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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
SPORT PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Mark joined SONS in January 2016; a week later he was attending the National Winter Games in Corner Brook, NL. Mark’s recreation degree (Memorial University) has provided immediate dividends to programs and event planning and delivery. He maintains a close connection with Regional Leaders across Nova Scotia. Mark fills key roles for Provincial Games, Provincial Leadership Council meetings, events such as the Truck Convoy, the Inspired Gala. He was a a member of Mission Staff for Team Nova Scotia 2018 and Team Manager at Thunder Bay 2020.
Phone: 902.429.2266 x 4
DIRECTOR – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
John is the newest addition to our team having 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. John worked with Nova Scotians with disabilities for the past 7 years, beginning with Easter Seals Nova Scotia in 2013. Joining SONS in 2019, he enjoys the friendships made with athletes and volunteers.
Phone: 902.429.2266 x 5
DIRECTOR – YOUTH DEVELOPMENT & HEALTHY ATHLETES
Tom joined SONS in 2009 following an exemplary career as a physical education teacher and Executive Director of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation. Tom travels the province setting up Fundamental Movement Skill (FMS) programs for youth ages 2-21 with intellectual disability. Tom trains volunteers in NCCP courses such as “Fundamental Movement Skills” and the “Special Olympics Canada – Coaching Young Athletes” course and works with medical professionals to set up clinics for the Healthy Athletes program.
Phone: 902.429.2266 x 3