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September 16, 2020

Special Olympics Yukon Athlete of the Month presented by Whitehorse Keystone Kops

September 2020 - Zachary Louie

The Super Mario franchise may bear his brother’s name, but Luigi has at least one loyal fan right here in Whitehorse – Special Olympics Yukon athlete Zachary!

Zach (along with his trusty Luigi hat) joined SOY after moving to Whitehorse in 2017, and he’s quickly become an important part of our athletics and bocce programs.

Zach has participated in several SOY Development Games, and he was even named our Male Most Improved Athlete of the Year after the 2017-2018 season.

As a member of the Tahltan Nation, Zach grew up in Iskut, B.C., before coming north to the Yukon.

In Whitehorse, he has really come into his own with the help of his coaches and mentors at SOY and Teegatha’Oh Zheh.

Zach sometimes has an easier time learning something virtually before translating it to the world outside the console, so he loves playing sports video games on his Nintendo Switch and Xbox 1. Actually, video games were how Zach first gained the confidence to start playing soccer with his cousins and friends!

We’re proud of Zach for understanding that there are many ways to learn, and many ways to participate in sport. As for his speed on the track – well, you might say that even Luigi would be green with envy.

Thanks for your participation with Special Olympics Yukon, Zach!




August 11, 2020

Special Olympics Yukon Athlete of the Month presented by Whitehorse Keystone Kops

August 2020 - Alanna Dene

We are happy to introduce you to the Whitehorse Keystone Kop Society Athlete of the Month for August 2020…. Alanna Dene!!

Where do we begin with this wonderful young woman? Since joining us in 2005, Alanna has participated in just about every sport that Special Olympics Yukon offers, including (*takes a deep breath*) Bocce, Golf, Cross Country Skiing, Swimming, Bowling, Athletics and Rhythmic Gymnastics. She’s even tried other sports like Floor Hockey and Powerlifting at SOY Development Games in communities like Haines Junction and Carmacks.

Alanna was named SOY’s Most Improved Athlete of the Year after the 2015-16 season, but she’s not the type to let an award like that go to her head. On days when she isn’t backstroking down the length of the pool, you might find Alanna watching the Blue Jays play ball, enjoying a great meal on the patio at Polarity, or weaving scarves and hats on her loom at home. Her goal is to be able to donate sixty toques to the Whitehorse Food Bank in September, and we think that’s pretty cool!

We’re so proud of Alanna’s talents on and off of the field, and we’re thrilled that she has become such an important member of Special Olympics Yukon. Hats off to you, Alanna!




August 5, 2020




July 23, 2020

Special Olympics Yukon Athlete of the Month presented by Whitehorse Keystone Kops

July 2020 - Stefan Oettli

We are happy to introduce you to the Whitehorse Keystone Kop Society Athlete of the Month for July 2020…. Stefan Oettli!!

Stefan (his teammates call him Steffi) was born in Whitehorse shortly after his family emigrated from Basel, Switzerland. As of 2020, he’s been involved with SOY for over two decades! Stefan is one of our most well-rounded athletes, having participated in athletics, bowling, curling, soccer and swimming in his time at SOY. He’s accomplished a ton through his participation at various provincial and national games over the past years, including winning a silver medal in the 50 meter freestyle at the 2013 BC Summer Games in Langley and playing an important role on the soccer team that went to Antigonish, NS, for the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games.

When he’s not running down the soccer pitch or swimming laps in the pool, Stefan loves helping his parents out at Duffy’s, their family owned-and-operated pet and harness supply store in downtown Whitehorse. We’re thrilled that Stefan is taking part in our Bocce and Athletics programs this summer – hopefully it stops raining ‘cats and dogs’ in Whitehorse so he can continue to excel with Special Olympics Yukon!

 




June 23, 2020

Special Olympics Yukon Athlete of the Month presented by Whitehorse Keystone Kops

June 2020 - Kevin Spofford

Kevin Spofford – June 23

Even though he’s won medals at Special Olympics competitions on both of Canada’s coasts, Kevin Spofford is just as likely to chat with you about his love for sci-fi novels and getting his hands dirty in the garden as he is about his accomplishments in the swimming pool.

Kevin joined Special Olympics Yukon after moving to Whitehorse from Yellowknife in 2005 and swimming quickly became his main sport. He has participated in a number of BC Provincial Games and National Games and most recently earned two bronze medals from the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games that took place in Antigonish, NS.

In the last couple of years, Kevin has added soccer to his sport endeavours and found that he enjoys the camaraderie that comes with being part of a team.

When he’s not watering plants or doing price checks at his day job at Whitehorse Canadian Tire, you’ll probably find Kevin immersed in a Percy Jackson & the Olympians novel or watching the Air Force do battle with aliens in Stargate. We can’t wait to see where this well-rounded young man’s talents take him to next – first the Yukon, then the world… then the galaxy? The sky is the limit for Kevin.

Thanks to the Whitehorse Keystone Kops for supporting our athletes!




June 1, 2020


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Special Olympics Yukon (SOY) is pleased to announce that its office re-opened today and that a “return to play” is slated for Monday, June 15.


Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, SOY suspended all programs and events on March 13, followed by the announcement that the SOY office would close its doors on March 16.


SOY staff continued to work from their homes during which time they created and implemented a virtual programming initiative titled #BreakUpTheBoredom and as of today launched a virtual event called the “Be Active Yukon 30 day Challenge” which is a fun “step counting” activity that encourages all Yukoners to be physically active during these interesting times.


Given the recent ease of restrictions by the Yukon Government (Phase 1) and the guidance provided by Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health with regards to a “return to play”, the SOY Board of Directors approved plans to resume operations.


