VANOC recently embarked on a hiring spree for its communications department and it appears some of the new hires are not from British Columbia.
A news release was issued after 5 a.m. Sept. 25 to notify media that the “major milestone” announcement would happen at its Campus 2010 office headquarters at 9:30 a.m. The advisory lists several Olympic and Paralympic medalists who will attend what is expected to be the unveiling of the Games’ slogan.
The first is Paralympic alpine skier “Daniel Wesley, West Minister, British Columbia.”
His bio contains the same malapropism, but in the body it correctly reveals he is from the Vancouver suburb New Westminster.
New Westminster was the first capital of British Columbia from 1859 to 1868.
The B.C. Geographical Names database lists West Midway, West Milligan Creek and West Minton Creek. But no West Minister.
News and views on Vancouver 2010 (and beyond) from Bob Mackin.