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1968 The year Special Olympics was founded

by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

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.

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The 2014 Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. Campaign Raises More Than $629,000 For Special Olympics Canada


We could not be more excited to announce the results of this year’s Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. campaign!!! We are THRILLED to announce the 2014 campaign was our most successful yet, raising more than $629,000 for Special Olympics programs across the country! We could not be more excited and honoured with the support and hard work of all Staples employees and customers across the country who made this year’s campaign such a resounding success. We continue to be blown away by the sheer determination and passion our partners show in raising awareness and funds for our movement. On behalf of athletes, volunteers, coaches, families, fans and friends, THANK YOU STAPLES!!!

TORONTO, May 29, 2014 – Staples Canada and Special Olympics Canada are thrilled to announce this year’s Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. campaign raised more than $629,000. Together, Special Olympics Canada and Staples Canada would like to thank Staples customers throughout the country for their generosity in raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics programs.

From ages two to 92, and through 18 different summer and winter sports, Special Olympics Canada is able to reach more athletes and empower more lives thanks to Staples Canada and the Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. campaign. Special Olympics provides world-class sport programming to individuals with an intellectual disability across Canada. All proceeds raised during the Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. campaign directly support the more than 36,000 Special Olympics athletes who take part in these programs. From the grassroots level, to the world stage, Special Olympics Canada empowers individuals with an intellectual disability and allows them to improve their self-esteem, instill confidence and other life skills as well as contributing to healthier athletes with life-long physical fitness habits.

“Throughout the 18-year partnership, our Associates across the country passionately got behind the cause and truly became champions of the movement,” said Steve Matyas, President, Staples Canada. “Our store teams are excited to be making a huge difference in the lives of Canadians living with intellectual disabilities and it means a great deal to be a part of such an inspiring and important program that opens up so many new opportunities for these athletes.”

This year’s campaign featured online donations for the first time, allowing a broader range of Staples customers the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of Special Olympics athletes.

One athlete in particular who has experienced the transformative effects of Special Olympics programming, Willow Sleep, was the start of this year’s campaign, and was featured on all of Staples’ in-store and online promotional materials. “Willow’s love for life is nothing short of infectious! She is a shining example of determination and perseverance with just the right amount of silliness,” said Jeff Sleep, father of Active Start participant, Willow, age 3. “Special Olympics allows kids like Willow to show her community… and eventually the world, that every person is gifted.”

“Staples Canada customers have once again displayed their incredible generosity through the Give a Toonie. Share a Dream. campaign,” noted Sharon Bollenbach, CEO, Special Olympics Canada. “We continue to be amazed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the Staples staff and customers each and every year, and this year was no exception. Staples, a long-time partner and supporter of Special Olympics in Canada, helps our organization enrich the lives of Canadians with intellectual disabilities through daily world-class sport programs that make more dreams happen.”

On behalf of the 36,739 Special Olympics athletes and 17,398 volunteers throughout the country, Special Olympics Canada would like to sincerely thank all Staples Canada stores and their customers for another successful campaign!