Try-It-Day sessions bring inclusion to communities

SOBC Inclusion project
Scott Howe, Managing Partner of the Howe International Consulting Group, helps out at Try-It-Day at Khalsa School, Newton.

The end of the first round of a pilot project for Special Olympics BC is just around the corner. SOBC has been in Richmond and Surrey hosting Try-It-Day sessions, in hopes of reaching traditionally underserved communities in the Lower Mainland.

The aim of the program is to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities of all ages the opportunity to try Special Olympics programs. In both Richmond and Surrey, SOBC is attempting to bridge gaps by incorporating volunteers who can speak Hindi, Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Tagalog.

Scott Howe, Managing Partner of the Howe International Consulting Group, says it's exciting to see new communities embrace the idea of inclusion.

"On the first day or two we only had a few kids attend, but their parents quickly saw the value in our programs and began telling their friends," Howe said. "As the weeks progressed we began seeing more and more new faces."

While the Richmond program has been completed, in Surrey, the program concludes its current run with two more dates on May 26 and June 2. SOBC has been fortunate to find such a supportive partner in Khalsa School, Newton, Howe says.

"Support from Khalsa was critical to making this project a success.  Staff helped us book facilities, spread the word and went on radio and TV to promote the event. Students came to the Try-It Days and helped run the stations. It was amazing to have them involved."

Howe said if you know of anyone who might benefit from this great program, please encourage them to give it a try! 

No skills or appointments needed, just drop in and we’ll get you started! Water and snacks will be provided.

This project has been generously supported by viaSport, the Government of B.C., and the Government of Canada.

To register or for more information contact Chelsea Rogers, Community Development Coordinator, at 604-802-4226 / 1-888-854-2276 toll-free or email