The plan to resume operations is designed to follow the present day Government of Yukon orders with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The goal is to slowly re-open as the priority is to keep the members of Special Olympics Yukon safe.


If you require more information on Special Olympics Yukon’s plans to resume operations or the Be Active Yukon 30 day Challenge, please contact the Special Olympics Yukon CEO, Serge Michaud, at 668-6511. 




May 25, 2020

Hello SOY family! Here is this week's #BreakUpTheBoredom calendar of events taking place on the Special Olympics Yukon's Social networking pages. You can join in the fun by looking up @specialolympicsyukon on Facebook and Instagram or find @SOYukon on Twitter. Be well, stay safe and keep washing your hands!




May 18, 2020

Hello Special Olympics Yukon! Here is this week's #BreakUpTheBoredom calendar of events taking place on the Special Olympics Yukon's Social networking pages. You can join in the fun by looking up @specialolympicsyukon on Facebook and Instagram or find @SOYukon on Twitter. Be well, stay safe and keep washing your hands!




May 15, 2020

Special Olympics Yukon Athlete of the Month presented by Whitehorse Keystone Kops

May 2020 - Gracie Ryckman

Even though she’s only 17 years old, Gracie Ryckman has the Special Olympics experience of someone twice her age. Gracie has been part of SOY for over a decade and has excelled in our school-based program and in community sports like swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, and bowling since she was a tyke.

Gracie is no stranger to competition either. She had a fantastic time at the 2019 Development Games in Teslin, and just a few months ago she competed in our inaugural Unified Bocce Championship with her teammates from FH Collins. Last December, she even took home the Most Improved Athlete of the Year award at the Sport Yukon Awards Night!

When she isn’t rolling strikes or ‘spocking’ the pallino (bocce terminology is great!), you’ll probably find Gracie in the middle of baking something delicious in the Save-On Foods bakery. On the weekends, she loves to keep her skills sharp by churning out chocolate chip muffins and sandwich bread at home with her mom.

Like yeast in a baguette, Gracie just keeps rising through the ranks at Special Olympics Yukon. We can’t wait to see what she does next!

Thanks to the Whitehorse Keystone Kops for supporting our athletes!




May 10, 2020

#BreakUpTheBoredom calendar of eventsfor this week is fresh of the press!. Check out the Special Olympics Yukon Social pages by looking up @specialolympicsyukon on Facebook and Instagram or find @SOYukon on Twitter. Be well, stay safe and strong and keep washing your hands!




May 3, 2020

Here is this week's SUPER FUN #BreakUpTheBoredom calendar of events. Check out the Special Olympics Yukon Social pages by looking up @specialolympicsyukon on Facebook and Instagram or find @SOYukon on Twitter. Be well, stay safe and strong and keep washing your hands!




April 27, 2020

Hey there Special O Yukon peeps! Here is this week's #BreakUpTheBoredom calendar of events taking place on the Special Olympics Yukon's Social networking pages. You can join in the fun by looking up @specialolympicsyukon on Facebook and Instagram or find @SOYukon on Twitter. Be well, stay safe and strong and keep washing your hands!




April 20, 2020

Hellllllllooooooo Everyone!!! Here is this week's #BreakUpTheBoredom calendar of events taking place on the Special Olympics Yukon's Social networking pages. You can join in the fun by looking up @specialolympicsyukon on Facebook and Instagram or find @SOYukon on Twitter. Be well, stay safe and keep washing your hands!

 




April 15, 2020

Special Olympics Yukon Athlete of the Month presented by Whitehorse Keystone Kops

April 2020 - Garry Chaplin

Garry has been a part of Special Olympics for almost 25 years… and counting! Garry has trained and competed in 8 different community based programs. His most notable accomplishments include 7 National Games appearances and was member of Special Olympics Team Canada that participated at the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Nagano, Japan. Garry won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in Nordic Skiing at these Games.

When he’s not participating in Special Olympics Yukon’s sport programs, you’ll probably find Garry at one of his many jobs – depending on the day, he’ll either be helping FH Collins Secondary School with their paper recycling, preparing your latte at Starbucks or supporting the team at H&R Block.

Garry’s a native Yukoner, so he knows how long our winters are, but he still can’t wait to get out on the links this spring and use his ‘grandfather clock’ technique to smack golf balls down the fairway. Until then, he’s keeping busy by watching HGTV and working on his latest round of arts n’ crafty greeting cards (someone in his family always seems to be having a wedding, birthday or anniversary…)

We’re proud to have Garry as part of Special Olympics Yukon. Please make sure to say hi if you see him around town – just don’t try to spell his name with only one ‘r’!

Thanks to the Whitehorse Keystone Kops for supporting our athletes!




April 13, 2020

Greetings Sports fans!!! Here is this week's #BreakUpTheBoredom calendar of events taking place on the Special Olympics Yukon's Social networking pages. You can join in the fun by looking up @specialolympicsyukon on Facebook and Instagram or find @SOYukon on Twitter. Be well, stay safe and keep washing your hands!

 




April 7, 2020

Click here to see this week's #BreakUpTheBoredom calendar of events taking place on the Special Olympics Yukon Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 




April 6, 2020

Please click here to see Special Olympics Yukon's latest update with regards to the Covid 19 pandemic.




March 16, 2020

***ADVISORY***

OFFICE CLOSURE NOTICE

During this morning's press briefing held by Yukon's Chief Medical Officer, it was suggested that anyone who has the ability to work from home are encouraged to do so.

That said, Special Olympics Yukon (SOY) has made the decision to close the SOY office until further notice.

All SOY staff members will be working from home and have access to their email accounts. Our goal is to continue "business as usual".

We are committed to the health and safety of all members of the SOY family. While there are still no confirmed cases of covid-19 in Yukon, we feel the above outlined action adds to the preventative measures our organization has already taken.

