INTERNeX Canada: BC Sports Hall of Fame – Summer Party Silver Sponsor

Today INTERNeX is happy to introduce our partner and summer party silver sponsor BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum! See our Summer Party event page for more information on this event of summer 2012! Thank you, BCSHOF, for supporting this awesome event.

 

Have you discovered Canadian ice hockey? Are you crazy about soccer? Or is it all about the Olympics for you? The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum informs you about these sports and many other athletic achievements and events in BC sports history. Founded in 1966, they preserve BC’s sport heritage, honor outstanding athletes, and exhibit distinct artifacts from the world of sports. Additionally, the museum and foundation try to inspire and encourages all British Columbians to pursue their dreams by telling success stories of BC athletes and managing programs like the Hero In You Education Program. Honouring the Past. Inspiring the Future is their vision and motto.

The BC Sports Hall of Fame entertains and educates through many exciting and interactive exhibits. Steal a look into the BC Place Stadium through the viewing window or try out interactive games in the Participation Zone, such as climbing on the treadwall, running on the 14m track or kicking in the soccer simulator. Are you in the Olympic spirit? There is a new exhibit space dedicated to the artifacts and stories from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Take a look at Olympic torches, medals, uniforms, gifts and equipment from teams all over the world.

Each year a few outstanding sport talents who accomplished greatness and brought pride to British Columbia are selected to be honored by the BC Sports Hall of Fame. The Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Lions, and even some Olympic Teams are among them. The BC teams and athletes are from all kinds of sports: of course ice hockey, curling, or soccer, but also figure skating and horse racing, diving and canoeing, and many more.

 

Learn about Canada’s and British Columbia’s sport history and extraordinary achievements of individuals and teams from your host country! The BC Sports Hall of Fame is located at BC Place Stadium, right in the home of BC Lions and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Check out their website for more information: www.bcsportshalloffame.com. Join the INTERNeX Summer Party 2012 and win free tickets for this heart of BC sports!

Cheers,

Xenia

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Elemental-The Show at Lake Louise

These next few days Vancouver will be buzzing once again with Winter fever because of the 2010 Paralympic games. However, for those of you are not in Vancouver for this eight day event don’t fret there is always something to do around Canada…trust me! If you happen to be in Lake Louise this weekend don’t miss the opportunity to witness one of the most majestic performances ever performed on the frozen glacial waters of Lake Louise. This series of outdoor performances will feature a cast of International and local Canadian Figure Skating stars. There are numerous activities to also be enjoyed both prior and following the performances. Take a look at their website to see if you are interested in purchasing some tickets. This event will run from Thursday March 18th till Sunday March 21st 2010 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Check it out, this a do not miss event!

Shinya a.k.a MAX

So last week when I was trying to figure out our next potential candidate for the “expose” post, I was wracking my brain trying to find someone that could truly give us a glimpse into the “INTERNeX experience”. Little did I know but I had this person right in the office with me sitting across the room. Can you guess who it is? It’s Shinya! This once shy Japanese boy came to Canada and managed to see more places and do more things in one year then I’ve done in the past nine years that I’ve lived here. So yeah since he did just about everything that was possible and participated in every one of our programs he is the perfect candidate!

What is your name?
My name is Shinya but my “Canadian” name is Max

Where are you originally from?
Kobe, Japan

Why did you choose Canada as the location of your placement?
Well I’d been to Australia and New Zealand so Canada just seemed like the next stop for me

How did you find about INTERNeX International Exchange?
I found about it through the Japanese Embassy

Which program(s) did you participate in throughout your stay in Canada?
Well I actually participated in all three of the programs offered by INTERNeX

haha O.k. well let’s take this one program at a time then…What was the first program that you enrolled in?
Initially I started off with the hospitality program because I thought that this would be the best opportunity to improve my English skills and truly immerse myself into the Canadian culture. I was placed in Lake Louise, Alberta and for the first month I was a Dishwasher then when the second month came around I continued to do Dishwashing but in addition to this I was both a server and a clerk in the resort gift shop. After a total of 3 1/2 months working at the resort I moved back to Vancouver and applied for the PR/Communications internship offered by INTERNeX at their Vancouver office. The reason why I chose to taken on this position was because I thought that this would be able to take my experience to the next level and be that final step towards breaking me out of my shell. I was an intern at the office for 5 months but due to the fact that the internship was unpaid I had to find another means of gaining an income so I could continue to stay in Canada. Thankfully INTERNeX was gracious enough to set me up with a coffee shop located just a few blocks away from the office in Gastown. It was at this location that I worked as a Barista for 4 months. Then during the 2009 Christmas Break I decided since I’d already done the other two programs why not do it all…so i enrolled in the Ranchstay program. For two weeks I was placed on a mixed farm in Montana where I had many “firsts”. For the first time in my life I rode horses, fed cows, herded buffalo and took care of numerous farm animals. This was definitely something that will stay with me forever. And last but not least, most of you know that Vancouver was the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics so before I returned home I thought what better way to end my trip then to try and get a job in the Olympics…so that’s what I did. I hired on as a member of the event service staff who were responsible for assisting media personnel and essentially acting as security by ensuring that everyone had the correct accreditation in order to gain entrance into the media tent. Throughout the few weeks that I worked there I met a considerable amount of athletes/celebrities. Some of the most memorable ones are Aiko Uemura, the Japanese Mogul Skier, Russian Figure Skating silver medalist, Evgeni Plushenko, Gold Figure Skating Couple, Tesse Virtue & Scott Moir, and last but not least BC Premier, Gordon Campbell

What was one of your most memorable moments of your entire stay?
I would have to say it was throughout my entire hospitality placement. It was such an entirely new and scary experience for me. For the first time in my life I was living all by myself in a foreign country where I knew no one. At first it was really hard but the staff that I worked with soon enough became my family and all my previous fears were completely gone!

