Special Olympics British Columbia

Local Stars

For the last few years, the wife-and-husband team of Heather Brown and Manny Bourque have enthusiastically given their time to coaching Special Olympics BC – Prince Rupert athletes. The two are currently sharing the role of Head Coach for basketball and soccer, just as they share a passion for and...
Special Olympics BC – Vernon athlete Elizabeth Isbister took her alpine skiing to new heights this winter when she competed at the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Kamloops. “She loved it,” says Debra Pool, Isbister’s caregiver and the SOBC – Vernon Secretary. “She had a lot of fun and...
A dedicated Special Olympics BC – Vancouver coach for the last four years, Arthur Pangilinan has recently taken on the role of Local Coordinator and is making a great impression with his knowledge of the organization, enthusiasm for sports, and commitment to the athletes. While he is proving to be...
Special Olympics BC – Abbotsford athlete Derek Santema was excited to compete with his floor hockey team at the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Kamloops. “It’s fun and you get to shoot on net,” Santema says of his favourite sport. Santema, who plays centre, always has a smile on his face...
Crystal Laboucane, Special Olympics BC – Fort St. John Program Coordinator, overflows with enthusiasm for the Special Olympics community and enjoys a special connection with the athletes. While organizing programs for her Local, Laboucanealso helps coach various sports such as aquatics, athletics,...

In the Spotlight

Mar 24, 2015
March 4, the seventh annual Spread the Word to End the Word® Day, saw an inspiring outpouring of calls to end the hurtful use of the R-word. While people all over the world shared their passionate pledges and messages of support, many Special Olympics BC members and supporters championed the cause...
Mar 24, 2015
Congratulations to the eight athletes and four coaches selected to represent Special Olympics BC at the Western Canada Summer Games 2015 Wood Buffalo! The SOBC track and field athletes bound for Wood Buffalo, Alberta, are SOBC – Burnaby athletes April Armstrong and Daniel Batson alongside SOBC –...
Mar 20, 2015
At the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, Special Olympics BC figure skaters turned heads with both their on-ice abilities and off-ice sportsmanship. Even though they headed to the Canada Games straight from their four busy days at the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Kamloops, the...
Mar 17, 2015
Congratulations to Adam Advocaat of Special Olympics BC – Coquitlam, who has joined the Special Olympics Team Canada 2015 soccer squad! Advocaat was recently added to the team and he is thrilled about the opportunity to compete in his first World Games.  "It was a huge surprise when I found...
Mar 17, 2015
Back in 1977, when a young teacher moved from Washington to Kamloops and wanted to get involved with Special Olympics, she found she couldn’t – it didn’t exist here in B.C. So she and a number of remarkable volunteers sought to change that to create a whole new world of opportunities for...