Volunteer Annual Members’ Meeting

All registered Special Olympics London Volunteers are invited to join us for the Annual Members Meeting on Friday September 8th at 7:00 p.m. at Hutton House Main Building, 654 Wonderland Rd.

In addition to holding elections, we will be reviewing changes to London’s constitution, updating everyone on our strategic plan, discussing training opportunities and much more. This is also a great opportunity to interact with volunteers from other sports, while enjoying some tasty appetizers.

If you are able to attend, and we certainly hope you are, please RSVP by clicking on this link or emailing Jennifer Findley at jennf@specialolympicsontario.com.  Deadline to rsvp is September 1st.

Anyone interested in putting his or her name forward to stand for elections being held at the Annual Members’ Meeting, must do so prior to the deadline of September 1st at midnight. There will be NO nominations accepted from the floor. Declarations of interest should be emailed to Jennifer Findlay at jennf@specialolympicsontario.com.

Typically all positions with the London Community Council are elected for 2 year terms but this year, with an eye to successful succession planning, we will be electing some to 1 year terms and some to 2.

The London Council positions are:

Community Coordinator (2 years): To coordinate the volunteers within the community, ensure that all policies and procedures are followed and ensure programs are delivered in accordance with the Provincial Special Olympics constitution, by-laws and guidelines.

Public Relations Coordinator (1 year): To coordinate the community’s PR efforts by ensuring that the public, the media and all interested persons are aware of Special Olympics Ontario programs in the community. This person also ensures that all stakeholders in the community are kept aware of SOO’s activities.

Sport Tech #1 (2 years): To provide a resource to community volunteers looking for specific sport information and to monitor the overall quality of experience in community sports programs through interacting with parents, coaches, and athletes. They also oversee the Facilities Manager and Competition Committee.

Sport Tech #2 (1 year): To provide a resource to community volunteers looking for specific sport information and to monitor the overall quality of experience in community sports programs through interacting with parents, coaches, and athletes. They also oversee the Facilities Manager and Competition Committee.

Treasurer (1 year): To maintain and monitor the financial transactions and records of the community.

Secretary (2 years): To record and document written communication pertaining to the business of Community Council.

Volunteer Coordinator (1 year): To implement and maintain a volunteer placement process within the community. Oversees the Orientation Coordinator and Volunteer Liaison, as well as the Athlete Registrar.

Athlete Representative (1 year): This application-based appointed role. This person will provide a voice for athletes on Community Council and help to ensure athletes in the community are participating in community initiatives.

Sniff and Stroll

Join us for the Sniff and Stroll 3 or 5k run/walk on October 15th in Gibbons Park. Bring your dog and help support Save Me Dog Rescue, Hutton House, and of course, Special Olympics London! Registration forms may be dropped off or mailed to Hutton House. And of course, start asking for sponsors and filling up your form today!

Provincial Award Winners

Special Olympics Ontario has just announced their 2017 Provincial Award winners and we are pleased to congratulate 2 of our own here in London. Congratulations to Valerie Nyhout, named Provincial Female Athlete of the Year and to Taylor Ablitt, named Provincial Male Coach of the Year. We are very proud!. Well done Val and Taylor! Congratulations to all of the award recipients.

Interesting in Volunteering?

Interested in volunteering with Special Olympics London? We appreciate your interest and would be pleased to welcome you. All new volunteers must attend an orientation session. This is your opportunity to learn about the organization and how you can get involved.We will also discuss which program would be the best fit for you. Join us on
Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at
Hutton House, Cherryhill Village Mall, 301 Oxford St W. from
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Please RSVP to; london.volunteerco@specialolympicsontario.ca
If you are attending, please bring the following documents: **Please note that Police Records Checks currently take about 6-8 weeks to obtain.**
1) Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)
Print this letter: http://www1.specialolympicsontario.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Police-Check-Request-Letter.pdf, fill it out, and bring it with you to the Police Station. The cost will be about $17, but Special Olympics London will be happy to reimburse this expense for you upon admittance into the community. All volunteers must provide the original copy of the Police Record Check prior to volunteering with our athletes.
2) Printed copy of 2 the name and contact information for 2 references
Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Sessions (sessions are hosted on the last Wednesday of every month);
July 26, 2017
August 30, 2017
September 27, 2017


It’s that time of year again. Time to sign up for all sports for the 2017-2018 season. This will be all fall/winter sports and spring/summer sports for next year.

Registration will take place over two days: Sunday June 25th from 1-4 p.m. and Monday June 26th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Cherryhill Village Mall in front of the library (Shoppers Drug Mart end of the mall). The registration form, athlete profile and athlete code of conduct can be found here

2017 Athletes Awards Banquet

Murray Faulkner, right, presents the Murray Faulkner Sportsperson of the Year award to Kristov Loebus.

On Friday May 12th, London athletes and their families, along with many of  London’s volunteers, attended the annual Athlete Awards night. A big thank you to The Optimist Club of Byron for their generous donation supporting the evening’s celebrations.  Over 400 people joined in the fun at the London Convention Centre as each athlete was presented with a medal and each sport presented their Athlete of the Year. The Badge of Courage award was presented to Ryan McGrath and new awards, Female Athlete of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year were presented to the four World Games athletes, Sara Albers, Chris Innes, Val Nyhout and James Walker. The Murray Faulkner Sportsperson of the Year Award was presented by Murray Faulkner, following the surprise arrival of a few of London’s finest in miniature cars. This year, the award was presented to Kristov Loebus. Kristov is a multi-sport athlete, known for his quiet enthusiasm, his willingness to volunteer to help with Special Olympics events and his appreciation of his coaches.

Congratulations to each of the evening’s award recipients!

Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Jill Francis on being named Volunteer of the Year for Special Olympics Ontario/London. Jill joined Special Olympics London in 2002, and since then has coached in the 5 pin youth bowling program and the track & field program. In 2016, Jill was part of the medical staff at the National Winter Games in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. Jill is truly an extraordinary volunteer. Congratulations Jill!

Jill Francis, left, accepts the Volunteer of the Year award from last year’s Volunteer of the Year, Suzanne Walker. Photo by Bill Mills.

World Games Wrap-Up

Congratulations to our 4 London athletes who took on the world at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria for 2 weeks in March. Their commitment to their training was evident as they competed with tremendous energy and heart. Chris skied the Super G and GS and finished with a 5th and an 8th place finish. In terrible snow conditions, Chris took a nasty fall in the GS but quickly returned to his feet and finished the race. Val skied the GS and earned 4th and the Slalom and took the Silver medal.Sara competed in the 222 and the 500 in speed skating and returns with Silver and Bronze medals.  Jamie played an exciting round robin in floor hockey and his team ended with the Silver medal.

Congratulations to our London athletes for their dedication and sportsmanship.





Reframing Abilities

The talented artists from the Hutton House Studio Artist program present Reframing Abilities, an art show and sale at the ARTS Project from March 21st – April 1st from noon to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 

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