As a reminder, all SOY activities and events have been suspended until April 5.

You can always reach SOY staff via Facebook, Facebook messenger and via email info@specialolympicsyukon.

Thank you for your understanding.




March 13, 2020

***ADVISORY*** 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Due to concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and with the strong recommendation from Special Olympics Canada, the Special Olympics Yukon (SOY) Board of Directors has made the decision to suspend all SOY activity until April 5th, with re-evaluation of the situation at that time. 

This includes:  

  • All community based weekly sport programs  

  • All school-based programing 

  • All planned nutritional sessions  

This suspension of activity also includes the postponement of the 2020 Special Olympics Festival Dinner Auction. SOY will host this event at a later date. Those of you that have already purchased tickets for the original date of April 4th:  

  • You will be provided with tickets for the new event date; or 

  • You will be provided a full refund 

SOY is committed to the health and safety of all members of the Special Olympics Yukon family. While there are currently no cases of COVID-19 in the territory and the risk remains low at this time, we feel the above outlined actions are in the best interest of the community at large. 

If you require more information on this topic please contact the Special Olympics Yukon CEO, Serge Michaud, at 668-6511.  

 

 




January 28, 2020

3rd Annual MAGIC SHOW presented by Newmont Goldcorp

SHAWN FARQUHAR - WORLD CHAMPION OF MAGIC

Opening Act - Whitehorse's own Magic Ben

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

 

FOR TICKETS CLICK HERE

OR

DROP BY SPORT YUKON (4061 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon)

 

Sponsored in part by CKRW The Rush




December 28th take the Plunge for Special Olympics Yukon

Do an icy swan dive and get ready for the coolest party you can have while jumping into cold water!

On December 28th, Take the Plunge into icy waters in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in their quest to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Yukon. Every dollar you raise goes towards Special Olympics athletes across the territory.

The Polar Plunge challenges people to bravely jump into icy waters in the middle of winter. It’s a great way for everyone—individuals, organizations and businesses—to get involved in support of Special Olympics and show winter who’s boss! The minimum age to plunge is 19 years old. 

When: December 28, 2018 at 12pm (noon)
Where: The Yukon Convention Centre parking lot (4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse) 

Sign up today by clicking here


For more information contact us at 668-6511.




NOTICE:

Please be advised the Special Olympics Yukon Society AGM will take place on Saturday, November 2 from 11:45-1pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Coast High Country Inn.  This meeting is open to the public. If you would like to become a member of the society (which allows you to vote on any business set out in the agenda), you can purchase your membership onsite before the meeting begins. The membership fee is $10.

Please click here to view/download the Draft Audited financial statements for 2018-2019.

Please click here to view/download the 2018-2019 Annual Report

A Light lunch will be provided.




April 10, 2019

 

2nd Annual MAGIC SHOW presented by Goldcorp

FOR TICKETS:

-To purchase your tickets in person, stop by Sport Yukon at 4061 4th Avenue

-To purchase your tickets online, PLEASE CLICK HERE 

-To purchase your tickets over the phone, call 668-6511




April 1, 2019

2019 Special Olympics Festival Dinner Auction presented by Whitehorse Canadian Tire

This year's event takes place on Saturday, April 13 at the Yukon Convention Centre.

Tickets are $125 each or $760 for a table for 8 guests. You can get your tickets today by calling us at 867-668-6511 or by emailing events@specialolympicsyukon.ca




December 29th take the Plunge for Special Olympics Yukon

Do an icy swan dive and get ready for the coolest party you can have while jumping into cold water!

On December 29th, Take the Plunge into icy waters in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in their quest to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Yukon. Every dollar you raise goes towards Special Olympics athletes across the territory.

The Polar Plunge challenges people to bravely jump into icy waters in the middle of winter. It’s a great way for everyone—individuals, organizations and businesses—to get involved in support of Special Olympics and show winter who’s boss! The minimum age to plunge is 19 years old. 

When: December 29, 2018 at 12pm (noon) to 2pm
Where: The Yukon Convention Centre parking lot (4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse) 

Sign up today by clicking here.


For more information contact us at 668-6511.




October 22, 2018

Special Olympics Yukon Society Annual General Meeting

Saturday, October, 27, 2018

Sport Yukon Foyer

Noon-1pm

(Sandwiches will be served for lunch)

To have the ability to vote at the AGM, one must purchase a membership for the society ($10).

Please click here to download the Agenda for the 2017-18 Annual General Meeting

Please click here to download the Minutes from the 2016-17 Annual General Meeting

Please click here to download the draft Annual Report for 2017-18

Please click here to download the draft Audited Financial Statements for 2017-18




June 10, 2018

ATTENTION ALL GOLFERS!

Special Olympics Yukon is pleased to announce the 18th annual Golf Gala presented by Finning and Meadow Lakes Golf Club on SATURDAY, July 7 with a 10:30am shotgun start. All proceeds from this fundraising event go toward Special Olympics Yukon programs and initiatives.

Plenty of "on course" contests and food stations can be found throughout the beautiful and challenging Meadow Lakes golf club during the Golf Gala.

Start your Golf Gala experience with a delicious McMuffin breakfast thanks to the great folks at Whitehorese McDonalds!

Each team receives the use of a complimentary golf cart and a delicious Gourmet BBQ Hamburger lunch will follow the Golf Gala thanks to our friends at Mic Mac Motors. What a great way to conclude your day in support of Special Olympics Yukon.

As per Golf Gala tradition, each player goes home with a prize!

Teams of 4 can register starting today for $420 and single golfers can sign up for $125 each. Deadline to register is July 4 however the 16 teams spots available usually sell out WAY BEFORE the deadline.