If you to choose one program that you would recommend, which one would it be and why?
The internship program because it really helped me to grow on both a personal and professional level. Even though it is not a paid position the benefits that you reap are invaluable and it truly helped me to make lifelong connections with people from all over the world. Every day I was exposed to something new and I cannot even begin to explain how this has made me who I am today

What are some of the skills that you gained from your internship placement?
Good customer service skills, communication skills both intra and inter personal, building trust and numerous web site building skills

What one place/event/festival would you encourage people to check out?
Definitely Stanley Park. This amazing park, less than a mile from downtown Vancouver, is one of the city’s main tourist attractions and offers over 1,000 acres of an evergreen oasis. The park is full of wildlife and sometimes there is just nothing better then just to relax and take in the natural surroundings…it truly made me forget at times that i was still in the city

So what are you planning on doing once you return home to Kobe?
First i am planning on going back to University and to continue on with my environmental studies and I am also working on maintaining my connection with INTERNeX by recruiting Japanese University Students for the Ranchstay program. So it’s not really over yet…

If you have any more questions or queries about our programs please do not hesitate to contact us at the office:

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: info@internexcanada.com

Flawless Figure Skating @ The Games

Last night spectators witnessed a spectacular event at the women’s figure skating medal event. Favourite Kim Yu-Na lived up to her star billing as she gave South Korea their first ever Olympic figure skating title with a flawless performance. The reigning world champion wiped the tears from her eyes after her spellbinding free skate at the Pacific Coliseum which gave her gold by a massive 23-point margin on her nearest challenger and longtime rival Mao Asada of Japan. World silver medalist, Joannie Rochette, who just recently lost her mother by a sudden heart attack, admitted it was a battle to compete but she had been boosted by the thousands of messages of support she received from around the world. The young skater was able to put her grief temporarily aside and pull out a gutsy performance which gaver her an Olympic bronze. Rochette revealed Thursday that her Vancouver success was predicted by her mother just days before her tragic death. She had the crowd on their feet for her gutsy performance which put Canada back on the women’s podium for the first time since Elizabeth Manley took silver at the 1988 Calgary Games.

Olympic Schedule 2010-02-23

So here are some of the Olympic events going on today that might of be interest to you all:

1) First and foremost cannot forget to include the epic hockey battle occurring today @ 16:30 between Canada and Germany’s mens hockey teams! This game is the latest hurdle these two teams must overcome in order to progress into Quarter Finals. If Canada does manage to win this game…which Simon thinks is a sure thing…then the Canadian team will have to resurge their strength and go in it again for another game the next day against Russia. Let’s keep our fingers crossed otherwise their will be a load of disappointed fans!

2) Men’s 1,0000m Speed Skating event @ 11:00am. This is a medal event so let’s see which country manages to make the podium!

3) @ 14:03 Ladies’ ski cross finals (free style skiing) medal event!

4) And then this last one i’m just putting in because i love ladies figure skating and the short program is on today at 4:30 and i’m totally going to be setting my alarm for this one. Canada isn’t doing so great with their current standing being 15th and 26th, so i think we might be out of the running for a medal but hopefully our ranks will move up. We will just have to wait and see!

GOOD LUCK ATHLETES!

Latest Olympic Medal Count

So i’ve been trying to keep up with all the Olympic events but as you know the schedule each day is just packed making it nearly impossible to keep up. So to make your guys’ lives easier you can keep referring to our blog or facebook page for constant Olympic updates. For now i will give you the latest medal runnings…

1) Coming in first place is surprise surprise The United States of America. They have a whopping total of 18 medals so far. Here is a break down; they have 7 bronze medals, 5 silver and 6 GOLD…with the latest gold coming in last night by Evan Lysacek in the Mens figure skating event.

2) Germany is just trailing close behind the US with a total of 11 medals; 3 bronze, 4 silver and 4 gold.

3) 3rd place goes to Norway with a total of 8 medals; 2 bronze, 3 silver and 3 gold.

4) Now Canada has managed to keep its fourth place standing but now shares it with France since we are tied at a total of medals; 3 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze whilst France has 2 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals. Hopefully we can start to take the lead but i am highly doubtful that we will ever be able to catch up to the States…let’s see though!

Canada’s First Olympic Gold!!

So i’ve been bitten…by the Olympic bug that is! Most of my weekend was spent glued in front of some form of a screen in order to catch every nail breaking and teeth grinding Olympic moment. I would say I am more of a summer sports fanatic myself; however, there is no denying the Winter Games buzz that is reverberating around the entire world. I have not been able to tear myself away from both the men’s and women’s Moguls, the speed skating and of course the figure skating! I was fortunate enough to catch two out of the total three glorious moments for Canada in making it to the podium. Woohoo Go Canada! Just in case you aren’t aware but Canada has already won 3 medals-one gold, one silver and one bronze- staying strong behind the US, Germany, Switzerland and France. Our Olympic gold Medallist was Alexandre Bilodeau in the free style skiing-men’s Moguls with a winning score of 26.75. His run was phenomenal in terms of his turns and the amount of air he got on his jumps! For sure the gold standard!
Jennifer Heil, who many thought was the one and only contender for the Gold in the ladies’ moguls, ended up with a silver medal in the event. Some sensed a little bit of disapointment by Heil during the flower ceremony but we are all proud of her amazing accomplishment anyway. Then last but not least the wonderful Kristina Groves, just with sheer determination was she able to hold onto her bronze medal with a +2.31 second difference from the top time. All of these events were truly thrilling for all of us spectators…maybe 2012 i’ll be in the stands cheering on the world athletes in London. A girl can dream right?