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Pan Am Games Torch Relay comes to Vaughan June 24
March 19, 2015

The entire community is invited to celebrate the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay when it visits Vaughan city hall on June 24.

In addition to city hall, the torch relay will make stops at Kleinburg Public School, Canada’s Wonderland and the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus.

Meanwhile, the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games organizing committee on Monday announced its 11 torchbearers. Included on that short list is decorated former Olympian Simon Whitfield.

“A torch relay is powerful and patriotic,” said Whitfield. “I’m looking forward to that moment as it truly is an honour to represent my community and Canada.”

He will join a Canadian forces veteran, a Toronto Police Service’s Officer, and a music-loving teen.

In total, 3,000 torchbearers will carry the Pan Am torch May 30 to July 10 on a 41-day journey through 130 communities, including Vaughan.

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The contemporary design of the torch's structure presents the energetic and playful Toronto 2015 brand, and captures the spirit of the Games. The colourful United We Play! pictograms - depictions of people in motion - symbolize the assembly of athletes through the celebration of sport and culture.

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