Raising awareness, changing attitudes and removing barriers for people with disabilities in the built environment

News & Media

Rick Hansen Foundation News

Stay up-to-date with the Rick Hansen Foundation. Read news, stories and information about how we improve the lives of people with disabilities through our programs and initiatives. 


Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games

Image courtesy of Nicholas Wolaver

February 12th, 2010
, marked the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. It was an incredible night of celebration, highlighted by a special appearance by Rick Hansen, who was invited to participate in the final journey of the Olympic Torch Relay, by carrying the flame into BC Place Stadium and handing it off to fellow Canadians who lit the Olympic Cauldron.

"Tonight was an incredible demonstration of the story and values that we share as Canadians", said Rick. "I was honoured to be asked to be a part of it with Wayne Gretzky, Nancy Greene Raine, Catriona Le May Doan and Steve Nash. Congratulations to John Furlong and the entire VANOC team for an amazing start to what will be an outstanding 2010 Winter Games that I know we will all be proud of."