Don't delay…sign up to play!!!

To download the registration form for this year's Golf Gala, please click here.




 

AbracaDAZZLE! Magic Show tickets click here:




 
 
March 21, 2018
Hello my name is Gaetan Michaud I'm the Yukon rep for the Canadian Athlete Leadership Council. I have been asked to get as many SOI Athlete Sports Satisfaction Surveys completed by Special Olympics Yukon athletes by the deadline of May 30th 2018. If you are an athlete with Special Olympics Yukon we want to hear from you. Click on the link below to take this very important survey:  

Link to Athlete Sports Satisfaction Survey

Thanks!

Gaets




March 14, 2018




March 9, 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy the 2018 Promotional Video for the Special Olympics Yukon Festival Dinner Auction presented by Whitehorse Canadian Tire!

To view the video, please click here.

This year's event takes place on Saturday, April 7 at the Yukon Convention Centre.

To get your tickets, please email events@specialolympicsyukon.ca or call 668-6511.

 




SPECIAL UPDATE - December 28, 2017

 

POLAR PLUNGE "PLUNGER" INFO 

Hello all you brave souls who are taking on the Chilly Challenge of the 2017 Yukon Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Yukon!

Below is all the info you need to make your PLUNGE experience a great one!

SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL PLUNGERS…Due to the fact it is going to be very cold on Saturday, please make sure you bring a blanket with you. As soon as you are out of the plunge bin, we will have a volunteer dedicated to you and will hand you your blanket.

First, we are so incredibly grateful that you are joining us for an Icy Dip to help the Yukon Law Enforcement Torch Run raise funds for Special Olympics Yukon athletes!

When: December 30, 2017, 11AM sign in, 11:45am PLUNGER meeting

Where: Yukon Convention Centre parking lot

To help make your Icy Dip a little more enjoyable, we put together a list of things that you just do not want to forget.

ALL “PLUNGERS” MUST RAISE A MINIMUM OF $100 IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE

What to bring with you:

  • All “offline” pledge forms and cash, duly counted and the total written on the front…we will have access to your online pledges at the registration desk
  • Your waiver duly signed (don’t worry, we will have some on hand)
  • Your superhero costume (optional)
  • 1 Bag for dry stuff, 1 bag for wet stuff
  • Footwear for use before and after the plunge. PLEASE BRING FOOTWEAR SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PLUNGE AS WELL.
  • Towel and anything else to dry off

Important:

  • All PLUNGERS must wear footwear. Plunging barefeet or in socks is prohibited. You can wear an old pair of shoes, boots, even aqua shoes are ok. This is a safety regulation so please abide!
  • All PLUNGERS must not wear any makeup/facepaint or anything else that may wash off in water. For the sake of consistency, this includes all waterproof bodypaint/makeup/facepaint. We do not want to take any chances.
  • PLEASE do not wear any jewelry or anything valuable. If it falls off in the bin, it cannot be retrieved
  • Please do not plunge with any accessories. For example, Someone dressed as Thor may want to bring a Hammer. We get it. It completes the costume. However, you will not be permitted to plunge with the hammer. Don’t worry, we will judge your superhero costume based on your pre-plunge costume
  • Please assure what you wear to plunge does NOT have any sharpness or sharp objects related to it. We want to keep our scuba team safe too!
  • Keep in mind this is a FAMILY event…we reserve the right to restrict what people are wearing for the plunge.
  • We are expecting the temperature to be around -30 C so prepare appropriately for pre and post plunge.

 

What to expect:

When you arrive please enter the YCC lobby and we’ll get you ready for your Plunge… first come first serve basis. If you want to be the first plunger get there early.  

You’ll be assigned a number and will be called in that order to take your plunge. You will be assisted in and out of the icy pool. You can have a quick warm up in the Hot Tub and back into the YCC to dry off and change into something a little warmer! Prizes will be presented after everyone has plunged.

Upon completion of your plunge, you will receive their official Polar Plunge Toque and perhaps some other goodies…

Prizes:

  • The individual who raises the most money (minimum $800) will receive a gift certificate for 1 return airfare with Air North (Ottawa excluded)
  • The individual who is judged to have the best Superhero costume will receive a prize fit for a superhuman!
  • The Team that raises the most money will be given a pizza party

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION…SEE YOU THIS SATURDAY!!!

NOT SIGNED UP TO PLUNGE YET? CLICK HERE TO REGISTER




NOTICE:

Please be advised the Special Olympics Yukon Society AGM will take place on Saturday, October 14th from 11:45-1pm at Sport Yukon Foyer.  This meeting is open to the public. If you would like to become a member of the society (which allows you to vote on any business set out in the agenda), you can purchase your membership onsite before the meeting begins. The membership fee is $10.

A Light lunch will be provided




August 14, 2017

GOLDCORP PRESENTS

 

THE HIP SHOW
Tragically Hip Tribute Band

TO PURCHASE TICKETS PLEASE CLICK HERE


Special Guest - Major Funk and the Employment

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Doors Open at 7PM
Show Starts at 8PM
Yukon Convention Centre, next to the Coast High Country Inn
 

Tickets $35 and can be purchased by clicking here


All ages welcome

Cash Bar only

Funds raised go to support 90+ Yukon athletes with an intellectual disability in the sports they love to play.

Our Sponsors:

 

ALX EXPLORATION SERVICES

CHECK YOUR GEAR DEFENSIVE TACTICS

CKRW THE RUSH

COAST HIGH COUNTRY INN

NGC BUILDERS

UNITECH SOUND AND LIGHTING

WHAT'S UP YUKON

 




SOLD OUT!!!

Thank you Whitehorse for helping us sell out the 2017 Special Olympics Golf Gala presented by Finning and Meadow Lakes Golf Resort!

