Board of Directors

Special Olympics PEI is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors operating under the Carver Model of governance. 

Directors are elected for two year terms at the Annual General Meeting.

If you are interested in knowing more, please contact Executive Director, Charity Sheehan at or at 902-368-8919.




Board of Directors

The current members of Special Olympics PEI's Board of Directors are:

Jamie Arsenault, Special Olympics PEI, Board of Directors
Past - President

Jamie Arsenault

Favourite Special Olympics Moment: "My favourite Special Olympics event is the awards ceremony. The excitement of the athletes is contagious and the respect they show each other is unparalleled. It is heartwarming to see the excitement that each nominated athlete shows and even more so to see how excited they all are for the winner of the award. It is hard to leave the event without a smile on your face."

Learn more about Jamie: Meet Jamie Arsenault 


Craig Watson, Special Olympics PEI, Board of Directors

Craig Watson

Favourite Special Olympics Moment: "Being part of Team PEI Mission Staff at the SOC 2020 National Winter Games in Thunder Bay, as well as being selected as Team Canada Mission Staff for the 2022 World Winter Games."

Learn more about Craig: Meet Craig Watson 



Robert Horne, Special Olympics PEI, Board of Directors
vice president

Robert Horne

Bio Coming Soon





Clifford Lee, Special Olympics PEI, Board of Directors

Clifford Lee

Favourite Special Olympics Moment: "I always thought that the excitement that is created at the Pep Rallies prior to Team PEI leaving for National Games was exciting and unique. The individual introductions of the athletes, coaches and volunteers and the excitement created is truly amazing. At the Pep Rallies the athletes display the true meaning of sportsmanship."

Learn more about Clifford: Meet Clifford Lee


Rebecca Gill, Special Olympics PEI, Board of Directors

Rebecca Gill

Favourite Special Olympics Moment: "Watching the athletes support each other in their attempts and in their successes, it is powerful!" 

Learn more about Rebecca: Meet Rebecca Gill

Special Olympics PEI, Ellen MacNearney, Board of Directors
Athlete Representative

Ellen MacNearney

Favourite Special Olympics Moment: "Back in 2013 I was named to Team Canada and had the opportunity to compete at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in the sport of cross country skiing. I got to meet lots of new friends, and experience a new culture. While I was competing my best friend from high school, Emily Chapman, was there watching her sister, and my fellow Team Canada athlete, Alyssa Chapman, compete in Figure Skating. Emily was there when I won the gold medal in my 1km race!"

Learn more about Ellen: Meet Ellen MacNearney

Heidi Mallett, Special Olympics PEI, Board of Directors
director at large - GaLC

Heidi Mallett

Favourite Special Olympics Moment: "(Special Olympics) allows me to participate in weekly sports program like golf and 5pin bowling just to name a few. It has been an honour to travel for Provincial and National Games."

Learn more about Heidi: Meet Heidi Mallett



Melanie McKenna, Special Olympics PEI, Board of Directors
Director at Large

Melanie McKenna (on leave)

bio Coming Soon





Lynda Hontscharowicz, Special Olympics PEI, Board of Directors
director at large

Lynda Hontscharowicz

Favourite Special Olympics Moment: "I have a few but the one that stands out the most is at the Provincial Bowling Tournament. The excitement, expectation and anticipation the athletes have waiting for the ceremony to start. Who is going to win, are they going to get a medal. No matter if they win or not, the athletes cheer for the next winner with so much enthusiasm."

Learn more about Lynda: Meet Lynda Hontscharowicz


Special Olympics PEI, Jackie Charchuk, Board of Directors
director at large

Jackie Charchuk

Bio Coming Soon





Kristin Noonan, Special Olympics PEI, Board of Directors
director at large

Kristin Noonan

Favourite Special Olympics Moment: "I am hoping to be a part of many amazing moments with Special Olympics PEI, as this is just the beginning. But I can say now, seeing the athletes’ faces light up with pride, and seeing them compete is so rewarding, and I am happy to be able to be a part of it." 

Learn more about Kristin: Meet Kristin Noonan