Holiday Greetings from SONS

Holiday Greetings from Special Olympics Nova Scotia 

We wish all our friends, athletes, coaches, volunteers and supporters the very best health and happiness this Holiday Season. We’ve highlighted some of our brightest moments of 2021 for you. 

Please consider a DONATION in support of our athletes. Programs are slowly returning throughout our regions. Your support makes a tremendous difference in their lives and in their communities.

Message from the Board Chair

It has certainly been an interesting year for Special Olympics Nova Scotia and me through my first year as Chair. The global pandemic has brought plenty of challenges to the organization as we have continued to adapt and thrive within our new normal. My sincere thanks to all of our volunteers, supporters, and regional leaders for your dedication and support.

It has been a humbling experience to see firsthand the strength of our organization as we have navigated through this ever-changing world. The pandemic has impacted everyone in different ways and SONS is no different. The leadership shown by our provincial office staff to keep our athletes, volunteers, and stakeholders engaged has been tremendous while confidently navigating uncertainty with changing public health restrictions. Our key volunteer leaders across the province stepped up like never before to ensure our athletes were supported. Our volunteers now have the resources they need to operate safely, and the mission of Special Olympics continues despite traditional ways we operate being put on hold. 
Even with the pandemic, SONS has had an exciting start to the new decade. This year was the start of a remarkable journey for us as we plan and pursue our next chapter of growth. We have begun dreaming and planning what the next ten years can look like, and where Special Olympics Nova Scotia can go.

Happy Holidays
Michael McCarther

Youth Program Update

14 Schools Took the Challenge This fall, schools registered for the SONS School Challenge, a virtual program designed to get children with additional needs moving and eating well on a daily basis for seven weeks. Points for each session are

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New Partner for Unified Speed Skating

Unified Speed Skating A new program and a new partner Unified Sports includes equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and partners without an ID of similar ages and abilities on the playing field for both individual and team sports. All

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News from the Regions

Soccer lovers rejoice!  Sackville/Bedford Soccer The soccer program restarted for Sackville/Bedford this past summer. Athletes were able to get back to their important training programs and games were scheduled for competition.           New Cobequid Region Coordinator

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World Winter Games in Russia!

Off to Russia! Three Lunenburg/Queens Athletes were named to Team Canada  Congratulations to Emily Latta, Colby Oickle and Michael Moreau who qualified following the 2020 Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, ON in the sport of snowshoeing. They are training

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SONS in the News – Cathy Mason

Meet the Newest Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Inductee Congratulations goes to long-time volunteer Cathy Mason, Pictou Region. Cathy was recently inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame as a Builder.  She shares the esteemed company of other Builders (and

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SONS in the News – Dereck Boutilier

Cape Breton Special Olympian shares weight loss story with TV’s Dr. Oz, inspires fellow athletes globally  Ending Health Disparities Event – Nov 30th Dereck Boutilier inspired Canada two years ago, now he’s inspiring the world. Boutilier, a member of the

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