“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret to success”
On behalf of Special Olympics Ontario, and in recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication. Volunteers like yourself, are the heart and soul of the organization, and without your tireless efforts, the continued success and growth would not be possible. With your endless encouragement and enthusiasm, you have made an enormous impact in the lives of over 19,000 people with intellectual disabilities.
National Volunteer Week highlights the significant contribution of volunteers. Every day at Special Olympics Ontario, we are grateful for your effort in bringing athletic programs to individuals with intellectual disabilities. You are part of an important network of over 9,000 volunteers, and your contributions are invaluable and immeasurable. We would not exist today without your time, energy, and commitment.
Everyone has their own reason for volunteering with Special Olympics Ontario, yet the common thread with all of our volunteers is the heartfelt devotion to the athletes. The health benefits, social connection, education, and employment integration of the athletes into society at large is tangible proof of your efforts. Joining together for this movement is producing positive, successful results and enriching athletes’ lives.
Please accept our heartfelt appreciation and this token of our gratitude. We know how hard you continue to work, and constantly put the athletes’ needs first. We look forward to continued growth and a mutual desire to promote and ensure the continued success of the organization.
Warm regards and thank you!
Yours very truly,
Shafiq Ebrahim Glenn MacDonell
Chair – Board of Directors President & C.E.O.
It's time to cast your votes for the 2015 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Awards
We are asking for your help in recognizing athletes and volunteers for their hard work and dedication in the past year! Please visit the Provincial Awards website today and submit your nominations.
Encourage others to take part in the voting!
Deadline Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Face off Challenge in support of 2015 Floor Hockey Provincial Championships!
Special Olympics Ontario High 5 Ambassador, Jake Gardiner and 2015 Floor Hockey Honourary Ambassador, Bobby Ryan, have kicked off a challenge to support the Provincial Floor Hockey Championships being held in Ottawa, May 7-9.
By joining in on the challenge and giving generously, this will ensure that all 400 athletes are "adopted". Every athlete will have the opportunity to experience quality competition, and will strive to qualify for the 2016 National Winter Games which will be held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
To join in on the challenge to adopt an athlete and pick your winning team Click here.
For more information about the 2015 Special Olympics Ontario Floor Hockey Provincial Championships, please click here.
Congratulations to all selected teams! Please click on the link below to see the complete list.
Click here for the Team List
Special Olympics Team Ontario congratulates new members!
Team Ontario will represent our Province at the 2016 National Winter Games being held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland (February 29th - March 6th). The Games will act as a qualifier for the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria. Good luck to all team members as they begin to prepare for a very exciting time in Newfoundland. Team training will begin immediately.
Please note that due to on-going endorsements, this is a partial list of Team Ontario's Training Squad. Updates will continue until May 30th, 2015 when the Floor Hockey Teams will be named.
Click here to view Team Ontario's members
Harold Cornish accepts position
of Team Manager for
2016 National Winter Games in Newfoundland
Special Olympics Ontario is proud to announce that Harold Cornish of Collingwood has accepted the position of Team Manager for Team Ontario going to the 2016 National Winter Games.
Harold retired from the Edmonton Police Service in 2004 to assume the role as Executive Director of the Kids Up Front Foundation. Shortly after moving to Collingwood in 2007, Harold landed an opportunity to work in the 2009 Ontario Winter Games office. Harold has been with Special Olympics Ontario since 2010 as the Volunteer Coordinator for Collingwood & District.
Harold has participated in several regional and provincial Games and was the Head Coach of the C Division Gold Medal Basketball Team at the 2014 National Summer Games. Harold recently shared the duties of the Central District Team Manager at the 2015 Provincial Winter Games in North Bay.
Every 1 in 500 walks away a WINNER!
The Knights of Columbus Charity Foundation Annual Lottery is on its way! Special Olympics Ontario is proud to be one of the beneficiaries for 2015. There are over 1,000 prizes available including a Grand Prize of $250,000 cash!
You can pick up your tickets today at your local Knights of Columbus Council. Please visit http://www.kofc.org/en//index.html to find the local council near you or contact Anna Kocmarek by email: email@example.com or call Toll Free: 1-800-759-0959.
You can also stop by at the Special Olympics Ontario Office on 65 Overlea Blvd, Suite 200, Toronto between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday to purchase tickets.
The final draw will take place July 16th, 2015 at the International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Road, Toronto - get your tickets today for your chance to win and show your support.
The raffle tickets will make GREAT STOCKING STUFFERS!
Click here to view poster (PDF)