Thanks from Daniel Fontaine & Mike Klassen
Many, many thank yous to all of those who helped make our coverage of Vancouver's 2010 celebration a success. We marked the end of February with 2.25 million page views, nearly 1,000,000 visitors and tens of thousands of downloads of our printable guide. Our biggest thank you goes to you, our readers, who shared our guide with their friends by exchanging links via email, posting to their social network connections like Facebook and Twitter, and printing off copies our guide. It was a remarkable example of viral marketing for what became the biggest part of the 2010 Games celebration – the free activities geared to the majority of us without tickets for events.
First and foremost we must thank members of our families, friends and colleagues who have barely seen us since the middle of January. We've tested the patience of our wives almost daily, and our kids remained good natured despite many absences.
We must give a huge shout-out to the amazing Lisa Brideau, the unsung heroine behind our Google Map, as well writers Michelle Pereira, Kerri Brkich, Paul Hillsdon and Darren Chung for giving us great perspectives over the last several weeks!
Our thanks to staff in the Prime Minister's office and Minister's Regional Office for providing an exclusive first look of the Canada Pavilion accompanied by Prime Minister Harper and Senator Nancy Greene Raine. We were also honoured with an early look of the BC Pavilion at Robson Square, and we're extremely grateful to Minister Mary McNeil and her staff for this opportunity.
We thank broadcaster Bill Good for providing the inspiration for our Where 2 Be for Free guide, and his many colleagues at CKNW for helping us promote it. These include Christy Clark, Philip Till, Mike Smyth, and producers Rebecca Scott, Amy Lapsely and Carly Nichol. We were humbled by the special mention by CKNW's Michael Campbell, who told his listeners on the Morning News to ignore the negative media, and visit our site.
We are especially grateful to everyone at GlobalTV, including Managing Editor Clive Jackson, the amazing reporter Linda Aylesworth and her colleagues Brian Coxford, John Daly, Darlene Heidemann, Marisa Tomas, Robin Stickley, all the camera operators and anchors Chris Gailus & Deb Hope. As well the team behind the Global Morning News, hosts Steve Darling and Lynne Colliar, and of course Wayne Cox for his 2010 wish list. Your million viewers surely secured the success of the 2010 Games.
Many thanks to 24 Hours editor Dean Broughton and journalist Bob Mackin for their support and for plugging Where 2 Be for Free to their paper's readers.
We were pleased to work with CBC TV's Miyoung Lee and Theresa Lalonde, and appreciated the support of CBC Radio's Early Edition program, and the thoughtful wish list provided to us by host Rick Cluff. We also enjoyed the 2010 wish lists provided for our readers by CTV's Marke Driesschen, Christy Clark, and Rock 101's Brother Jake & Martin Strong.
Thanks to Vancouver Sun's Jeff Lee for the plug on his blog, and food writer Mia Stainsby for talking with us about nosh at the free venues. Thanks also to News 1130, CP 24's Rena Heer, and Mick Molloy and his producers at Australia's Channel 9 network.
Also, kudos to the folks at Translink's The Buzzer free newsletter for plugging our guide!
From the venues themselves there are so many people to thank for their hospitality. We were thrilled to be able to work with the folks at BC Hydro Power Smart Village, and to be able to offer tickets to the Olympic Men's Quarter Finals game. Our thanks to the fabulous Jacqueline Baptist and her staff down at Ontario House. We received a gracious welcome from House of Switzerland, and thank others down at Place de la Francophonie and Atlantic Canada House for communicating with us.
We appreciate the great tours of Surrey's 2010 Celebration site by city councillor Linda Hepner, and of Richmond's O Zone with media director Diana Waltmann. We were also thrilled to have an early look at the Flexity streetcar and thank the folks at Bombardier for this opportunity. Thanks to Tom Olsen at Alberta House, and thanks to Tewanee Joseph and Alex Rose for the amazing warm reception at the Four Host First Nations Pavilion.
Thanks also to Gary Schauerte of Canada's Northern House, and Freek De Wette of Holland Heineken House, and the warm reception CityCaucus.com received at so many other venues such as German Fan Fest, Kla-Howya Aboriginal Village, Saskatchewan House, West House, PRIDE House Vancouver and Discover Calabria, as well the many emails from cities and organizations notifying us of events, or stuff we missed.
We'd also like to thank the folks at Tourism BC, Tourism Vancouver, staff at the International Unaccredited Media Centre and even staff at VANOC who pointed thousands of visitors to our guide. As well, our thanks to Andrea Kay, aka 2010VanFan.ca, and video genius Kenneth Chan who were the embodiment of positive boosterism during Vancouver's 2010 Games.
Again, most of all we thank our readers, who not only provided us with insight on so many aspects of these venues we could have never discovered ourselves, but also shared Where 2 Be for Free with so many of their friends and family members. Now, we'll try to catch up on some rest, and get back to work on our next posts, as well as some news from the upcoming Paralympic Games beginning March 12th.