The Special Olympics Alberta Athlete Leadership Council (ALC) was created to be the voice of the athletes. It is made up of athletes from all regions of the province who are elected by their peers to represent them and bring forward their ideas, suggestions, questions and concerns. This council is athlete run and staff supported. They meet regularly to get updates from around the province and to discuss Special Olympics and athlete topics and to work on projects. The ALC is guided by the athletes rights and responsibilities.
Special Olympics Alberta believes it is important for athletes to have a positive outlook, be dependable, demonstrate good sportsmanship and behaviour in and out of the competition. The main goals for this council is that athletes will feel empowered and are proud to be a part Special Olympics Alberta. You can contact with your local representative if you have ideas, suggestions, questions and concerns.
2016 - 2018 Provincial Athlete Leadership Council
Dallas Sorken, Board of Directors - Athlete Representative
I am in my second term as a provincial ALC member. For hobbies I collect hockey figures, and go to concerts. Currently I am the Chair of the St Albert Athlete Leadership Council. I am also on the board for St. Albert Special Olympics as the athlete representative.
Hector Jean, North Representative
Bio coming soon.
Jessica McLean, Edmonton Representative
Matthew Mundorf, Central Representative
Bio coming soon.
Mark Evans, Calgary Representative
I have participated in many of the sports with Special Olympics and have gone to tournaments and Provincials for weekends and flew to Hamilton with a group of golfers to participate with other athletes from Canada. I am looking forward to golfing in Medicine Hat this summer.
I charge the 2-way radios every weekend during the ski season for the volunteers and coaches and participate in our Alpine Skiing held on Sunday mornings. I also volunteer for Special Olympics for fundraisers and other events they have during the year when I can. This allow me to meet people and make friendships and I like to socialize. I enjoy taking an evening course once in awhile on things I enjoy.
I am honoured to be a voice for the athletes by being the Calgary representative on the Provincial Alberta Leadership Committee. I work weekdays as a volunteer with the Venturers Society. I work outdoors mostly and we do a lot of different types of jobs. We clean up dead fall for acreage owners and chip the dead fall for other uses like spreading it on pathways in the parks and we have a machine that splits logs for firewood. We perform trail maintenance in the backcountry and clean up sites and restock campgrounds with firewood. We also do special projects. Different teams do different work but there are some things we all do like shovel snow and cut grass. I enjoy working outside and with nature. I get up early every morning during the week so I can go to Tim Hortons to meet with my friends where we visit and read the paper before we catch our ride to Kananaskis.
I like what I do because I am involved with a lot of people.
Rodger Gratton, Member at Large
Warren Pattison, Member at Large
Andrew Chamczuk, Member at Large
Doug Hutt, Member at Large