Special Olympics Canada Chief Executive Officer Resignation Announcement

January 12, 2023

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Special Olympics Canada (SOC) Board of Directors announces the resignation of our Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sharon Bollenbach, effective February 24, 2023.

Sharon joined Special Olympics Canada in 2007 as the Vice President, Sport, was promoted to Senior Vice President, Sport and Strategic Initiatives in 2012, and appointed to the role of CEO in 2013.  Over the past sixteen years Sharon has advanced our mission of enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport with passion and commitment.  She has united all corners of our country around common strategic priorities, propelled growth in both athlete and volunteer participants, and realized a significant increase in revenue, most notably in incremental permanent federal government funding.  One of her many strengths is her ability to interact and collaborate with people no matter their position or background, whether athletes, volunteers, government officials or senior corporate leaders.  Sharon valued and fostered relationships built on mutual respect and trust.  These are but a few of many accomplishments and traits that will be Sharon’s legacy across the movement in Canada and globally.  

We extend our sincere appreciation to Sharon for her vision, enthusiasm, and dedication to the Special Olympics movement here and abroad.  We wish her continued success as she embarks on a new chapter in her career.

The Special Olympics Canada Board of Directors will be conducting a national search for a new CEO, for which a posting will be distributed soon. Information on the interim leadership plan will be shared prior to Sharon’s official departure date.

The Board looks forward to working with SOC staff, Provincial and Territorial Chapters and our many stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership at SOC as we collectively remain committed to enhancing the lives of our athletes through the power and joy of sport.

Charles Bordeleau
Chair, Board of Directors
Special Olympics Canada