is coming!!!”

“We waited in the cold and rain with local street performers, excited community members and lots of people with cameras!” recalls Gray.

As the torch and its parade of police bikes and sponsor trucks got closer, it became even difficult for cars to make their way through the crowds, who were by this point hovering along Kingsway, right at the corner of Boundary Road.

When the moment came, and the flaming torch was proudly held high in the air by its bearer, it was known to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – when else would the Collingwood community ever get to see an International icon up so close, and not too far from home either?

View a slideshow of the event!

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