Harold Cornish is Ready to Rejuvenate Special Olympics in Leduc

Volunteers drive the Special Olympics movement here in Alberta and with Harold Cornish at the helm, the future is bright for athletes in Leduc.  Harold moved from Edmonton to Collingwood, Ont. in 2007 and quickly got involved with the Games Organizing Committee for the Special Olympics Ontario Winter Games 2008.  After a successful experience, Harold would assume the role of Community Coordinator for Special … Read More

Board Members Bringing New Perspective to Special Olympics in Alberta

Over the last 41 years, Special Olympics Alberta has been committed to enriching the lives of Albertans with an intellectual disability through sport. Making this a reality would not be possible with the support of our volunteers, including the visionaries on our Board of Directors, who are dedicated to building inclusive communities across the province. Our board members are responsible … Read More

It Takes a Village and in Calgary we have a Community

Since becoming an affiliate in 1981, Special Olympics Alberta-Calgary has made an impact on the lives of its athletes through the support of their volunteers. 400 volunteers support athletes by spending thousands of hours coaching and mentoring athletes, organizing events, supporting fundraising initiatives, and much more. Over the past year, volunteers in Calgary have continued to be involved through facilitating … Read More

Volunteers are Reigniting the Movement in Wood Buffalo

After an extended hiatus, Special Olympics programming returned to Fort McMurray thanks to the efforts of a dedicated new group of volunteers. One of those volunteers who played a vital role in establishing the Wood Buffalo affiliate was Vice-Chairperson and Secretary, Kimberley MacDougall. “I decided to become part of the movement because I had been involved previously in Nova Scotia,” … Read More

Anita Norris is Putting Athletes Front and Center in Edmonton

The goal for Special Olympics Alberta-Edmonton is simple: put athletes at the forefront of the movement and one of the people leading this initiative is Board Chair, Anita Norris. Anita became aware of Special Olympics in high school after attending a track and field meet in her community, and immediately she was drawn to the passion, enthusiasm, and effort of … Read More

Volunteers Continue to Help our Athletes Reach Their PEAK

The Provincial Exercise and Activity Knockout Program, known as PEAK, was created to help athletes stay engaged, connected, active, and healthy, without in-person programming. Special Olympics Alberta has run two eight-week seasons where athletes were challenged to hit their selected fitness goals, attend virtual sessions to enhance their fitness, mind, and health, while also completing a weekly BINGO card and … Read More

Matt Burton is Carrying the Torch in Lethbridge

It is funny how one decision can change your life and, for Matt Burton, it was a four-hour volunteer shift with the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). Nearly eight years ago, Matt Burton attended a Free our Finest event in Lethbridge, and after meeting some of the local athletes, he was hooked. “Volunteering with LETR has made such a … Read More

Caitlin Maguire is Making Athlete Leadership a Priority in St. Albert

Empowering athletes to be leaders in their community is a priority for Special Olympics Alberta, and one of the key volunteers leading the movement is Caitlin Maguire. For the past three years, Caitlin has been actively involved with the Special Olympics Alberta – St. Albert Athlete Leadership Committee. More recently, she has taken on a role with the Provincial Athlete … Read More

Tim Hortons Day of Inclusion

As is now a tradition on July 20th we also got involved in the Tim Hortons Day of Inclusion to try out some delicious doughnuts!  Come join us in supporting Special Olympic Alberta – Camrose and get a donut!

Polar Plunge – Camrose Edition!

For this year’s annual Polar Plunge in Camrose, Police Chief Dean LaGrange, along with Special Olympics Alberta CEO Johnny Byrne and Special Olympics Alberta Director of Business Development and LETR Lorrie Sitler bravely offered to have two Special Olympics Alberta-Camrose athletes dump ice water over their heads all to generate awareness and funds for Special Olympics.