We would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their support with this year's tournament:

Our Title Sponsors 

Finning

Meadow Lakes Golf Resort 

 

Cart and Dinner Sponsor

Mic Mac Toyota

 

Our Hole Sponsors

CKRW the Rush

Dave’s Trophy Express

Jill Pollack & Company

Whitehorse Home Hardware

NGC Builders

Check Your Gear

Whitehorse Beverages

High Calibre Contracting

What’s Up Yukon

 

Our Breakfast Sponsor

Whitehorse McDonald’s

 

Our Prize Donors/ Supporters/Food Stations

Earls Whitehorse – Better Bodies – Computec – Whitehorse Pizza Hut – Yukon Brewing Company – Gold Originals by Charlotte – Alpine Health Supplies – North End Gallery – Northern Lights Optometry – Sport Yukon – Urban Realty Group – Mic Mac Toyota – Lebel & McGrath – PMA Canada - Cinderwood Kitchens – Whitehorse Beverages – Finning – Integra Tire Whitehorse – Meadow Lakes Golf Resort

 

A big THANK YOU to our VOLUNTEERS and STAFF (as of August 2)

Volunteers

Dan Austin - Amica Sturdy - Jodi Binns - Garry Chaplin - Deb Sumner - Janice Moor - Trevor Beemish - Carrie Rudolph - Teresa Roberts - Taylor Pooyatak-Amundson - Richard Johnson - Alanna Dene - Vanessa Austin - Natalie Austin - Hillery Blower - Laura Vanderkley - Amy Vanderkley - Gord Gibbs

Special Olympics Yukon Staff

Serge Michaud - Sylvia Anderson - Joelle St-Gelais des Chatelets

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR'S TOURNAMENT, TAKING PLACE ON SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018




July 17, 2017

GOLF GALA PRESENTED BY FINNING AND MEADOW LAKES GOLF RESORT FOR THE BENEFIT OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS YUKON

ATTENTION ALL GOLFERS!

Special Olympics Yukon is pleased to announce the 17th annual Golf Gala presented by Finning and Meadow Lakes Golf Resort on SATURDAY, August 5 with a 10:30am shotgun start. All proceeds from this fundraising event go toward Special Olympics Yukon programs and initiatives.

Plenty of "on course" contests and food stations can be found throughout the beautiful and challenging Meadow Lakes golf course during the Golf Gala.

1 complimentary golf cart will be allocated to each team and a delicious Gourmet BBQ Hamburger lunch will follow the Golf Gala thanks to our friends at Mic Mac Motors!

As per Golf Gala tradition, each player goes home with a prize!

Teams of 4 can register starting today for $400 and single golfers can sign up for $120 each. Deadline to register is August 1 however the 16 teams spots available usually sell out WAY BEFORE the deadline.

Registration form for this year's Golf Gala can be downloaded by clicking here.

Don't delay…sign up to play!!!




Law Enforcement Torch Run announces 2nd Annual

“Battle of the Badges”

Please donate by clicking here 

WHITEHORSE, June 9, 2017

 

The Yukon Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) powered by Whitehorse Home Hardware will be participating in the 2nd annual "Battle of the Badges" on June 17th, 2017.

The "battle" has grown from 2 teams last year to 5 supporting teams of cyclists totaling 40 riders. The teams are made of cyclists from Yukon RCMP, the Whitehorse Correctional Centre and Yukon EMS to help raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Yukon.

Teams “Steele's Wheels, “Hot Pursuit”, and the BADGEr’s” are all coming together from the RCMP, the “Cyclomaniacs” are showing support from the Whitehorse Correctional Centre and “WE TACKY?” from Yukon EMS.

The teams are collecting pledges as they take on the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay to raise funds in support of over 90 Yukon athletes with an intellectual disability. The bike race starts in Haines Junction, Yukon and finishes in Haines, Alaska.

Anyone who wishes to support the “Battle of the Badges” can do so by making an online contribution. Please visit www.specialolympicsyukon.ca today to make a pledge.

All proceeds from this initiative supports Law Enforcement’s efforts of Special Olympics Yukon.

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For more information please contact:

 

Sylvia Anderson

Special Olympics Yukon

867-668-6511

sanderson@specialolympicsyukon.ca

 

March 9, 2017

SPRING is just around the corner…and so is the 2017 Special Olympics Festival Dinner Auction presented by Whitehorse Canadian Tire!

This year's event takes place on Saturday, April 8 at the Yukon Convention Centre.

Please click here to see this year's video invitation for the event. 

Click here to see more information on this year's event on our webpage

Tickets are $110 each or $720 for a table for 8 guests. You can get your tickets today by calling us at 867-668-6511 or by emailing us by clicking here.




February 23, 2017

Special Olympics Yukon is hiring!

We are looking for an energetic and motivated person to fill the job of Program Coordinator.

Accountable to the Program Director, the Program Coordinator assists with the administration and implementation of Special Olympics Yukon's sport programs and initiatives.

For more information on this job posting, click on the link below, or pick up the job description at Sport Yukon.

/perch/resources/pc-job-description-february-23-2017.doc




September 26, 2016

Special Olympics Yukon Annual General Meeting - ALL MATERIALS READY FOR DOWNLOAD 

Please be advised the Special Olympics Yukon Society AGM will take place on Saturday, October 1st from NOON-1pm at The Foyer of Sport Yukon. This meeting is open to the public. If you would like to become a member of the society (which allows you to vote on any business set out in the agenda), you can purchase your membership onsite before the meeting begins. The membership fee is $10.

Materials for this meeting can be found below.

