Organizing Committee

Meet our Special Olympic National Summer Games Organizing Committee Members

The saying “It takes a village” is so true.  To host an event of this magnitude takes the concerted efforts of many great volunteers.  We are so very honoured that Nova Scotians have come together in the true spirit of Special Olympics to help us create the ultimate Games experience for the over 1400 athletes and coaches who will be coming to St. FX University and Nova Scotia from July 31-Aug 4th.  We extend our utmost gratitude to the following Games Organizing Committee Members:

Executive Committee Name
Games Organizing  Co- Chair Carl Chisholm
Games Organizing Co-Chair Marc Champoux
Town of Antigonish – Mayor Laurie Boucher
Antigonish County – Warden Owen McCarron
SONS Host Rep. Michael Greek
SONS Host Rep. Terry Richardson
SONS Host – Board Chair Robin McNeil
SOC Rep Blair McIntosh
Legal/Policy Advisor Tara Miller
Legal/Policy Advisor Natalie Woodbury
Provincial Government Rep Neal Alderson
Provincial Government Rep Stacey Jones – Oxner
Games Manager Matt Quinn
Chief Admin Linda MacDonald
Summer Student – GM support/volunteer Oliver Kuehm
Director of Finance Heather Murphy
Director of Events/Hospitality Carla Gillis
Family Services Alison Sampson
Honoured Guests Joe MacDonald
Ceremonies – Opening and Closing Mary Farrell
Torch Run Mark Mander and John Pellerine
Medal Presentations Krista Wadman
Family Event Shirlyn Donovan
Athlete Village Jeff Teasdale
Town of Antigonish Representative Trish Cameron
Athlete Experience Krista Wadman
Family Services – Tourism Cindy MacKinnon
STFX Conference Services Jennifer Sylvester
Director of Fundraising and Sponsorship Doug Ives
Sponsorship/Fundraising – Lead Marc Champoux
Special Olympics Canada – Sponsorship Cary Weingust
Director of Communication Brian Lazzuri
Director of Marketing Daphne North
SO Liason – Marketing & Communication Anne Marie Shannon
Director of Operations and Support Bob Hale
Co– Accommodations (St. FX) Johnann Leblanc
Events- Stfx Susan Grant
Co- Food Services – St. FX Kevin Fraser
Co- Food Services Doreen Richardson
Security Robert Proctor
Medical Andrew Heighton
Transportation Dave Wamboldt
Facilities – Venue support Peter MacDonald
Facilities – Venue support Dalton Ferguson
Facilities – Venue support Don Sampson
Director of Administration and Volunteers Lynne Delorey
IT/Internal Communications Michael McCarther
Director of Sport Tim Hynes
Sport and venue manager Phil Diochon
Results and Scoring – SOI Rueben Silva
Mission Services Vanessa Robertson
Healthy Athletes Tom Fahie
Special Olympics Canada – Sport Serge Boulianne
Sport Manager – Soccer Geoff Spencer
Sport Manager – Basketball Stephanie Spencer
Venue Manager – Basketball Mary Beth McCarron
Sport Manager – Track and Field Cathy Tulkens
Sport Manager – Track and Field Paul MacDonald
Sport Manager – Track and Field Bernie Chisholm
Venue Manager – Track and Field Londo Scattolon
Sport Manager – Swimming Carla MacQuarrie
Venue Manager – Swimming Bethany Theuerkauf
Sport Manager – Bocce Jamie MacDougall
Venue Manager – Bocce John McIntosh
Sport Manager – Softball Richie Connors
Sport Manager – Powerlifting Ryan Kells
Venue Manager – Powerlifting Dan Demone
Venue Manager – Powerlifting Connor Demone
Sport Manager – Rhythmic Gymnastics Lisa Hopper
Sport Manager – Golf Dave Deluzio
Venue Manager – Golf

We are also supported by the Honorary Council Members:

Peter MacKay, Rob Sobey, Jeff MacLean, Danny Graham, JJ Grant – Brigadier-General, Dr. Kent MacDonald, Mary Ellen MacPhee, Wadih Fares, Irene MacLeaod, Dr. Willaum (Bill) Stanish, Mickey MacDonald

Matt Quinn

“It takes a village to provide Special Olympic Athletes with an exceptional experience”

Meet Matt Quinn, Games Manager of the Special Olympics Canada, 2018 National Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia July 31st to August 4th.

As Program Director at Special Olympics Nova Scotia (SONS) since the fall of 2010, Matt has been an integral partner in the development and delivery of the SONS Athletic programs. With over twenty provincial chapters and 1700 Athletes, Matt has assisted in organizing more than fourteen provincial games since joining and is a fixture with all the Nova Scotian Athletes, coaches and volunteers.

Each provincial and national game is athlete centered. What is exceptional about our first National Summer Games in over two decades? It is at a uniquely qualified location. St. Francis Xavier (St. FX) University offers world class competitive sports and student facilities in an idyllic location. St. FX will minimize Athlete travel with the majority of sport competition sites within walking distance. Athletes will be able to focus on competition as the scheduling and timing of the sites are not determined by a shuttle. Our Athletes comfort level will hopefully increase their competitive edge. Not only is the team at St. FX familiar with our games and events, we have a great working relationship with the university which will ensure the Athletes can focus and enjoy a superior experience. It will truly be an Olympic Village.

We are very encouraged by the participation to date and hope to further engage the community of Antigonish through volunteers and spectators. While there have been National Games hosted in larger urban centers in the past, the organizing committee is optimistic that the experience of the entire Antigonish community through the power of sport will be infectious. We are optimistic that the National Summer Games legacy in Antigonish will be a catalyst for change in the lives of Canadian Special Athletes and their communities.

Matt is a member of the Games Organizing Committee (GOC) which includes Co-Chairs Carl Chisholm, Mayor of Town of Antigonish and well-known businessman, Marc Champoux of BMO Nesbitt Burns.

Marc Champoux

Meet Marc Champoux, Co-Chair of the 2018 National Summer Games (SO2018) in Antigonish, Nova Scotia July 31st to August 4th.

Although Marc is very busy as a Vice President and Branch Manager at BMO Nesbitt Burns along with his team, to assist the Cape Breton community in achieving their financial goals, he was deeply inspired to champion the competitive goals of Canada’s Special Olympics Athletes as an ambassador for the first national games (SO2018) outside an urban centre in 50 years. Living in Antigonish and as a fan of St. Francis Xavier (St. FX) University, along with Carl Chisholm, his co-chair, lobbying to have the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics national summer games was irresitible. “For the community, the Athletes and the organization…. How could we say no?”

Be an inspired volunteer

With a targeted budget of $2 million dollars, we are confident that along with our capable volunteers, we have the depth of talent and resources to “put the show on” for Athletes, their families and fans! We believe it will be a distinct national games as the Town of Antigonish offers a refreshing contrast to larger urban centers. Participating Special Athletes, Coaches and Managers can walk to their events, fans and families can easily find short transportation to competitions and the world class sports facilities St. Francis Xavier University leave lots of time to cheer on their team mates and explore Antigonish.

The volunteer experience is as infectious as the Special Athletes themselves. If you wish to be inspired as we are, please consider volunteering for the 2018 Special Olympics National Games.