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Toronto, ON – The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) as a Presenting Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, would like to congratulate the 33 Ontarians who were recently announced as Pan Am torchbearers.

Through the OLG Pass It ONtario Program, chambers of commerce and boards of trade from across the province were asked to select a local resident to carry the Pan Am torch as it makes its way through their communities. Torchbearer selections were made based on the core characteristics of the Torch Relay: community, celebration, participation and pride.

“OLG would like to thank all of the local chambers and boards for selecting outstanding members of their communities to carry the torch through the OLG Pass It ONtario Program,” said Stephen Rigby, President and CEO of OLG. “We are thrilled to be able to give exceptional people from across the province the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a Pan Am torchbearer and help ignite the spirit of the Pan Am Games. Congratulations, torchbearers.”

The following is a list of the selected torchbearers:

Jack Mallon of Thunder Bay, selected by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce

Joe Ruscio of Sault Ste. Marie, selected by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce

Patricia Mills of Sudbury, selected by the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce

John Strang of Astorville, selected by the North Bay Chamber of Commerce

Tim Barrie of Peterborough, selected by the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Quipp of Ajax, selected by the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade

Dana Smith of Port Perry, selected by the Scugog Chamber of Commerce

Gini Stringer of Orillia, selected by the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce

Craig Busch of Barrie, selected by the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Stovold of Innisfil, selected by the Greater Innisfil Chamber of Commerce

Michelle Seip of Wasaga Beach, selected by the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce

Casey Morrison of Collingwood, selected by the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce

John Grant of Hanover, selected by the Hanover Chamber of Commerce

Colin Tyler of Mississauga, selected by the Mississauga Board of Trade

John DeGroot of Sarnia, selected by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce

Shannon Prince of North Buxton, selected by the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce

Charlotte Loaring of Windsor, selected by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce

David Patchell-Evans of London, selected by the London Chamber of Commerce

Diane Langner of Woodstock, selected by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce

Dr. John Stickney of Fergus, selected by the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Lucy Marco of Brantford, selected by the Chamber of Commerce Brantford Brant

Leanne Standryk of Niagara Falls, selected by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Corporal Lloyd Jaundoo of Hamilton, selected by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

Corporal Chris Klodt of Branchtown, selected by the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce

Donna Coulter of Milton, selected by the Milton Chamber of Commerce

Mark Falbo of Woodbridge, selected by the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce

Michael Croxon of Newmarket, selected by the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce

Eric Tappenden of Markham, selected by the Markham Board of Trade

Jeff Westeinde of Ottawa, selected by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

Jordan Pridham of Kingston, selected by the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce

Fred Deacon of Belleville, selected by the Belleville and District Chamber of Commerce

Heather Pereira of Whitby, selected by the Whitby Chamber of Commerce

Doug Tarry of St. Thomas, selected by the St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce

The Torch Relay will start in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey will share the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.
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