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Special Olympics PEI Staff

Provincial Office

Special Olympics PEI
40 Enman Crescent, Room 240
Charlottetown, PE C1E 1E6
1-800-287-1196 (toll free)



Special Olympics PEI Staff

Charity Sheehan, Dr. Frank Hayden, Special Olympics
Charity Sheehan, centre, with Marion Hayden, left, and Dr. Frank Hayden, right, Founder of Special Olympics in Canada


Executive Director - Charity Sheehan


In December of 2013, Charity was appointed Executive Director of Special Olympics PEI.  She started her involvement as a volunteer coach in 1997 and in 2001 started her career with Special Olympics PEI as Program Director.  Charity is a graduate of the Holland College Sport & Leisure Management Program and remains active with the program through an advisory committee.  Charity has attended numerous multi-sport games over the past two decades including being mission staff at three Special Olympics World Games and two Canada Games.  She has a passion for coach development, policy management and an overall love of sport.



Charity's primary areas of responsibility are:
  • Organization Development - Strategic Planning, Fiscal Management and Partnership Development, including Law Enforcement Torch Run
  • Fund Development - Events, Stewardship and Partnerships
  • Risk Management  - Policy Development
Matthew McNally, Special Olympics PEI
Matthew McNally, second from right, with daughter and Active Start athlete, Norah, wife Katie (right) and Tessa Virtue (left).


Program Director - Matthew McNally


Matthew has been working in the field of sport and recreation since graduating from the University of New Brunswick in 2010 and he has been working in his role as Program Director since September 2014. His role includes working with a team that focuses on enhancing Competition, Coach Education, Athlete Leadership, Healthier Communities and the development of Sports Programs for all ages. Matthew's sport of choice is basketball, where he is a National Officials Certification Program Level 3 basketball official. Matthew's daughter, Norah, is an Active Start athlete. 



Matthew's primary areas of responsibility are:
  • Health and Wellness Project Management
  • Sport and Program Management 
  • Athlete Leadership Program
  • Provincial Team Program (Team PEI)
  • Database Management
Genna Phelan, Special Olympics PEI
Genna Phelan, right, with Special Olympics PEI 5-Pin Bowling athlete, Oliver Venneman


manager - Sport & competitions - Genna Phelan


Genna started with Special Olympics PEI in November 2011 as Program Coordinator following the completion of her education, which includes a Sport and Leisure Management Diploma from Holland College, a Bachelor of Sociology and a Bachelor of Education, both from UPEI. Sport has always played an important role in Genna's life. Having played everything growing up, she still plays softball and hockey today, and coaches high performance hockey. Genna has been to 3 Canada Games, once as a trainer and twice as a coach in women's hockey.



Genna's Primary areas of responsibilities Are:
  • Sport Program Development
  • Coordinate, Promote, and Implement a Year Round Sports Training Program 
  • Technical Lead on all Special Olympics PEI Sport Events - Rules, Scheduling, Procedures and Policies
  • Program Coordination - Coaches, Program Volunteers, Venues, Equipment
Sarah Profitt - Wagner, Special Olympics PEI
Sarah Profitt - Wagner, left, with Special Olympics PEI Rhythmic Gymnastics athlete, Rachael Loggie.


manager - communications, fund development, schools & youth - Sarah Profitt-Wagner


Sarah first worked for Special Olympics PEI through an internship program for new university graduates in 2011. Following the internship Sarah took the opportunity to work overseas and do some travelling, which, along with sport, is one of Sarah's major passions. Upon returning to Canada in late 2014 Sarah began volunteering with Special Olympics PEI. Shortly thereafter Sarah accepted the position as Membership Services Coordinator. Sarah is a graduate of McGill University. A former competitive Rhythmic Gymnast, Sarah played a role is bringing the sport to Special Olympics PEI and is a volunteer coach with the Charlottetown Rhythmic Gymnastics program. 

Sarah's Primary Areas of Responsibility Are: 
  • Youth Development - School Partnership Programs, Unified Bocce, and Community Youth Programs
  • Social Media & Communications
  • Fund Development - Events, Partnerships, and Donor Stewardship
Ellen Murphy, Special Olympics PEI
Ellen Murphy, right, with Special Olympics PEI 5-Pin Bowling athlete, Erin Pippy


sport developer - Ellen Murphy


Ellen first joined the Special Olympics PEI team as a summer student in 2017 after graduating from the BScHK program at the University of St. FX. The following summer Ellen rejoined the team while simultaneously completing the internship for her Master’s. Since completing her Master’s in Human Kinetics with a concentration in Sport Management from the University of Ottawa in  December 2018 Ellen has joined the team full time, as the Health and Membership Management Coordinator before transitioning to Sport Developer. Ellen has been involved in sport from a young age playing a number of sports over the years, and continues to be involved in rugby as an athlete, coach and volunteer.



Ellen's Primary areas of responsibilities Are:
  • Sport Development and Virtual Programming and Health Athletes
  • Volunteer and Athlete Management
  • Database Management



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