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COVID-19 Update - Summer registration

posted 26 Mar 2020, 19:35 by Admin Chair

March 26, 2020

Re: COVID-19 Update - Summer registration
To: Athletes, Volunteers, and all members of the SOO Greater Ottawa Community
From: SOO Greater Ottawa Community Council

Dear Athletes, Volunteers, and SOO Greater Ottawa Community Members

Thank you for your patience over the last 10 days as we have continued to work closely with Special Olympics Ontario to review the best path forward for Summer Program Registration. We understand the current situation is impacting each of you in different ways, and not knowing only adds to stress and anxiety. 

On March 24th, Special Olympics Ontario extended the suspension of all programming, competitions, fundraising, and related activities until April 30th. In addition, they also announced the postponement of the 2020 Provincial Spring Games and the 2020 Provincial School Championships. 

In light of these decisions, SOO Greater Ottawa council has decided to postpone summer registration. Please note this decision was not taken lightly and we understand how excited we all are to get back to the programming that means so much to all of us. As soon as start dates for summer programming are confirmed, we'll kick start the registration process, and upload the summer 2020 registration form and details to our website and social media.

Hang in there and let us know if we can support you in any way. Stay safe and stay healthy. We're in this together. 

Special Olympics Ontario - Communication Advisory COVID-19

posted 25 Mar 2020, 06:44 by Admin Chair

March 24, 2020

Communication Advisory - COVID-19

Attention:   Special Olympics Ontario Communities, Clubs, Volunteers, Athletes, Partners, Associates and Families

In consultation with local and provincial health authorities and Special Olympics programs across Canada, please be advised that Special Olympics Ontario is continuing its directive that all local sport programs, competitions, fundraisers and related activities continue to be suspended until April 30, 2020.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the status of the pandemic on a month-to-month basis and advise you on or before April 30th regarding the future status of our programs.

Special Olympics Ontario staff are hard at work on a number of initiatives focused on keeping athletes, volunteers and partners active, connected, informed and positive through this very difficult time.

For more information and updates, please visit the Special Olympics Ontario website at:

Should you have any questions or would like to speak with a staff person please email or call 1-888-333-5515 ext. 311 to leave a voice message  and we will follow up with you.

Stay Safe Everyone!

Thanks for your understanding,

Glenn MacDonell
President & CEO

Updated Statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

posted 14 Mar 2020, 07:25 by Admin Chair

March 14, 2020

Re: Updated Statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
To: Athletes, Volunteers, and all members of the SOO Greater Ottawa Community
From: SOO Greater Ottawa Community Council

Dear Athletes, Volunteers, and SOO Greater Ottawa Community Members

By now many of you have seen the March 13th statement from Glenn MacDonell, President & CEO of Special Olympics Ontario regarding the decision to suspend programming until March 31, 2020.

We understand that for many of our athletes, volunteers, and their families, this situation will create an understandable amount of uncertainty and you will have questions about how SOO Greater Ottawa is managing this news and programming in our community. In light of this, the SOO Greater Ottawa Council is taking the following steps:

1. Effective immediately, we are announcing the end of the Winter/Spring Program season. Though some sports may have had additional practices scheduled into April, these will not take place.This cancellation includes any planned social events as well, such as end of season parties/gatherings. 

2. All Special Olympics travel, tournaments and events through March 31st are suspended regardless of size. Reimbursements will be arranged for athletes who have paid registration fees for impacted events. We will release a communication for reimbursements at a later date, please do not contact the Treasurer at this time. For tournaments scheduled to take place after March 31st, council and Head Coaches will remain in contact with tournament organizers and notify affected athletes of any changes. 

3. We will not be issuing refunds for the regular sport season as more than 75% of the season has now passed for all programs.

4. We will be conducting summer registration by mail-in or drop off only. We will add a section to the form to enter credit card information, and council will manually process those payments if/when the time comes to start summer sports. Those wanting to pay with cash or unable to mail-in, will have options available for dropping off their forms at a specific location/locations. Cheques and credit card payments will not be processed/cash will not be deposited until we confirm the start date of summer programming. A separate communication regarding the summer registration process will follow in the coming days. Please hold any questions about registration until that time.

5. We will maintain our existing facility bookings for our summer sport programs in the event that SOO determines a return to regular sport programming is safe and subject to the availability of relevant facilities (such as schools).

6. While we are optimistic, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Athlete's Banquet to a date to be determined until we can be sure the health and well-being of our athletes can be sufficiently guaranteed.

We understand that the suspension of our programs is upsetting for many, as we all appreciate the value and joy of participating in community sport. We will continue to share regular updates with the community as the situation evolves. In the interim, please continue to follow the guidance of the relevant public health authorities. You can continue to find key information on both the Special Olympics Ontario and SOO Greater Ottawa websites.

Best Regards,

Kyle, Lindsay, & the Special Olympics Ontario Greater Ottawa Community Council    

SOO Greater Ottawa Statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

posted 12 Mar 2020, 09:12 by Admin Chair

March 12, 2020

Re: Statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
To: Athletes, Volunteers and all members of the SOO Greater Ottawa Community
From: SOO Greater Ottawa Community Council

Dear Athletes, Volunteers, and SOO Greater Ottawa Community Members

As many of you may be aware, yesterday marked the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus in Ottawa, and today a second case was confirmed. Additionally, the World Health Organization has upgraded its alert on COVID-19 from a "public health emergency of international concern" to a "pandemic."

We understand that for many of our athletes, volunteers, and their families, this situation is cause for concern. First, we want to begin by assuring you that the SOO Greater Ottawa Council takes this matter very seriously, and we are in close contact with Special Olympics Ontario regarding the situation as it develops.

