Special Olympics Canada | Olympiques Spéciaux Canada
50 per cent

of Special Olympics athletes work. They are 5 times more likely to work than adults with an intellectual disability not enrolled in Special Olympics.

20,505 volunteers

and coaches deliver Special Olympics programs in hundreds of communities across Canada

Team Canada

Be a Volunteer

Change lives, including your own

Becoming a volunteer is one of the greatest things one can do, and Special Olympics Canada is a great place to do just that. Focusing on enriching the lives of both those involved in the program, as well as those overseeing it, the experience of donating your time with us is full of rewards and moments that make it more than worth it.

There are many ways to volunteer, including:

Volunteer with Special Olympics

“A volunteer is a person who believes people can make a difference – and is willing to prove it.”
- Anonymous

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Quite simply, without them, we could not deliver on our promise to enrich the lives of children, youth, and adults with an intellectual disability.

Each brings their skills and talents to the table, and by giving them the tools they need to succeed, we guarantee them an experience they won’t soon forget.

Consider joining this amazing movement that enriches lives, changes attitudes and builds stronger communities. You will make meaningful and lasting changes in someone’s life, as well as your own, all while building many friendships.

Volunteer Recognition

Each year, through the Special Olympics Canada Awards, we turn the spotlight on our stellar volunteers; Canadians from all walks of life who, through selfless commitment, have contributed so much to the growth of this amazing movement here in Canada.

At this annual recognition event, we salute these men and women who, in their own communities, educate and communicate the value of people with an intellectual disability, giving them the opportunity to showcase their abilities and talents through mentorship and friendship.

Volunteer Orientation

In order to make sure that both our athletes and volunteers get the most out of our programs, Special Olympics Canada have developed an online volunteer orientation to provide information to new volunteers on what we do, who we serve and what they need to know to get started.

Volunteer Orientation