A university professor is volunteering to lead Nova Scotia’sparticipation in the Canada Games. Joe MacDonald of Antigonish is the new chair of the Canada GamesManagement Group. The group is responsible for the management,preparation and participation of Team Nova Scotia in the CanadaGames. “I’m pleased to have Mr. MacDonald continuing his commitment toour Canada Games athletes in this new role,” said HealthPromotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “His lifelong dedication tosport and physical activity make him an ideal candidate to leadthe many players involved in supporting Team Nova Scotia.” Mr. MacDonald holds a masters in physical education and has beena member of the education faculty at St. Francis XavierUniversity for 26 years. He served as the university’s assistantathletic director for 10 years. Mr. MacDonald volunteers with the Canadian Association forHealth, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. For two years,he chaired the finance committee of the Canada Games ManagementGroup before assuming his current position in March. “I’ve been involved with sport all my life and I see thisposition as an opportunity to broaden my efforts to help youngathletes achieve their goals,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Nova Scotiahas been recognized for its leadership and Games spirit, and Iaim to continue building on these strengths.” Nova Scotia is also the only province to win the Claude HardyAward for the best mission staff since its inception. The awardwas first presented in 2001 and again in 2003. Mission staff fromall provinces and territories voted on the recipient. The management group’s board members are mostly volunteers. Theyare appointed by, and accountable to, the minister. The group isunique in Canada in terms of its approach to supporting NovaScotia athletes. It is the first non-government group to manage the participationof a provincial team at the Canada Games; the first partnershipof government, the sports community and volunteers to support aGames team; and the first to form a fully volunteer missionstaff. The next Canada Games will take place in Regina, Sask. fromAugust 6 to 20, 2005. The 2011 winter Games will take place inNova Scotia. The bid process for hosting these Games will beginin 2006. Information for communities interested in preparing abid will be available this summer.