We ask that you refer to the statement released on March 10th from Glenn MacDonell, CEO of Special Olympics Ontario: Special Olympics Ontario COVID-19 Monitoring and Update

At this time, Ottawa Public Health and Public Health Canada have not changed their advisories on the management of gatherings and public events. We currently have no plans to cancel our regular sport programming or upcoming events such as Indulge, Registration Day, the Athletes' Banquet or any upcoming tournaments. Should the advice from Ottawa Public Health change, we will communicate with Special Olympics Ontario and determine the best path forward for activities in our community and any decisions will be quickly communicated to the community via email, our website and social media.

In the interim, should you have any personal concerns around participation in programming or other Special Olympics events, or feel that you can no longer participate either as an athlete or volunteer, please feel free to reach out to your Head Coach and they will ensure any concerns are passed along. Please follow the guidance set out in the advisory from Special Olympics Ontario.

Additionally, SOO Greater Ottawa has also set up a Health Resources page on our website, please take a moment to review the page and its content as it provides helpful links and resources. Link to the site here or from our navigation bar. 

Best Regards,

Kyle, Lindsay, & the Special Olympics Ontario Greater Ottawa Community Council

COVID-19 Advisory from Special Olympics Ontario

posted 10 Mar 2020, 17:26 by Admin Chair   [ updated 10 Mar 2020, 17:27 ]

SOO - Greater Ottawa community: 

We received the attached memorandum from Special Olympics Ontario CEO & Executive Director Glenn MacDonell with information and recommended strategies to utilize at this time re COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation and Special Olympics Ontario will update communities as necessary. I will ensure coaches and team managers receive all updates sent my way in a timely fashion. 

As per the memo:
  • SOO does not have plans to cancel any of its programs, fundraising events, major games or special events at this time
  • at the community level, cancellation is dependant on how the specific community is handling the situation - I don't believe there have been any cancellations in Ottawa by city - if community is carrying on as usual, then local SO programs should do the same 
    • at this time, there are no confirmed or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa 
  • SOO encourages everyone to take simple actions to reduce exposure 
    • wash hands often
    • sneeze and cough into sleeve
    • avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth
    • avoid contact with people who are sick 
    • stay at home if you are sick - if an athlete/volunteer is sick they should not attend practice/tournament
If an athlete/volunteer has traveled to a high risk country ideally they would not attend practices/tournaments for 2 weeks upon return. High risk countries (at this time) include: 
  • China 
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
Please review attachment and let me know if you have any questions. 

- Lindsay McPhee, Programs Chair ( 

Announcement: Summer Registration Date

posted 8 Mar 2020, 18:12 by Admin Chair

Summer registration poster

Eastern District Training Squad - 2020 Provincial Spring Games

posted 14 Nov 2019, 07:32 by Webmaster Ottawa

Please find attached the first round of announcements for the Eastern District Training Squad for the 2020 Provincial Spring Games. There are still a number of athletes that will be added to this list as documents are submitted/completed, and updates will continue to come out in the coming months.

Congratulations to all of the athletes who have been named to the team so far!

Annual Members Meeting: Location Announcement

posted 18 Oct 2019, 12:41 by Admin Chair   [ updated 18 Oct 2019, 13:15 ]

The location for this year's AMM is Confirmed and it's a great one!

This year we'll be hosting our AMM at the Canada Science and Technology Museum!

And we have an added bonus: FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION for our members during the day of the event! Please not the Museum will close at 5 PM and attendees will be allowed to return for access to the event hall at 6:45 PM. 

Access the Museum Website Here:

Location: Canada Science and Technology Museum
Address: 1867 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON K1G 5A3
Time: Auditorium Doors Open 6:45 PM

Transportation: Parking is available after 5pm for a flat fee of $4.00

The museum is accessible from various bus routes, use the OC Transpo Planner here:

Water will be provided at the event, but no food or drink. Food or drink is not permitted in the Auditorium for the event.

Looking forward to seeing you all out there!

Athlete Leadership Program Workshop - October 5th

posted 27 Sep 2019, 18:45 by Admin Chair

Annual Members Meeting 2019

posted 12 Sep 2019, 19:39 by Admin Chair

We are inviting all volunteers, athletes, community members to join the Special Olympics Ontario - Greater Ottawa's Council for our Annual Member's Meeting on October 23rd, 2019!

We will be providing a general overview of SOO Greater Ottawa's strategic and financial position, along with a question and answer period with our Council Members.

We'll be talking about some great news including exciting announcements on Coach Training and Development, Volunteer Recognition, Competitive Opportunities for Athletes, and more!

We will also be hosting a discussion on this year's changes to our registration policy and asking for community feedback on the following areas:

- Single Sport Athlete Exemptions

- Ranked Sport Preferences

- Support Workers as Volunteers

- Program Capacity and Development

We currently have five positions that are up for election on our council team. If you believe you have the skills and the interest to run for these positions, please send an e-mail to Kyle Dowd before October 23rd, 2019 (see contact information below).Positions up for election this year are as follows:

1. Programs Chair/Community Coordinator - Currently Running Lindsay McPhee

2. Treasurer - Currently Running Nigel Van Dalen

3. Volunteer Lead - Vacant

4. Facilities and Transportation Lead - Currently Running Adam Chmiel

5. School Programs Liaison - Currently Running Dwight Rudisuela 

Nominations can be made any time up to and including on the floor at the Annual Member's Meeting (AMM) on October 23rd, 2019 by submitting them to Kyle Dowd (

Friends and family are welcome! We look forward to seeing you there!

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