Ally Short

Nickname: Ally Kat
From: Edmonton
Favourite SO Sport: Floor Hockey
Mountain Level: Denali
Favourite ice cream flavour: Cookie Dough obvs
Favourite Animal: Koala - they are vicious little cuddly monsters


Hi Friends! I’m Ally, the Program Coordinator for Special Olympics Edmonton. To put a face to the name, you may know me from my sign holding debut that keeps popping up on SOA’s social media... 4 times last PEAK program to be exact.
I’m looking to build my team full
of people who like to get outside and be active. I played competitive hockey for 13 years and know my way around a good NHL fantasy draft. I love to snowboard, camp and hike a few PEAKs every so often - if this sounds like you, and you want to be on the winning team, come join me!
Some say that if something is stands between you and your success, move it... but turns out we cant move a mountain so we are just going to have to climb it! #goteam

Chelsea Fidler

Nickname: Switch
From: Calgary
Favourite SO Sport: Bocce 
Mountain Level: Mount Robson
Favourite ice cream flavour: Peanut Butter cup
Favourite Animal: Sloths! They are cute, chill, and don't seem to let anything bother them.


I think a great day is a day that you can spend time outside, especially if I can snowboard or hike! I also love playing board games, doing puzzles, and reading. Oh, and I LOVE my dogs, Abby and Elly! Can they join PEAK, too?

Jill Moore

Nickname: JillyBean
From: Edmonton
Favourite SO Sport: I love them all for all different reasons!
Mountain Level: Everest
Favourite ice cream flavour: Cookies & Cream
Favourite Animal: I love a puppy!
They are so cute and cuddly, but are also full of so much energy & mischief!


Hi! I'm Jill!
I've been an SO Staff since 2010 but before I was Staff, I coached Athletics in Edmonton! I knew after my first practice that SO would be in my life forever. I have an 'almost' 2 year old boy who you'll see in some of my posts in PEAK. He keeps me on my toes!

Here are a few of my favorite things:
- Being outside.
- Going for walks, runs, or bike rides.
- A hot cup of coffee.
- Being in the mountains, we are so lucky we live so close to them!
- Traveling - excited to get back on a plane again and put my feet in the ocean!

I am so excited to be a part of your PEAK climb this Spring! I'll be cheering you on... virutally!

Johnny Byrne

Nickname: Johnny B
From: Edmonton
Favourite SO Sport: All of them!
Mountain Level: Everest
Favourite ice cream flavour: Cherry 
Favourite Animal: Blue Whale...because they are really big.


I like having fun, being physically active being part of the Dynamic Duo, Double J. I have been working for and being inspired by Special Olympics for over 20 years. I have two kids (5 and 9) and a wife (Robyn). I am from Newfoundland and I have been living in Edmonton since 2010. I am looking forward to reaching my PEAK!!!

Justin Hebert

Nickname: J-Heebz, Herby
From: Edmonton
Favourite SO Sport: Soccer
Mountain Level: Matterhorn
Favourite ice cream flavour: Chocolate
Favourite Animal:  Timber wolf, I once did a report on them in grade 3 because they are majestic beasts. It earned me the name Justin Timberwolf (given by my uncle).


Hey Climbers!
My name is Justin and I am super excited to help you on your new quest to the PEAK! I used to be an adventurer like you until I took an arrow to the knee, so now it is my job to help guide you to the PEAK! I worked as a rock-climbing instructor for six years, so I know a thing or two about the climb, and I want to leave you with these inspirational words:

There's always gonna be another mountain
We’re always gonna wanna make the climb
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes we’re gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast we get there
Ain't about what's waiting at the PEAK
It's the climb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kiefer Sutherland

Nickname: KiefNation, King in the North
From: Grand Cache
Favourite SO Sport: Speed Skating 
Mountain Level: Kilimanjaro
Favourite ice cream flavour: Mint Chocolate Chip 
Favourite Animal: I love penguins because they are always battling! They protect their egg all winter, swim in cold waters, and thrive together as a squad.


Hello, Climbers! My name is Kiefer and I am the everlasting, freestyle assassin. I love to sing, rollerblade, and I am looking forward to guiding THEE MOST FUN squad to the PEAK.

I am looking for creative climbers who want an awesome team name, logo, and song!

I have climbed a few PEAKs before from the illustrious Grande Mountain to Mount Corcovado in Brazil, but I am looking forward to making this climb with you! Our team will be so much fun, a great place to connect with our teammates, and a promise that we will reach our PEAK together.

Nadine Scotland

Nickname: Dean, Deaner, Dean Bean the Machine
From: Calgary
Favourite SO Sport: Curling 😉
Mountain Level: Kilimanjaro
Favourite ice cream flavour: strawberry cheesecake, maple walnut, oreo, and anything with cookie dough or brownie
Favourite Animal: A liger. It's pretty much my favourite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed... bred for its skills in magic.


In Northwest Calgary I was born and raised,
and Cow town is still the place where I spend my days,
Chilling out, working out, and curling up a storm,
And I love getting out for hikes when the weather is warm,
When the PEAK program starts, I know the team will be ready to go,
Making the climb up Mount Kilimanjaro,
Putting the minutes and exercises in, each and every day,
Doing our best to stay healthy - especially me - as I got a baby on the way!

Susan Neitz

Nickname: Sassy
From: Edmonton
Favourite Sport: Floor Hockey
Mountain Level: Kilimanjaro
Favourite ice cream flavour: Coconut
Favourite Animal: My favourite animal is a dog and my favourite breed is a schnauzer. They are easy to train, fun to play with and they love to cuddle. 


I am going into my 11th year as an employee with SOA. I like cooking healthy meals and gardening. I love to laugh, so let the jokes begin...