Media Release: Special Olympics Alberta Celebrates 37th Annual Awards and AGM

2017 AGM & Awards


EDMONTON, AB, October 15, 2017- Special Olympics Alberta celebrated its 37th Annual Awards and AGM at Four Points Sheraton Edmonton South, 7230 Argyll Rd NW. The event inspired over 200 guests which included the athletes, coaches and supporters like Alberta Sheriff’s Chief Lee Newton, Edmonton Police Services Deputy Chief Brian Simpson, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Marlin Degrand, and Olympic medalist, Jamie Salé. 

This year, Special Olympics Alberta inducted outstanding members and communities in this year’s awards who have displayed phenomenal commitment and passion for Special Olympics. 


2017 Special Olympics Alberta Award Winners


Award Recipient Hometown
Male Athlete of the Year Connor Bissett Whitecourt
Female Athlete of the Year Sarah McCarthy Calgary
Team of the Year West Central Lighting Floor Hockey Spruce Grove & Stony Plain
Athlete Spirit Rachel Clark Lethbridge
Unified School  Bert Church High School Airdrie
Male Coach of the Year Ryan Barberio Calgary
Female Coach of the Year Marsha Bredeson Red Deer
Volunteer of the Year Warren Pattison Edmonton
Volunteer Rising Star Marlene Bell Whitecourt
Law Enforcement Torch Run Outstanding Contribution Award Const. Amanda Trenchard Edmonton
Law Enforcement Torch Run Community Spirit Calgary  
Murray Koch Youth Development West Central Spruce Grove & Stony Plain
MDA Community Leadership West Central Spruce Grove & Stony Plain

Find photos and event coverage on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #SOAAwards. More photos will be available Special Olympics Alberta’s Facebook Album and Flickr. . 

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Special Olympics Alberta

Special Olympics Alberta is dedicated to enriching the lives of Albertans with intellectual disabilities through the transformative power and joy of sport. Our vision is that sport will open hearts and minds towards people with intellectual disabilities and create inclusive communities. 

Special Olympics Alberta’s programs cater to all ages and a wide range of abilities to over 3,300 athletes in more than 140 communities. We provide world class sports programs that are run daily by over 1,300 volunteers. For more information on Special Olympics Alberta, visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and YouTube. #ChoosetoInclude



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For more information please contact:

Katherine Dalusong

Marketing and Communications

Special Olympics Alberta

P: 780-415-0719

C: 780-975-2795