© Austin M. Davis
Volunteers got fitted for their Telus Cup coats at Mosaic Place during the call for volunteers on Tuesday night.
Without Bob Mann’s generation, there wouldn’t be many volunteers for the 2014 Telus Cup.
“Somebody’s got to volunteer,” Mann, 74, told the Times-Herald.
Mann pointed out the Belle Plaine room of Mosaic Place on Tuesday was made up of mostly “white-hairs.”
He was one of about 30 people who responded to the call for volunteers. The Telus Cup Host Organizing Committee, and its sponsorship partner SaskEnergy, called for approximately 250 volunteers.
Mann is a regular volunteer. He said he gives his time to the cardiac program three mornings a week and volunteers in the basement of the Timothy Eaton Gardens.
“I’m retired, it’s something to do and you meet a lot of people,” Mann said.
Though it doesn’t take much to get Mann to volunteer, he has a connection to Midget AAA hockey in Moose Jaw.
“I go to the Generals games. My next door neighbour’s son is the assistant coach of the Generals,” Mann said.
He and a friend decided they’d volunteer after Moose Jaw was selected as the host city for the 41st National Midget Championship.
The tournament, which will be held from April 21-27, will be just the third time Saskatchewan has hosted the tournament.
“It does mean a lot for the City of Moose Jaw because you always have people coming from all over to come here and spend a night,” Mann said.
Mann volunteered 20 hours of his time during the Capital One Canada Cup of Curling in 2012.
“I worked in the lounge and I’ve never sold so much beer in my life,” Mann said.
Marlene Wiebe also volunteered during the Canada Cup, and was at the Tuesday registration for Telus Cup volunteers.
“I have a son that is an equipment manager for the AAA (team), and I’ve enjoyed all the games that I’ve been to,” Wiebe said.
She said she’ll try to enjoy as much of the games as she can while she’s not on her shifts.
“I enjoy the AAA hockey because they cannot fight. If they get a little rowdy, they’re gone, and I’m not a hockey fight fan,” Wiebe said.
She said it’s exciting to think some of the young hockey players in the tournament could be future members of the National Hockey League.
Neither Wiebe nor Mann minded the $25 fee for volunteers going towards jackets.
Kelly Miller, co-chair of the host committee, said the Tuesday night event bought the number of volunteers up to about 125. He wasn’t concerned about having only half of the desired number of volunteers.
“We’ll just keep pushing over the next four to six weeks to get more people on board,” Miller said.
He said there will be advertisements through local media outlets, sign-up sheets and information at Generals game and events like concerts at Mosaic Place.
“Volunteers are, of course, critical to making any event successful, and this is going to be the same in that we’re going to need people out there helping us and helping us make it all happen from the start of the event until the end of the event,” Miller said.
All volunteers must be 18 years old or have the signed consent of a parent or guardian.