/perch/resources/agm-agenda-2016.doc   - Agenda for the 2016 SOY Annual General Meeting

/perch/resources/agmmins14-15-final.doc   - SOY Annual General Meeting minutes from Sept. 2015

/perch/resources/annual-report-2015-2016.pdf   - 2015-16 SOY Annual Report

/perch/resources/00186-2016-fs-draft-sept-23-soy.pdf   - DRAFT Audited Financials soy 2015-16




June 3, 2016

GOLF GALA PRESENTED BY FINNING AND MEADOW LAKES GOLF RESORT FOR THE BENEFIT OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS YUKON

ATTENTION ALL GOLFERS!

Special Olympics Yukon is pleased to announce the 16th annual Golf Gala presented by Finning and Meadow Lakes Golf Resort on SATURDAY, July 9 with a 10am shotgun start. All proceeds from this fundraising event go toward Special Olympics Yukon programs and initiatives.

Plenty of "on course" contests and food stations can be found throughout the beautiful and challenging Meadow Lakes golf course during the Golf Gala.

1 complimentary golf cart will be allocated to each team and a delicious Gourmet BBQ Hamburger lunch will follow the Golf Gala thanks to our friends at Mic Mac Motors!

As per Golf Gala tradition, each player goes home with a prize!

Teams of 4 can register starting today for $380 and single golfers can sign up for $100 each. Deadline to register is July 6 however the 16 teams spots available usually sell out WAY BEFORE the deadline.

Registration form for this year's Golf Gala can be downloaded by clicking here.

Don't delay…sign up to play!!!

 




 

May 27, 2016

Yukon's Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) powered by Whitehorse Home Hardware will be hosting a CAR WASH  at the Whitehorse Superstore parking lot on Saturday, May 28 from 10am-3pm. Get your car washed by Yukon Law Enforcement's finest and while you're at it grab a frozen treat, it all goes to support LETR's efforts in helping Special Olympics Yukon athletes chase their sport goals! 

See you there!

 




May 3, 2016

Special Olympics Yukon Announces Athletes Selected to Team Canada 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
Team Canada will compete in Austria March 14 – 25, 2017

Whitehorse, Yukon, May 3, 2016 – Special Olympics Yukon is pleased to officially announce 3 Yukon athletes selected to Team Canada for the upcoming 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, taking place in Austria from March 14 to 25, 2017.

Ernest Chua (Cross Country Skiing), Tijana McCarthy (Figure Skating) and Michael Sumner (Figure Skating) have been chosen to participate with Team Canada.

“Special Olympics Yukon is excited to send 3 athletes as part of Special Olympics Team Canada, the largest representation ever from Yukon on our Canadian Team!” says Thomas Gibbs, President for Special Olympics Yukon. “They have shown dedication and commitment to reach their sport goals”.

Yukon Athletes selected to Team Canada will start on their journey to Austria in the next couple of weeks as their first official training camp for the Games takes place in Ontario. Over the next 10 months, Special Olympics Team Canada athletes will be hard at work, training for the experience of a lifetime.

Special Olympics Team Canada will consist of 110 athletes, 35 mission staff and coaches, 2 team managers and 1 Chef de Mission, and will be competing in 6 different sports in Austria. Team Canada athletes were selected based on their performance at the recent Special Olympics Canada 2016 Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. Over 650 Special Olympics athletes from across Canada competed at those Games, vying for a spot on Special Olympics Team Canada.

Congratulations to our Yukoners representing Canada in 2017!

Special Olympics Yukon is dedicated to enriching the lives of Yukoners with an intellectual disability through sport.

For more information on Special Olympics Yukon, visit www.specialolympicsyukon.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 




April 29, 2016 

WATCH FOR IT

Yukon's Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) powered by Whitehorse Home Hardware will be hosting a BBQ & CAR WASH  at the Whitehorse Superstore parking lot on Saturday, May 28 from 10am-3pm. Get your car washed by Yukon Law Enforcement's finest and while you're at it grab a bite, it all goes to support LETR's efforts in helping Special Olympics Yukon athletes chase their sport goals! 

There will be games & prizes and a special FUZZY guest appearance!   


 

On June 18, Yukon Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) powered by Whitehorse Home Hardware will be participating in the first ever "Battle of the Badges".

The "battle" consists of a team of RCMP cyclists (Steele's Wheels) and a team of Whitehorse Correctional Centre cyclists (Swift Justice) collecting pledges as they take on the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay (kcibr.org), a bike race that starts in Haines Junction, Yukon and finishes in Haines, Alaska. The total distance each team will cover is 238km!

Each cyclist has until June 1 to raise funds.

All proceeds from all LETR fundraising (including this initiative) supports Special Olympics Yukon.

Please support Law Enforcement supporting us!!!

You can support your favorite cyclist by clicking on the link below:

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/search.aspx…


Also, for all of our non-"Battle of the Badges" friends taking on the Kluane Chilkat International Bike relay, we found out there are still rooms available at the brand new Haines Aspen Suites Hotel. Make sure you give them a call to book your room today at 907-766-2211.

See you at the race!




April 29, 2016 

2016 Special Olympics Festival Dinner Auction presented by Whitehorse Canadian Tire

A big THANK YOU to the sponsors, auction item donors and guests of this year's SOLD OUT festival that took place on April 9 at the Yukon Convention Centre.

Sandy Coleman and co-MCs, Special Olympics Yukon Athlete Ambassadors Aimee Lien and Chris Lee did a wonderful job hosting the event.  The evening was filled with some great local entertainment including Madi Dixon, Celtic Tide, MC Dash and Dancesonic.

Our guest speakers inlcuded Olympic Champion Jamie Sale and Special Olympics World Games Champion Darby McIntyre. Both were incredible and truly inspiring! 

