(21 years and younger)
- Jordan MacLeod, SOA-Calgary athlete
Health Messengers continue to motivate athletes across the province through their projects like Damion Chiodo who is keeping us up to date on how to stay healthy through his podcast Accessible Athletics.
Coaches enrolled in virtual
SO NCCP training
- Todd Mitchell, SOA-Edmonton coach
Volunteers are the main driver for the Special Olympics movement. Over the past year they have made tremendous efforts to connect with our athletes virtually, coach them online, provide virtual training sessions, and spend a tremendous amount of hours doing whatever it takes to better the lives of our athletes.
We want to recognize milestones for our incredible volunteers: See our 2022 Volunteer Milestones
This year we changed the playbook on our traditional awards and recognized 11 winners for 6 categories: Empowerment, Excellence, Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion, along with our Unified School Award.
The Excel Awards took place virtually on November 18, 2021 with special guest host Justin Renfrow of the Edmonton Elks. Over 500 participants tuned in to cheer on all the winners, hear from Special Olympics Alberta athlete ambassadors, listen to some amazing guest presenters and check out the halftime show featuring musical guests All in Vain.
more people followed us on social media to learn about the movement.
(Increase from 2021)
Our website was visited more than
Nearly 5,000 users utilized the resources on our PEAK Program website
Video Views (2,904 more than 2021)
Impressions (51,225 more than 2021)
|Government of Canada||368,994||27%|
|Government of Alberta||123,275||9%|
|Law Enforcement Torch Run||70,054||5%|
|Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commision||194,243||14%|
|Sport and Programs||259,064||20%|
|Unified Sport School Programs||103,381||8%|
|Fund Development – Affiliate Sharing||60,691||5%|
|Law Enforcement Torch Run||63,485||5%|
|Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission||2,371||0.2%|
The PEAK (Provincial Exercise and Activity Knockout) Program is a virtual program that ran three times over the past year in eight week intervals. Each week, athletes were challenged to hit their selected fitness goals, attend three virtual sessions for your body, your mind, and your health, complete their BINGO card, participate in bonus events, and a variety of fun activities.
The program also ran in a non-digital format called the PEAK Paper Program for athletes without access to the internet.
– Laura Lapeare, SOA Calgary athlete
Trips completed to the PEAK
Total posts in the PEAK FB Group
Average engagement rate for posts
Total post comments
Total post reactions
Total post engagements
Over 20 athletes from the SOA-Calgary Intermediate Athletics program participated in a track meet to celebrate the end of their program. The events included 100m dash, 4×4 100m relay, long jump, and shot put.
Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) continued their commitment to raising funds and awareness for our athletes virtually, staying connected through events like Polar Plunge and programs like PEAK.
#FreezinForAReason happened for the 11th year here in Alberta with our 2022 Virtual Polar Plunge. We were able to spread our reach across the province with plungers ranging from Medicine Hat to Grande Prairie taking part online with creative and exciting plunges.
170 brave individuals took the plunge to raise over $88,000 for Special Olympics Alberta. It was amazing to see the creativity of the 62 plungers who submitted videos for our Polar Bear Lair.
Brave individuals took the plunge
Over $88,000 raised
Videos Submitted for our Polar Bear Lair.
- Brad Cotmen, Chair of the Central Region
One of the shining achievements of the last year was Special Olympics Alberta-Camrose athlete Justin Sitler winning the 2021 LETR International Athlete of the Year! The award recognizes outstanding Special Olympics Athletes who have contributed to the success of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Justin continues to be an incredible supporter of LETR events in both his community and at the provincial level including getting #FreezinForAReason at last year’s Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Alberta!