Special Olympics British Columbia

Local Stars

Special Olympics BC – Richmond athlete Nicky Chow was the pride of his community when he competed in speed skating at the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Kamloops. Chow struck gold in the 333-metre race and the team relay, and bronze in the 500- and 777-metre races in the February event. “...
Cathy and Jeff Lafortune of Special Olympics BC – Castlegar are an inspiring mother-and-son team who have brought their dedication and passion to the roles of Treasurer, Local Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, and this year, Program Coordinator. The Lafortunes say their wholehearted respect for...
For Special Olympics BC – 100 Mile House coach Keith Thiessen, being involved in Special Olympics is a family affair. Thiessen coaches the golf and bowling programs his stepson Ryan Barker participates in as an athlete, and supports his partner Denise Barker in her role as Local Coordinator....
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...

In the Spotlight

Apr 28, 2015
It’s been a busy winter for the Special Olympics BC Performance Program, as 2015 opened with a successful first foray into figure skating, great development in the training camps for snow sports athletes and coaches, and strong work by powerlifting coaches. Held March 21 in Vancouver, the first...
Apr 27, 2015
Congratulations to the 2015 nominees for Special Olympics BC’s five annual awards! These accomplished and inspiring athletes, coaches, and volunteers have been nominated by their peers in recognition of their outstanding achievements, spirit, and contributions to Special Olympics. Please join...
Apr 27, 2015
Special Olympics BC has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1980, thanks to the support of some big personalities and dedicated organizations. This month, in the latest part of our series for SOBC’s 35th anniversary, we celebrate the SOBC Hall of Fame sponsors and fundraising events that...
Apr 24, 2015
Due to discomfort and unfamiliarity, past dental and medical appointments had not always been positive experiences for Special Olympics BC – Vancouver athlete Corey Yee and his family. When his friends and fellow athletes wanted to attend the SOBC Healthy Athletes Screening Day in Vancouver on...
Apr 21, 2015
From May 2 to 24, Staples Canada will raise vital awareness and funds for Special Olympics athletes and programs with the 15th year of their Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. campaign. Staples customers can help Special Olympics athletes realize their dreams by donating in stores and...