On Wednesday, November 18, 2009, John Rogers, Q.C. and Richard Niedermayer of Stewart McKelvey shared in history as they took part in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay as torchbearers.
“Richard and I are both very honoured to participate in this historic Canadian tour,” said Rogers.
Rogers and Niedermayer carried the Olympic Torch as part of the Nova Scotia tour. John Rogers, Chief Executive Officer with the firm, carried the Torch around The IWK Health Centre in Halifax Wednesday evening.
“The opportunity to carry the torch around the IWK is particularly significant for me,” said Rogers. “Our firm has a long and valued connection with the IWK. For me personally, as the new Chair of the Board for the IWK, being able to participate in a part of the Olympics coming to the IWK for the patients and staff to enjoy is wonderful.”
Niedermayer, a partner with the firm proudly carried the Torch in Enfield as it worked its way from Truro to Halifax. “Richard was excited to be able to serve as a torchbearer for part of the tour. He has had this privilege before, having carried the torch for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary by taking part in the run here in Nova Scotia in the fall of 1987,” said Rogers. “This was a unique opportunity for me to participate twice in such a fantastic event. The goodwill you can pass on to others and soak up yourself by being part of the relay is really quite humbling” said Niedermayer.
The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay presented by RBC and Coca-Cola is meant to inspire and engage Canadians from all coasts. Twelve thousand Canadians from every province and territory will carry the Olympic Torch as it travels over 45,000km. The Torch will travel through more than 1,000 communities across the country over 100 days.
“It is an exciting time for Canada and we wish all the Canadian athletes the best of luck in their pursuit of Olympic gold!” said Rogers.
The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began in Canada on October 30, 2009 and concludes at the Opening Ceremony signaling the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games on February 12, 2010.
John Rogers, Q.C.