Meet the Pack: Donald Bootsma

Donald is one of our most experienced curlers at Special Olympics and he will finally be getting his chance – at 56 years-old – to represent Alberta at his first ever Nationals in Thunder Bay. Entering his 30th year with Special Olympics, Donald is thrilled with attending his first Nationals and the chance at competing against the nation’s best. Although, … Read More

Meet the Pack: Matthew Pedwell

For the Pedwells, coaching in Special Olympics has been a family affair as both Matthew and his wife Chelsee have been heavily involved for over a decade now. Matthew would always drive his wife to volunteer at Special Olympics programs and after seeing the joy it brought her, he decided to sign up too. That joy quickly blossomed and Matthew … Read More

Meet the Pack: Nikki King

Two things always remain true when it comes to Nikki King – she is always going to try her best and she is going to do so with a huge smile on her face. The 37-year-old brings positivity and experience to Team Alberta 2020 where she will compete as part of the snowshoe team. Even though she is on Team … Read More

Meet the Pack: Faye St. Onge

Faye is one of our longest tenured coaches at Special Olympics Alberta and she has been with sharing her wisdom with our athletes for 33 years. Originally, Faye got her start with Special Olympics when she enrolled her daughter Jody in the 5-pin bowling program in Calgary. The whole family quickly fell in love with the atmosphere Special Olympics provided … Read More

Meet the Pack: Jody St. Onge

97 incredible athletes make up Team Alberta 2020 and if you are looking for someone who works hard, encourages her teammates, and is always looking to make a positive impact, look no further than Jody St. Onge. Jody is an experienced bowler who has participated in Special Olympics programs for 33 years. She has been involved ever since she was … Read More

Meet the Pack: Aleena Lazar

The Camrose Strike Force bowling team will be going to their first ever Nationals games together and their amazing name was created by none other than Aleena Lazar. Coach Faye St. Onge has been especially impressed with Aleena’s growth as a person since she joined Special Olympics and fondly remembers when Aleena’s vision for the Strike Force name. Aleena has … Read More

Meet the Pack: Anthony Strasser

Anthony hasn’t been playing floor hockey long, but he picked it up naturally and has worked hard to become a strong player on the team. He joins a number of players on the Special Olympics Alberta-Wetaskiwin team that will be making their Nationals debut in Thunder Bay. The Wetaskiwin team has been training together out of the Manluk Centre, where … Read More

Meet the Pack: Barb Prystai

Spins, turns, and dancing on ice is Barb’s specialty and there is no one more qualified to lead Team Alberta figure skating than her. Barb has been with Special Olympics for over 20 years, but she has been a professional figure skating coach for 45. This will be her fifth straight appearance with Team Alberta and the Calgary coach has … Read More

From the Bakery to the Pool, Michelle is a Master

Michelle Tschetter is multi-talented. Whether she is in the pool, on the field, on the court, or in the bakery at Sobeys, she masters the task at hand. In 2005, Michelle started working at Sobeys in Morinville as part of a work experience program at her high school and it was a perfect fit leading to her being hired on. … Read More

Jessica McLean is Serving Smiles at Safeway

If you ever wondered whose smiling face you saw that day at the swimming pool or behind the till at Safeway Bonnie Doon, we have the answer for you: it is the one and only Jessica McLean. For the past 17 years, Jessica’s positive energy and her hard working attitude have defined her tenure with Special Olympics. She is someone … Read More