Photo: Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz (left) personally congratulates Ross MacLean on Wednesday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca
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A long-time resident of Fort St. John was named the City’s ‘Community Torch Bearer’ on Wednesday.
Mayor Bruce Lantz announced 93 year-old Ross MacLean will carry the torch, and also be the one to light the local cauldron, on January 31st.
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Lantz says the Olympic Torch Relay Community Task Force chose MacLean because he has contributed to the community in many ways.
MacLean came to Fort St. John in 1919 and became a successful businessman.
He has supported the PeeWee Flyers for more than three decades, and was also involved in the development of the Kids Arena.
He has also been a member of the Fort St. John Rotary club since 1963. The soft-spoken MacLean says he was informed about his torch-bearer title just a couple of days ago, and he feels like a kid again.
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MacLean sported his Vancouver 2010 Olympic outfit on Wednesday, and says he likes the design.
The Olympic Torch Relay arrives in Fort St. John on Sunday, January 31st. Activities will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Centennial Park.
Photo: Mayor Bruce Lantz (left) announces Ross MacLean as the Community Torch Bearer – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca