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All noteworthy announcements will posted here at the top of the page.  Announcements will be archived into one of the four following news sections (below): Sport and Competition, District, Community and Provincial.

The Fall PNU is here!

posted Sep 22, 2017, 10:40 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

(please click on the link to be taken to the post with the document) Welcome to fall! Special Olympics Ontario hopes that you enjoy flipping through this season's Provincial News Update (click on the file below), which holds all sorts of information from almost every aspect of Special Olympics: competition, coaching, finance, marketing, LETR, awards... the list goes on! As ever, please don't hesitate to reach out to District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg with any questions you have about programs in your community, what goes on at the District level, or provincial initiatives: 

The Provincial News Update is here!

posted Jun 19, 2017, 7:07 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

For your reading pleasure, click on the link below to view the Spring PNU. Get caught up on what's happening across the province in sport, marketing, and administration. Don't hesitate to follow up with District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg with any questions about what's in the PNU, or of course about anything at all relating to your sport, your community, or your District:

Congratulations, Team Canada!

posted Jun 19, 2017, 7:02 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

Team Canada had excellent representation by athletes in Northern Ontario, with snowshoeres Matthew B. and Kelsey M., both from Manitoulin, representing their country at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria this past March. Pictured are Matthew, centre, and Kelsey to the right, showing us their maple!

What a Night! 2016 Provincial Awards

posted Feb 13, 2017, 7:21 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 7:22 AM ]

(please click on post title to be taken to page with photo) Congratulations to all award recipients, honoured at the Special Olympics Ontario Annual General Meeting held November 9th in Markham. Northern Ontario was well-represented on the stage! Male Athlete of the Year is Dayne Tipper of Manitoulin Island, Team of the Year is the Manitoulin Rockin' Sweepers Curling Team, Educator of the Year is Rob Saunders of Near North, Volunteer of the Year is Denita Minoletti of Thunder Bay, and the President's Award was presented to Diane Wahlman of Timmins. Well-deserved recognition, to be sure. Also recognized were Years of Service recipients, including Reggie Lacroix of Sudbury East for 30 years of dedication to the organization. 
(pictured is Dayne Tipper on the left, standing alongside the Rockin' Sweepers)

District Team Announcement: Final List - April 7!

posted Nov 10, 2016, 9:50 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Apr 7, 2017, 8:20 AM ]

(please click on the title to be taken to the full post with attachments) Here it is, folks: the announcement of Team North Eastern Ontario and Team North Western Ontario for the 2017 Provincial Summer Games being held in Peel Region. Congratulations to those athletes and coaches who have been selected to the Team in Training! For questions about selections, please contact District Developer Hellaina Rothenburg, North East team members should continue good communication with  their District Team Managers, Dee Mitchell of Parry Sound and Chris Rheault from North Bay, and for those in the North West, Sandra McDougall will be your lead. For more information on the Games, please visit the website at

CF24: Successful event in Kapuskasing

posted Nov 10, 2016, 9:30 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

SUPER event held in Kapuskasing as part of CF24, the partnership between Special Olympics and Cross Fit gyms across the country. Held on October 22nd, the event saw gym members complete a series of workouts while raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Check out the aweseme video posted by Rock Box Crossfit: 

Meeting and Greeting with your MPs

posted Nov 3, 2016, 7:34 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 7:37 AM ]

(please click on post title to be taken to full post with photo) Athletes across the province have been sharing their experiences with their local Members of Parliament, in the lead-up to Special Olympics Canada's "Capital Hill Day" in Ottawa, October 25th. Here, Julia Romualdi is all smiles during her meeting with MP Charlie Angus in Timmins.

Provincial News Update: "Read all about it!"

posted Oct 11, 2016, 7:36 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

 (please click on title of post to be taken to page with download) Here it is folks, the document you've all been waiting for! The Provincial News Update includes updates on various initiatives, including coaching courses, marketing campaigns, torch run, major competitions, etc. Share this link with other members of your Special Olympics community.

What a Day at Queen's Park!

posted Aug 26, 2016, 7:41 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg   [ updated Aug 26, 2016, 7:41 AM ]

n May 3rd, various MPPs met with athletes and their families from across the Province. This awareness day was very successful, allowing MPPs to find out more about the opportunities that our athletes have through Special Olympics, in their ridings and beyond. Pictured here, Thunder Bay athlete Thomas Boyes enjoys sharing his experiences with MPP Michael Mantha (Algoma-Manitoulin).

Thank you for hosting, Kapuskasing!

posted May 13, 2016, 6:56 AM by Hellaina VanErp-Rothenburg

(please click on the title to be taken to full post with image)
SOO-Kapuskasing hosted swimmers from the North East in their recent swim meet. It was a great opportunity to meet with other athletes and show of skills worked on all winter, and for those athletes heading to Guelph for Provincial Spring Games to have a competition experience before the event. Check out the press coverage!

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