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SOO Launches Youth Sport Survey in Partnership with York Univeristy

posted Jul 17, 2013, 11:57 AM by Jarrod Copland

Special Olympics Ontario is working with York University on a comprehensive assessment of sport participation in youth ages 11-21 years with intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics research team at York University is inviting parents/caregivers to participate in a survey that can make a huge difference to the Special Olympics community.

If you’re interested in a participating please visit,

By combining your voice with up to 6,000 other Special Olympics Ontario families, we hope that this research will inform how policies and services, including sport programs like Special Olympics, are developed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This survey is important because your feedback will help us understand how and why athletes participate in sport as well as in other home, community and school activities. We also want to learn about their well-being and that of your family. We hope that this information can be used to help improve services for people with intellectual disabilities and their families, in and out of Special Olympics.

Participants are automatically entered into a draw to win a pizza party for their child’s entire Special Olympics team!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you have any questions or concerns regarding the study, please contact:
Lauren Wolman at or call (416) 447-8326 x 257 and leave a message and she will respond to you as soon as possible.

We appreciate your time and consideration!

Athlete of the Month:February - Douglas Bourgeault

posted Aug 16, 2012, 8:27 AM by Info Webmaster

The Northern District Athlete of the Month for February is Douglas Bourgeault from SOO-Hearst. Douglas demonstrated great courage and dedication to his craft this winter while preparing for the National Winter Games. The Games required that all speed skaters wear long blades as opposed to the hockey skates that Douglas has always used to compete. In Douglas' mind their was little doubt that he would be able to achieve this and he worked diligently all season to adapt to the new skates. He ended up competing and winning 3 silver medals at the Games. Congratulations Douglas on all your accomplishments!

Volunteer of the Month: February - Ron Roy

posted Aug 16, 2012, 8:26 AM by Info Webmaster

The Northern District Volunteer of the Month for February is SOO-Sudbury Vice Coordinator Ron Roy. Ron has been active in the Sudbury community for over 20 years. He was an integral part of introducing many new sports into the area. Ron was often seen coaching and volunteering with the Sudbury snowshoeing, floor hockey, baseball and track and field teams. Thank you Ron for all your years of dedication to the Special Olympics movement!

Volunteer of the Month: January - Jean Marc Leclerc

posted Aug 16, 2012, 8:26 AM by Info Webmaster

The Northern District Volunteer of the Month for January is Jean Marc Leclerc from Timmins, Jean Marc has been volunteering with SOO-Timmins for 13 years. While he is often seen lending a hand around the bowling alley, Jean Marc is also the Head Coach of the Timmins Dolphins swim program and the Timmins Alpine Ski Team. His hard work and dedication to SOO-Timmins is greatly appreciated by all! Congratulations, Jean Marc, on your accomplishments!

Athlete of the Month: January - Eric Landry

posted Aug 16, 2012, 8:23 AM by Info Webmaster

The Northern District Athlete of the Month for January is Eric Landry from SOO-Superior in Region 8. Eric has been a member of their community since its inception in 2000. He is a dedicated athlete, who participates in all sports offered by SOO-Superior. Eric will be attending his first Provincial Spring Games in Kingston this year after qualifying in 5-Pin Bowling. Congratulations Eric, and we wish you the best of luck!

New Northern Ontario District Developer

posted Aug 16, 2012, 8:23 AM by Info Webmaster

I’d like to introduce your new District Developer for Northern Ontario Jarrod Copland. Jarrod received his degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury in Sports Administration & brings with him a solid background and understanding of sport. Jarrod is a hockey and lacrosse enthusiast. Having played, coached and officiated in both these sports, Jarrod has had the opportunity to experience sport at all levels; hence giving him and exceptionally well rounded perspective of sport. Currently, Jarrod is the coach of the Sudbury Minor AAA Wolves.


Through his involvement in sports, other volunteer organizations, his education and past work experience with the Ottawa Senators, I am confident that Jarrod has all the skills and experiences necessary to make an easy transition into Special Olympics Ontario & primarily Northern Ontario.

Spring Coaches Meetings

posted Mar 29, 2011, 8:12 AM by Info Webmaster

We will be hosting spring coaches meetings in the spring. For more information please visit the Special Olympics Ontario website.

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