Over 100 items (provided by local businesses/supporters) were up for grabs in the live and silent auction as well as the bucket raffle, which raised over $53,000 (net) for Special Olympics Yukon.  

All the proceeds from this event go to support over 90 Yukon Athletes with an intellectual disability. 

We couldn’t do it without the support of our community, so again Thank you!




March 15, 2016

SPRING is just around the corner…and so is the 2016 Special Olympics Festival Dinner Auction presented by Whitehorse Canadian Tire!

This year's event takes place on Saturday, April 9 at the Yukon Convention Centre.

Please click here to listen to the AUDIO INVITATION for this year's event!

CLICK HERE FOR more information on this amazing night!

Tickets are $100 each or $700 for a table for 8 guests. You can get your tickets today by calling us at 867-668-6511 or by emailing fundraising@specialolympicsyukon.ca




February 27, 2016

Special Olympics Team Yukon 2016 departs for Corner Brook, NL tomorrow!

Team Yukon 2016 updates will be posted on Facebook (Special Olympics Yukon) and Twitter (@SpecialOYukon) beginning on Tuesday, March 1. 

 

Team Yukon 2016:

Figure Skating 2 athletes:

Mike Sumner

Tijana McCarthy

Michelle Semaschuk - Head Coach

Cross Country Skiing 3 athletes:

Owen Munroe

Darby McIntyre

Ernest Chua

Helen Slama - Head Coach

Mission Staff - Jerome McIntyre

Chef de Mission – Brettanie Deal-Porter

 

Here is Team Yukon's schedule as of February 27:

ALL TIMES PST

Tuesday, March 1

2:30pm - 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremonies

 

Wednesday,March 2

9am - Cross Country Skiing, 5km classic technique final - OWEN MUNROE and DARBY MCINTYRE

11:30am - Cross Country Skiing, 500m classic technique preliminary - ERNEST CHUA

3pm - Cross Country Skiing, 500m classic technique final - ERNEST CHUA

 

Thursday, March 3

9am - Cross Country Skiing, 7.5km classic technique final - OWEN MUNROE and DARBY MCINTYRE

11:00am - Cross Country Skiing, 1km classic technique preliminary - ERNEST CHUA

 

Friday, March 4

11:05am - Figure Skating, Women's Level 1 competition and Men's Level 2 competition - TIJANA MCCARTHY and MIKE SUMNER

11:30am - Cross Country Skiing, 1km classic technique final - ERNEST CHUA

 

Saturday, March 5

9:30am - Cross Country Skiing, 3 x 1km Classic Technique relay - ERNEST CHUA, DARBY MCINTYRE and OWEN MUNROE

7pm - 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Closing Ceremonies

 

Sunday, March 6

Special Olympics Team Yukon 16 arrives into Whitehorse on Air Canada flight 291 arriving at 8:30pm. Please join us (in purple!!!) at the airport to greet them upon their arrival. 

 

GO TEAM YUKON GO

 




WHITEHORSE, January 7, 2016

 Team Yukon 2016 Announced

 5 Yukoners will represent the Territory at the

2016 Special Olympics Winter Games

5 Special Olympics Yukon (SOY) athletes have been chosen to be a part of the Team Yukon 2016 and will compete at 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, NL being held Feb 29 to March 5, 2016.

The team qualified by competing at the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games held this past winter in Kamloops, BC. Accompanying the team will be a team of coaches and mission staff.

SOY officially announced the Team members at a press conference held on Monday, December 21 at Sport Yukon.

Skating 2 athletes:

Mike Sumner

Tijana McCarthy

Michelle Semaschuk - Head Coach

Cross Country Skiing 3 athletes:

Owen Munroe

Darby McIntyre

Ernest Chua

Helen Slama - Head Coach

Mission Staff - Jerome McIntyre

Chef de Mission – Brettanie Deal-Porter

Local media coverage: http://www.yukon-news.com/news/yukon-special-olympians-tapped-for-national-games/

http://www.whitehorsestar.com/Sports/five-special-olympians-headed-to-the-rock-in-2016

 




October 15, 2015

 




October 8, 2015

The Yellowcard Campaign was created in 2014 to raise awareness on the eradication of the use of hurtful words such as the R word.

Special Olympics Yukon is proud to partner with the Yukon Law Enforcement Torch Run and its sponsor Whitehorse Home Hardware on this important campaign. #NOGOODWAY, motionball.com/yellowcard

Photo from left to right: RCMP Chief Superintendent, Peter Clark;Special Olympics Yukon Executive Director, Serge Michaud; Special Olympics Yukon Athlete, Marvin Hall; Special Olympics Yukon Board Member and Manager of Home Hardware Amica Sturdy.




September 22, 2015

 

Special Olympics Yukon Annual General Meeting - ALL MATERIALS READY FOR DOWNLOAD 

Please be advised the Special Olympics Yukon Society AGM will take place on Saturday, September 26th from NOON-1pm at Elijah Smith Elementary School. This meeting is open to the public. If you would like to become a member of the society (which allows you to vote on any business set out in the agenda), you can purchase your membership onsite before the meeting begins. The membership fee is $10.

In preparation for the meeting, we have posted the SOYS Audited Financials here.

You can download the Special Olympics Yukon 2014-15 Annual Report here

The Agenda for the Annual General Meeting can be found here

The minutes for the 2013-14 Annual General Meeting can be found here

 

 




September 21, 2015

 

Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign for Special Olympics Yukon

 

 

WHITEHORSE, September 22, 2015

 

For the fifth year in a row, Special Olympics Yukon is pleased to be the Charity of choice for the Whitehorse Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign. This program allows charities to generate contributions through smile cookie purchases, 100% of the proceeds from every cookie sold at the Whitehorse Tim Hortons stores are donated to Special Olympics Yukon. This year the Special Olympic athletes that helped put smiles on cookies were, Marvin Hall, Jessica Pruden, Albert Bill, Trevor Beemish, and Alanna Dene. The Smile Cookie Campaign generated $6,343.00 and over the past 5 years the Smile Cookie Campaign has raised over $30,000.00 for Special Olympics Yukon.

