Give a Toonie Share a Dream

Brendon is a multi-sport athlete and has high functioning autism. He comes from a low socio-economic household and is a high-level Speed Skater. After fighting cancer, Brendon’s involvement in Special Olympics increased. He was active in other sports and after graduating in Computer Repair, he started working at Staples.
Brendon Vriesendorp, Athlete, Speed Skater and Staples Associate, New Brunswick
14-year-old Logan is the youngest member of the Special Olympics PEI soccer team. Logan earned his spot on Team PEI from a strong showing at the soccer skills competition, and a successful Provincial Games experience. Logan is a graduate of Special Olympics PEI’s youth programs, and will be the first PEI athlete to attend the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Logan also plays hockey, thanks to his solid pre-existing sport background. Today, Logan participates in both the Youth Multi-Sport program and the adult competitive soccer program.
Logan Robbins, Special Olympics Athlete, Soccer, PEI
Apart from competing in Athletics, Christian also has competed in soccer. His favourite part is getting to run fast with other athletes and meeting new people at the events. He will be competing at the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games. “Thank you for your support. I am so proud to be part of Team Nova Scotia for the 2018 National Games”.
Christian Gerro, Special Olympics Athlete, Athletics, Nova Scotia
As parents, we are so grateful for the safe and welcoming environment of Special Olympics. Our daughter Tess has been involved in seven different sports over 17 years. She enjoys the friendly competition, chance to meet friends, and to be an ambassador for Special Olympics. She has learned discipline, responsibility, healthy living, and to be confident in sport and in life. All this has been made possible through the generosity of Special Olympics Canada national partners like Staples Canada.
Mike Trojan, Parent, Special Olympics Coach & Board Member, Ontario
Leslie says getting involved with Special Olympics BC is the most rewarding decision she has ever made. An enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer. She serves as Abbotsford’s Volunteer Coordinator and is the Head Coach of her local 5-Pin bowling and bocce programs. “Spending time with Special Olympics athletes is a joyful experience that can make you feel good even when you are having a bad day.” Leslie started volunteering 18 years ago after her daughter signed up as an athlete. “My favourite thing about being involved in Special Olympics is the unconditional love that the athletes have for the coaches and volunteers.”
Leslie Bowling, Special Olympics Volunteer, British Columbia
Special Olympics has had a tremendous impact on Barb’s life. She said anyone out there who may be thinking about joining the organization should “jump in with both feet. Give 100% and enjoy the experience.” “You will be the one who benefits in the long run. I have learned patience, perseverance, and how to be ready for anything. And remember: laughter gets you through a lot of situations”.
Barb Prystai, Special Olympics Volunteer, Alberta
Staples Canada is a proud supporter of Special Olympics Canada for 22 years. Give new opportunities to children, youth and adults with an intellectual disability. Support the campaign by adding one of the donation options to your purchase today online or in-store from April 21 to May 21, 2018.

* Donations over $20 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt from Special Olympics Canada. Click here for the receipt.

Did you know Special Olympics Canada is…?

  • More than an event… it delivers year-round world-class sport programs to people with intellectual disabilities daily in communities across Canada.
  • Offering programs that cater to all ages and a wide range of abilities… for children (2 years+), youth, and adults.
  • Providing an introduction to sport and physical activity with programs that offer daily training and local competition, but also the opportunity to participate in high-performance competition.
  • The only organization in Canada to provide grassroots sport programs and competition opportunities, from the local level to the world level, for people with intellectual disabilities.