Special Olympics Canada | Olympiques Spéciaux Canada
17,398 volunteers

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

12 floor hockey players

were brought to Chicago by Harold Smith to represent Canada at the first International Special Olympics in 1968

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.

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

 For more information about registering as a volunteer, please go to Toyota Volunteer Training Days.

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.

Volunteer Coaches 12,694 + Operational Volunteers 4,704 = Total volunteers 17,398

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.

The 26th annual Special Olympics Canada Awards will be celebrated in Toronto, in November 2014.

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