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Michael’s involvement began in 1990 as a volunteer coach, taking his team to the 1994 National and 1995 World Games before being hired as Program Director in 1999 and CEO since 2005. Playing and refereeing hockey, golf and boating are some pastimes enjoyed. Valued relationships with amazing volunteers/colleagues across Nova Scotia and Canada, Special Olympics has truly become a second family. Selected as Chef de Mission for Team Canada at the 2019 World Games in Abu Dhabi, he still finds ways to stay close with athletes.
Phone: 902.429.2266 x 1
DIRECTOR – SPORT & PROGRAMS
Matt joined SONS in 2010 after a successful hockey career ranging the QMJHL, CIS and ECHL. A graduate of Kinesiology from Acadia University, he uses his sport experience to help develop athlete and coach programs across the province. Chef de Mission for Team Nova Scotia at several National Summer and Winter Games and “Games Manager” for the 2018 National Summer Games are personal and professional successes. Matt is an active NCCP Coach Developer and Coach Evaluator and leads SONS on all areas of sport.
Phone: 902.429.2266 x 2
DIRECTOR – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
John has worked in fundraising, marketing and business development for many years. Passionate about sport, John has coached minor hockey and high school basketball in Halifax and loves to spend a day skiing or hitting the links for a round of golf. For the past 10 years, John has supported Nova Scotians with disabilities in several capacities. He joined Special Olympics Nova Scotia in 2019, he enjoys the friendships made with athletes and volunteers.
Phone: 902.429.2266 x 5
DIRECTOR – EVENTS, COMMUNICATION & YOUTH SPORT
Krista’s first glimpse into Special Olympics was in 2004 while volunteering for the National Winter Games in PEI. Since moving to Nova Scotia, she has volunteered at numerous Nova Scotia Provincial Summer and Winter Games, taking on various roles during each event. Krista played an integral role on the Organizing Committee for the 2018 National Summer Games in Antigonish, Chairing Medals as well as contributing to the Athlete Experience Event. Before joining Special Olympics, Krista spent the last 10 years at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as the Events and Development Coordinator. In her free time, Krista enjoys travelling, cooking and being active.
Phone: 902.429.2266 x 4
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Passionate about reducing barriers to participation in sport and leisure for people with disabilities, Rachel earned a degree and certification in recreation therapy. Rachel is on the board of directors with the Nova Scotia Therapeutic Recreation Association and uses her extensive knowledge of disabilities and leisure education to coordinate Special Olympics youth programs. Rachel collaborates with medical professionals to facilitate Healthy Athletes clinics. You can find her hiking, snowboarding, or paddling in her free time.
Phone: 902.429.2266 x 3