Senator Honours Two Special Olympic Leaders with Diamond Jubilee Medals
Senator Jim Munson honoured two Special Olympics leaders with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at Special Olympics Canada's fall business meeting for Special Olympics, earlier this month. Both Sharon Bollenbach, Senior Vice President Sport and Strategic Initiatives, Special Olympics Canada and Mike Greek, President & CEO of Special Olympics Nova Scotia received their awards from the senator for their outstanding leadership and dedication to the Special Olympics movement and sport.
Senator Jim Munson honoured two Special Olympics leaders with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at Special Olympics Canada’s fall business meeting for Special Olympics, earlier this month. Both Sharon Bollenbach, Senior Vice President Sport and Strategic Initiatives, Special Olympics Canada and Mike Greek, President & CEO of Special Olympics Nova Scotia received their awards from the senator for their outstanding leadership and dedication to the Special Olympics movement and sport.
“There are so many people involved with the Canadian Special Olympics movement that deserve recognition,” said Senator Munson. “I have watched Sharon and Michael at countless events and witnessed two people who genuinely share the joy of Special Olympics athletes.”
Senator Munson is a long-time advocate and champion for the rights of people with an intellectual disability. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada, and honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
About the recipients
Born and raised in Manitoba, Sharon Bollenbach began her career with Special Olympics Manitoba as a Regional Technical Director. In 1993, Sharon joined Skate Canada, as an Event Manager, responsible for over 20 international and national figure skating events, including the 2001 World Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver, which set a global record profit of $6.5 million. After nine years with Skate Canada, Sharon worked at the MS Society of Ontario, gaining experience in the fundraising side of event management, while overseeing three provincial fundraising campaigns, the volunteer program and media relations initiatives.
Eager to get back into sport,Sharon joined the Canadian Olympic Committee in 2004 as the Senior Manager, Events & Community Relations responsible for all Canadian Olympic Committee events. She planned and executed the Canadian Team Opening, Medalist Celebrations, National Sport Organization and sponsor events at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens,Greece. During the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy she managed all operations at Canada Olympic House as well as the Family and Friends Program. Sharon was the General Manager of the Toronto Site for the FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Canada in July 2007, returning to the Special Olympics family in September 2007 as Vice President, Sport for Special Olympics Canada, where she has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and execution of initiatives that advance sport programs and competitions.
Mike Greek began his involvement with Special Olympics in 1990 while working at Bonny Lea Farm in Chester, Nova Scotia. He assumed the role of president and CEO of Special Olympics Nova Scotia in May 2005. His volunteer role as coach with the Lunenburg Queens Region and coordinator for Special Olympic events at Bonny Lea eventually led to his joining the provincial office as a full time staff member in 1999. Mike brings to Special Olympics a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Bachelor of Science with a background specific to Special Olympic athletes and sports in general. He has attended seven national games and several world games where his roles ranged from chef de mission to head coach. While in his role as Head Coach for Team Canada at the World Games in New Haven, Connecticut, he successfully coached his team to a silver medal victory.