Ken Lyotier, a research partner on the Agency Project, has been named as 'Vancouver's Community Torchbearer'
City of Vancouver News Release
February 8, 2010
Social enterprise founder named
Vancouver’s Community Torchbearer
Mayor Gregor Robertson today announced that Ken Lyotier, founder of Vancouver social enterprise United We Can, has been selected as the City’s Community Torchbearer who will carry the Olympic Flame into LiveCity Yaletown and light the cauldron on Feb. 11.
A long-time resident in the Downtown Eastside, Lyotier is the recipient of numerous commendations and awards, including the Governor General’s Medal for Meritorious Service, for his efforts to engage community members in peer supported services and tobring positive changes to the neighbourhood.
"The Olympic Flame is bringing people together all across Canada in the spirit of unity, and our City will be filled with excitement when it arrives in Vancouver," said Mayor Robertson. "United We Can does great work supporting environmental, social, and economic development in the Downtown Eastside, and I cannot think of a more fitting person than Ken to carry the Torch into David Lam Park."
Celebrations at LiveCity Yaletown will begin at 4 pm on Feb. 11, with the Torch expected to arrive at 8 pm.