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

Meet the Pack: Marie Powell

Marie has been heavily involved with Special Olympics ever since she joined nine years ago and will be heading to her third straight National Games for Team Alberta. Her start in Special Olympics happened as a bit of a fluke when she was looking to do some volunteer work and, after her first day in track and field was hooked. … Read More

Jocelyn Leesman and the Special Olympics Winter Wonderland

Thank you to everyone who submitted their wonderful designs for our the annual holiday card contest. We had 42 entries this year and we plan to share them over the next 12 days to celebrate the skills of our athletes. This year’s winner was Jocelyn Leesman from Special Olympics Alberta-Calgary who painted a Special Olympics Winter Wonderland. Her art will be featured as … Read More