Meet Volunteer Leandra Furber

Special Olympics

Special Olympics BC – Elk Valley volunteer Leandra Furber loves to work with young SOBC athletes.

“Young athletes are full of wonder while experiencing a new sport for the first time!” she says. “They are open to developing new skills and excited to learn. They express so much joy and I know that it is an opportunity to develop lifelong skills and passions.”

Along with being a youth program leader, Furber serves as SOBC – Elk Valley’s Treasurer, a position that sees her reconcile expenses and manage the Local’s budget. Furber says she was fortunate to be mentored by longstanding volunteer Nell McGarrigle. 

As a member of SOBC – Elk Valley’s Local Committee, Furber says she is part of an amazing group of dedicated, experienced volunteers. 

When did you start with Special Olympics?

I've been with Special Olympics for three years as an Active Start coach, a FUNdamentals coach for one year, and Treasurer for two years. 

What has been your most memorable Special Olympics experience?

My favourite memories are coaching young athletes who are just experiencing sports for the first time. 

What would you like others to know about SOBC – Elk Valley?

SOBC – Elk Valley has extremely dedicated volunteers, most have been involved for more than 10 years.