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Volunteers recognized

Volunteers recognized

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On May 26 members of the Sechelt & Gibsons soccer teams were gathered to have a match with members of the local RCMP. You may remember last year that a police emergency arose and the officers were unable to attend.

Well, this year a weather emergency, i.e. a thunderstorm, hammered the Chatelech soccer field bringing lightning and it was deemed unsafe for a game. It was rescheduled for June 2.

Saturday, May 28 was the date for our Volunteer Appreciation Banquet. You may have been asked if you wanted to buy a raffle ticket to support SOSC but when the names were drawn, not one winner was in attendance. The winners are being contacted by phone.

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Volunteer coaches for Special Olympics on the Sunshine Coast pose at an appreciation banquet May 28. Richard Hoath photo

Local Coordinator, Pat Stuart, read a ‘Year in Review’ to a packed audience at the Gibsons Legion. Volunteers and athletes who are graduating this year from high school were recognized, including; volunteer coaches Callum Fallis and Caytlin Kopeck who are leaving for university in Victoria. Athletes Josh Stanley, Adam Crane, Kody Pries, Dustin Archer and Coco Vito are headed for further studies as well.

New athletes were welcomed as well: Olivia Wensel, Michael MacDonald, Mathew Siska and Sarah Black, who was the only one able to be there to receive her Special Olympics tote bag. New coaches and volunteers were also welcomed with gifts and thanks.

Service pins were awarded to Annette Bertrand and Cathy Verge for five years of dedication to SOSC and ten year pins were awarded to Laurie Miller and Allyson Pearson. Their time and efforts are invaluable to us all.

Jordan McCourt made a VERY generous donation of $1,000 dollars to SOSC. Thank you Jordan.

Annette Bertrand, Program Coordinator, put on two fabulous slideshows showcasing coaches, volunteers and athletes at play. Wonderful.

All athletes are all working hard and training harder for this year’s Regional Qualifiers. They all take place in the merry month of June: Softball in Coquitlam; Track & Field in Langley; Bocce in Vancouver and Soccer in Abbotsford. Finally, golf will hold its qualifier locally at the Blue Ocean Golf Club in Sechelt.

If you would like to learn more about Special Olympics on the Sunshine Coast, take out your smart phone, open your preferred browser and enter http://www.specialolympicssunshinecoast.ca

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