Perduhov quick to jump on board
Iavor Perduhov is one of the youngest chairs with the 2021 Canada Summer Games and also one of its most enthusiastic.
The 34-year-old Bulgarian native came to Canada 17 years ago and quickly fell in love with Niagara.
“I’ve been in this community since 2003 and been involved in several different events and gotten to meet several people,” said Perduhov, who is the Chair Fit-out. “I was approached by one of the staff at Canada 2021. I thought immediately it would be an amazing opportunity to be part of a phenomenal experience coming to the region so I jumped on.”
Perduhov, who is the retail manager for the Pen Centre, is responsible for all infrastructure and signage.
“We’ve been quite busy,” Perduhov said. “We’re in meetings twice a month and I work with the Canada 2021 staff on an almost-daily basis.
“It’s been fantastic. It’s been a very fast-paced and exciting experience. I work with professionals and I feel very fortunate to be involved in the Games.”
Perduhov’s position is to work with the leads — 18 so far — for each venue and ensure everything runs smoothy.
“My main responsibility is to recruit leads for each venue,” he said. “My responsibility has been to work with my staff and train them and get them on board with the mission vision and values of the Games. I’m beginning to walk them through what the venues are supposed to look like and how to read and understand drawings and how to begin to prove input into what they think is needed at each venue for the sports to be successful.
“I facilitate the meetings and make sure I clear out any landmines or obstacles in their path.”
Perduhov says so far, so good.
“I am very, very fortunate. It has been extremely manageable. Maybe because I enjoy it so much and maybe because the people I work with have been, it sounds cliche, but amazing individuals. “It’s been a walk in the park. When you enjoy something, it does not seem like work. It’s a breeze.”
Perduhov, who has degrees from Brock in philosophy and political science, is passionate about Niagara.
“I think it’s going to be transformational,” he said. “I think it’s going to bring all the communities in Niagara together as one, strong united Niagara. I think it’s going to leave a legacy of sport and infrastructure that is going to be beneficial for the community.
“Even though Niagara Falls puts us on the map, these are going to put us on the map even further by showcasing the beauty and location of our region and the quality of people that live and play here to help the Games become a reality.”
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