Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador

Organization Type: Sports & Recreation
Address: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Contact: Megan Drodge
Phone: 7096827206
Website: http://www.specialolympics.ca/newfoundland-and-labrador/

Special Olympics is composed of passionate, committed individuals from every walk of life, who recognise the value and unique gifts of people with intellectual disabilities. And, who together, share the common belief of dignity, equality and opportunity for all people.

Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-profit organization serving individuals with an intellectual disability, with a presence across the province. We are constantly expanding to add new programs in every part of the province.

In the years since Special Olympics was brought to Newfoundland and Labrador, Special Olympics has been supported by a who’s who of outstanding leaders in the fields of sports, education, business, government and disability advocacy. They serve on the Provincial Board of Directors, give financial and political support, act as spokespeople, help build awareness, and establish connections with important organizations and the government.

Under the Board’s guidance and the guidance of Special Olympics leaders, our provincial family of grass-roots volunteers, athletes, family and staff work tirelessly to ensure a quality sports experience for Special Olympics athletes and an accepting community for their families. Every day, talented volunteers and staff work to bring our sports programs to as many places as possible. We work so that we may realize Special Olympics ultimate vision: to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities everywhere, and, in turn, transform the lives of everyone they touch – building a better, more accepting world for all of us.


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I interviewed my dad on video in his final weeks. When I asked about his work and finding meaning through helping others, he responded, “I don’t think you can be focused on, ‘Oh gee, I want to make a difference.’ It has to be spontaneous. If it’s not…there’s some kind of egotistical thing going on. That’s a red flag. You hope you impact people on the deepest level you are capable of at the time. Sometimes you hit it, sometimes you don’t. You’re trying. Lisa Shannon, A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman

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