I’d like to thank everyone who came together to make the 2006 Canada’s Wonderland Invitational event a success. I apologize in advance if I miss anyone.
Tristan Lall and Honson Lam. Anyone who worked an event this year knows how painful the scoring system can be. Honson and Tristan ran the system for the whole day without a single field failure. Kudos.
Our visiting American Volunteers, Koko Ed, Greg Needel, Frank Bosak and Travis Hoffman. These tour made long drives to come up and support out event. I can’t thank them enough for making that sacrifice for our event.
Steve Warren and Bill Leeder. These two made sure field setup and tear down were quick and painless. Most of the other volunteers had never done this before, but Steve and Bill made sure the crew functioned like seasoned veterans. During the event, Bill kept the field running on schedule, and Steve provided his trademark announcing that everyone loves.
Kate Mosley and Michelle Moore. The honorary Simbot girls who scrambled to find tape, and were always looking to help. You two are amazing.
Lindsay Davies, The current Team 1114 student president who made sure every detail of this competition was attended to, and went out of her way to make sure the event was up to her high standards.
Geoff Allan and Amanda Cortese. Geoff was pulling double duty judging and training as an announcer. His work in the skills competition was top-notch, but what else do you expect from a member of chill-town. Amanda continued her great emceeing which began at GTR, much to the delight of the crowd.
The Pruniak Family, the Davies Family, Ian Mackenzie, Don Mason, Derek Bessette, Esther Kind, Kate McNamara, Mike Diramio, Tyler Holtzman and Ben (I should really learn his last name). This crew of volunteers was just awesome. There’s a reason this event went off without a hitch, and it’s these people. Also the sanity checks from Kate were much appreciated. Oh yeah, Ben, welcome to the family.
Todd Willick. Not much to say here, other than thanks for indirectly providing some of the most entertaining moments of the weekend. I’m sure Roberto would thank you as well.
FIRST Robotics Canada, specifically Mark Breadner, Vance Scott and Karen Rosenthal, who gave Team 1114 the opportunity to take on the challenge of running this event, and provided support where ever and whenever it was needed.
Most of all Greg Phillips. For those of you who don’t know Greg, he’s the glue that holds Team 1114 together. This weekend he was the glue that held this event together. Greg’s favourite saying is “What Mr. P. wants is what Mr. P. gets” well this weekend Greg wanted a top notch off-season event, and he made sure he got it.
The event was a fabulous success, I hope all the teams who attended enjoyed it and will be back again next year. I know I had a simply awesome day. Especially because of the bird calls.