Peace Region torchbearers announced * Update

By Christine Rumleskie

With just two days until the 2010 Olympic Torch comes to town, Vanoc has released a full list of torchbearers in the Peace Region.

A total of 49 torchbearers will be hitting the streets of Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge, Saulteau First Nation, Hudson’s Hope and then Fort St. John.

While the list doesn’t indicate each torchbearer’s hometown, it does provide the individual’s home province.

It turns out that 24 of the torchbearers are coming in from Alberta to carry the torch in the Peace.

The relay will begin in Dawson Creek at around 9:40 a.m. Of the 30 torchbearers running the route, 21 are from Alberta. That’s because around 20 students and teachers from a native reserve in Fox Lake, Alberta, won a position in the Team Torchbearer program. The torch will be carried by the team of students for one kilometre of the route.

Now, it’s already been confirmed that both torchbearers in Tumbler Ridge are coming in from Terrace, B.C. and Alberta. And, of the two torch-carriers in Chetwynd, one is an Alberta resident.

Below is a full list of Fort St. John’s torchbearers:

Ross H. MacLean
Jamie Lee
Connie Richter
Liz Logan
Dan Bouillon
Doug Bloom
Susan Stark
Darryl Tegart
Cyril Hannon
Bryanna Birks

It was previously reported that Calvin Osterlund would be a torchbearer in Fort St. John. However, that has changed, and Osterlund will actually be carrying the torch in Dawson Creek.

Click here for a full list of torch routes and times in the Peace Region.

*** Update – The Premier’s Office confirmed on Friday that Gordon Campbell will be on hand for Fort St. John’s torch relay and celebration on Sunday.