Chester has a hard time saying no to Bryan so he's the Chair and has been working on the games since 2014.  All 4 communities are involved and will be participating when they take place between Aug. 9 and 11 in 2016.  They expect 1,400 participants in 19 events and they are looking for help with dollars and volunteers.
Bryan is the contract manager of the event, a Government of Ontario initiative to promote participation among those over 55 and to celebrate active living while encouraging a social, fun and fellowship event.
The municipalities have provided their facilities and staff time at no cost and are pitching in with some dollars.  The Provincial Government is the major sponsor.  Participants will have all competed at District contests to be selected to come here.  Souvenirs have been contracted out and there is an official games photographer.  Accommodations have been arranged, including 180 rooms at Georgian College and other places in Orillia and Barrie.  Food services are required for all over the three days.  Many will be bused in and registration will take place at the NSSRC. The welcome and opening ceremonies will be at the Penetang Arena.  Games will be conducted on the 10th and 11th with the closing ceremonies the evening of the 11th.
They are trying to raise $70,000.00 which will go to signs, posters, ads and other aspects and recruiting 500 volunteers for about 3,000 hours of work.  There's another 3,000 hours being put in by paid staff.
Bryan feels sports tourism is a good way to generate interest in North Simcoe and that the co-operation between the 4 communities is strengthening ties so that we can build on these types of events again in the future, eg. the winter games for seniors and for youth.
The games travel and communities must submit an exhaustive application and there's a chance they could come around here again.  It also explains why there are no water sports as many towns don't have access like ours.  They hope to break even and if there's a profit it goes to a legacy fund which is dedicated to another seniors event locally.