Jully Black celebrates Games volunteers

By Gerald V. Paul

Dubbed Canada's Queen of R&B by fans and peers, Toronto 2015 Ambassador Jully Black’s energy, soulful vocals and raw emotion got the audience up dancing last Friday at the City of Toronto and 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Games celebration of volunteers and members of the Games advisory committee. Photo by GerardPhoto.
Dubbed Canada’s Queen of R&B by fans and peers, Toronto 2015 Ambassador Jully Black’s energy, soulful vocals and raw emotion got the audience up dancing last Friday at the City of Toronto and 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Games celebration of volunteers and members of the Games advisory committee. Photo by GerardPhoto.

Toronto 2015 ambassador and Canada’s Queen of R&B / Soul July Black was up close and personal recently at Toronto City Hall as the city and the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games celebrated their volunteers.

“This is for my city and my sister,” enthused Black.

Black, set to deliver This is for my City at the Phoenix on May 5, said she was happy to be part of the volunteer appreciation event last Friday and called for more young people to be involved in doing good for Toronto.

The city and Games recognized and thanked the hundreds of community and advisory group volunteers who have given their time over the past three years to help ensure the success of this summer’s Games.

The event featured appearances by Elise Marcotte, Olympian and Team Canada’s assistant chef de mission for the Pan Am Games; Benoit Huot, Paralympic multi-medalist and swimming and CIBC Team Next mentor and Greivis Vasque, TO2015 global ambassador and members of the Toronto Raptors.

A young Pan Am / Parapan Games fan celebrates with mascot Pachi.  Photo by GerardPhoto.
A young Pan Am / Parapan Games fan celebrates with mascot Pachi.
Photo by GerardPhoto.

“Our athletes are ready and are in their final stages of preparation to compete against the Americas here on home soil. Tickets are back on sale today so please get behind Canada’s athletes and take this rare opportunity to support them in our very own Greater Golden Horseshoe,” Marcotte said.

Mayor John Tory said in a statement: “Hosting the Pan and Parapan Am Games is a unique opportunity for our city.

“The Games offer Torontonians the chance to be part of a great sporting event and to take part in a unique cultural experience. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and worked so hard to bring the Games to Toronto.”

“The excitement for this once-in-a-lifetime event is building,” said David Peterson, TO2015 chair. “This is an incredible opportunity for athletes, spectators and volunteers.”

Great seats still remain for many events, including the preliminary rounds of basketball and football, where fans can see two games for the price of one at each session.

Gerald V. Paul
Gerald V. Paul