Special Olympics Canada on the Hill

Special Olympics Canada held a reception on the Hill. (Left to right) Olympian Mark Tewksbury, Government House Leader John Baird and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.

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Steven Fletcher, Minister of State for Democratic Reform.

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Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport.

Lunn with Tom Wright, Chairman of Special Olympics Canada.

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Liberal MP Joyce Murray.

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Liberal MP Mike Savage.

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NDP MP John Rafferty.

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Tewksbury with Liberal MP Kirsty Duncan.

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Tewksbury and Laureen Harper.

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Tewksbury and NDP MP Fin Donnelly.

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Labour Minister Lisa Raitt.

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Conservative Senator Nancy Greene.

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Greene with a Special Olympics athlete.

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Mrs. Harper with a Special Olympics athlete.

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Mrs. Harper with Industry Minister Tony Clement.

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Clement with athletes.

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Speaker Peter Milliken.

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Defense Minister Peter MacKay and Tory Senator Janis Johnson.

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Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

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Conservative MPs Cheryl Gallant (left) and Nina Grewal.

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Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

 

Special Olympics Canada on the Hill

  1. I have had the pleasure of being involved with the Special Olympic program for many years now. There are two aspects people might not realize about the program. There is an amazing diversity of talent and abilities and at the high end, these athletes are very, very good. ( I remember a pretty good varsity swimmer getting in the pool with a 40 something Special Olympic athlete and getting his doors blown off on the final leg of a 4×100 medley.) However, the most amazing feature of a special Olympic event is the level of comradery and sportsmanship that pervades the entire movement. The largest cheers at any meet are routinely reserved for those that athletes that have to struggle to complete a 25 m race over several minutes but persevere.

    One can only hope that some of the class and talent of this group rubbed off on our "finest" in Ottawa.

    • Good comments and insight. But where are you in the photos? Volunteers are the backbone of these worthy efforts…I hope a few at least were invited to the event.

  2. Special Olympics Canada held a reception on the Hill.

    Proving that whatever funding they receive was excessive, since they were able to flush excess cash into an event that had precious little to do with disabled athletes competing in amateur sport.

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