Special Olympics Yukon is dedicated to enriching the lives of Yukoners with an intellectual disability through sport. Over 90 Yukon athletes train and compete in 4 distinctive age appropriate program streams.

"Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics works towards the prevention of physical inactivity, injustice and intolerance. As a result people with intellectual disabilities become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all."




September 15, 2015

 

Special Olympics Yukon Annual General Meeting

Please be advised the Special Olympics Yukon Society AGM will take place on Saturday, September 26th from NOON-1pm at Elijah Smith Elementary School. This meeting is open to the public. If you would like to become a member of the society (which allows you to vote on any business set out in the agenda), you can purchase your membership onsite before the meeting begins. The membership fee is $10.

In preparation for the meeting, we have posted the SOYS Audited Financials here.

We will have this year's agenda, last year's meeting minutes as well as the annual report posted on this website no later than Monday, September 21.

 

 

 




September 11, 2015

Tim Horton's Smile Cookies are coming to Whitehorse September 14-20, 2015 all proceeds from the Smile Cookie Campaign go to support Special Olympics Yukon.

Thank you Tim Horton's! 

For a little fun check out the Smile Cookie Selfie Gallery!

http://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/social/smile-cookies.php




September 4

Special Olympics Yukon is Hiring!

Special Olympics Yukon is currently accepting applications for a Program Coordinator to join our office team. This is a part-time term position to March 31, 2016 with the possibility of extension to March 31, 2018.

For more information on how to submit your application for the Program Coordinator Position, please check out our Yuwin.ca job posting by clicking here.

Job Descriptions are available for pickup at Sport Yukon (4061, 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon).

No Phone Calls Please!

  




September 3, 2015

 

SMILE COOKIE Campaign

September 14-20, 2015

DO IT WITH A SMILE!

For the fourth year in a row, Special Olympics Yukon is pleased to be the Charity of Choice for the Whitehorse Tim Horton's Smile Cookie Campaign.

Due to popular demand, we have a number of Special Olympics athletes who have agreed to become guest "cookie makers".

Everyone loves a smile so come on in and pick up a smile cookie for your staff, your family and your friends. Every dollar you spend goes directly to Special Olympics Yukon.

Smile Cookies are a chocolate chip cookie with a special smile created just for you.  They will be available at Tim Horton’s the week of Sept 14-20, 2015.

Hurry in and share a special smile cookie today!




August 31, 2015

Important registration information for ATHLETES and SPORT VOLUNTEERS

The information below is for returning athletes and sport volunteers. If this is your first time registering as an athlete or a sport volunteer, please call 668-6511 or email bdealporter@specialolympicsyukon.ca

Athlete Registration deadline is September 11!

If you plan on returning for another fun-filled sport year, please make sure you get your forms in as soon as possible, no later than Friday, September 11.

Sport Volunteers…

If you plan on returning for another year helping our athletes reach their sport goals, please make sure you contact Brettanie ASAP by calling 668-6511 or email bdealporter@specialolympicsyukon.ca. The sooner we know you are coming back, the better as we are trying to determine the number of sport volunteers needed for each program.

 

 

 

July 31, 2015

Just in - Our very own Darby McIntyre won the Gold medal in the 5000 m in 18:36 this morning at the Special Olympics World Games in LA ! 

July 27, 2015

Darby McIntyre is in full World Games mode! After a wonderful opening ceremonies that took place on Saturday evening, Darby is slated to run his first divisioning race (1500m) this morning at 9:40am.

Darby's other races are as follows:

Tomorrow, July 28, 9:35am - 5000m divisioning race
The morning of Friday, July 31 (time tbc) - 5000m final
The morning of Saturday, August 1 (time tbc) - 1500m final

Here are a few ways to follow Darby's World Games experience:

www.teamcanada.specialolympics.ca  at the top right hand side of the website, click on "Team Canada"

www.la2015.org


Every evening, ESPN and TSN host a 30 minute daily recap of the World Games. Check your local listings to find out the time it will be played in your home.

Finally, Tom Gibbs and Serge Michaud of Special Olympics Yukon will be in LA for Darby's finals and will provide live updates for his races.

For any other information regarding Darby's World Games Participation, please contact the Special Olympics Yukon office and we will provide all the information we have.

Los Angeles 2015 Special Olympics World Games Home Page

In the summer of 2015, Los Angeles will become the global stage for 7,000 athletes from 177 countries to compete in 27 sports. In a city of movie stars and all-stars, you can help make Special Olympics athletes..




March 2, 2015

SPRING is just around the corner…and so is the 2015 Special Olympics Festival Dinner Auction presented by Whitehorse Canadian Tire!

Please click here to view the VIDEO INVITATION for this year's event!

CLICK HERE FOR more information on this amazing night!

Tickets are $100 each or $700 for a table for 8 guests. You can get your tickets today by calling us at 867-668-6511 or by emailing fundraising@specialolympicsyukon.ca




January 26, 2015

THANK YOU for stopping by to have a look at our new and improved website. Thanks to the efforts of Frostbyte Software Design, we are so excited to show you our new online look!

Please be patient as we still have some pages that are under construction.




In the next couple of weeks, we will post information on Team Yukon 2015 that is traveling to Kamloops for the 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games as well as a big announcement regarding the Special Olympics Festival Dinner Auction that is taking place on Saturday, April 11.