International Volunteer Day

December 5th marks International Volunteer Day. For several years, the Ontario Cycling Association [OCA] has relied on volunteers to help run our events across all cycling disciplines. The faces change over the years but the dedication and effort the OCA volunteers put in never does.

Dan Marshall owner of Substance Project states “Thank you to all the volunteers who make bike races possible! Whether you are helping at an aid station, directing parking and registration, or carrying heavy bins where they are needed, mountain bike racing could not happen without you! “

“Cyclocross is a family affair (sometimes literally). It takes a village to push in stakes, wrap tape, sign in riders and keep the event running smoothly; often in poor weather conditions. If it wasn’t for the generosity of volunteers, time and effort, none of this would be possible. I’m thankful for each and every one of them” Andrew Paradowski, Race Director: Toronto CX, Milton CX

Track Events Operations Manager Mel Crosby shares “I have had the honor of working with the OCA volunteers since the first two track events held at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in 2015, the Milton International Challenge and the Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games. For the vast majority of volunteers, those events were the first time they had been at a track, let alone experience track racing. Fast forward six years, and MANY of those same volunteers are still involved with the OCA.

Over the years, our volunteers have become like an extended family; they have supported one another and have grown and learned together all while watching the track program and athletes develop and mature. Running a successful track event requires the support of a small village, but it really is our amazing and dedicated volunteers that are the heart and soul of each and every OCA event.”

On behalf of the OCA we thank all volunteers not just today but every day.