Join us for the Virtual Torch Run for SOBC

Hello All

From June 1 to 7, make your kilometres make a difference. Raise vital funds by running and walking with the Virtual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics BC!

Every year, Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics BC members around the province usually lace up to hit the pavement together in their communities, raising vital funds and awareness to benefit SOBC athletes and programs. This year, we are launching the first-ever Virtual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics BC! From June 1 to 7, everyone can run and walk to help raise much-needed funds for SOBC.

To recognize the 30th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in British Columbia, the event’s fundraising goal is $30,000 and runners/walkers will look to cover a combined distance of 3,000 kilometres.

Sign up and learn more at www.specialolympics.bc.ca/letr

Registration is free, but you can support Special Olympics BC’s life-changing work for people with intellectual disabilities by donating to the event or asking friends and family to support your run/ walk with a donation.

SUPPORT FOR SOBC LOCAL FUNDRAISING

All SOBC athletes that register and fundraise through the Virtual Torch Run will have their fundraising dollars go back to their local SOBC program. If you have more questions about using the Virtual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics BC to help fundraise for your local SOBC program, please me Charlotte Taylor ctaylor@specialolympics.bc.ca . Since we announced this event on SOBC’s social media platforms just yesterday evening we have already received eight athlete registrations, many from Region 6, so we hope this event will be popular with the athletes and a boost to the Local and Provincial fundraising efforts.

To our inspiring law enforcement friends, and to everyone lacing up for the Special Olympics BC community – THANK YOU!! You are so important to this life-changing movement, now and always.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me,

Kind regards
Charlotte

Charlotte Taylor
Manager, Fund Development
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Special Olympics British Columbia
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Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation. Authorized and accredited by Special Olympics, Inc. for the benefit of persons with intellectual disabilities.

SO Nanaimo: SOBC May 7 COVID-19 Update

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SOBC return to sport update as of May 7

Special Olympics BC welcomes the Government of B.C.’s May 6 announcement about their plan to restart B.C. safely. We’d like to share what the next steps look like for SOBC. We are currently developing plans to safely reactivate each of our sports and all of our programs and activities. Provincial officials will need to approve the plan for each sport and program before we are permitted to restart anything. SOBC’s Sport team is busy building these plans, and we are working with the sport-specific Provincial Sport Organizations who are generously sharing their own plans.

Because some sports have less physical closeness and contact than others, those sports may be able to start again sooner than others. But we don’t yet have any dates to confirm. We are working through the plans now, with fellow PSOs and provincial officials, to make sure everything will proceed safely.

We look forward to keeping everyone up to date as we learn more. We can’t wait to get back to Special Olympics sports and programs again. But we will put everyone’s safety first, and proceed in accordance with provincial officials. For now, all Special Olympics BC programs and face-to-face activities remain paused. Throughout the coming phases of the restart plan, we all must remember to keep focusing on personal hygiene, including hand washing, physical distancing, and staying at home if you are sick.

“Today, we’ve unveiled our plan for a slow and safe restart. We need to be vigilant, to make sure we keep flattening the curve of transmission,” Premier John Horgan said. “There is much more to do. But we will get through this pandemic to better days by working together and keeping each other safe.” For more information about the Government of B.C.’s Restart Plan, please visit: www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc.

Special Olympics BC is continuing the weekly spring at-home training and activity challenges, and we’re creating new resources to remotely support athletes and coaches as well as new virtual fundraisers. Please check out the SOBC website for tools to stay active, connected, positive, and informed, and stay tuned to our website and social media channels for ongoing updates.

Excerpted message from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry:

Our “new normal” is based on principles that apply to every person and every situation. These principles are the foundation of how we need to move forward with our B.C. plan, and will remain in place for the weeks and months ahead.

These principles include:
1. Staying informed, being prepared and following public health advice;
2. Practising good hygiene – hand hygiene, avoid touching your face and respiratory etiquette;
3. Staying at home and away from others if you are feeling ill – with no exceptions – whether for school, work or socializing;
4. Maintaining physical distancing outside the household, e.g., no handshakes or hugs, keeping your number of contacts low and keeping a safe distance;
5. Making necessary contacts safer with appropriate controls, e.g., using plexiglass barriers or redesigning spaces;
6. Increasing cleaning of frequently touched surfaces at home and work;
7. Considering the use of non-medical masks in situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as on transit or while shopping; and
8. Continuing to minimize non-essential personal travel.

I have seen the strength and resilience in British Columbians that I know will hold us in good stead in the months ahead. We must continue to keep our firewall strong and remain committed to our efforts to protect our province.

Be kind, be calm, be safe.

Sad news from Special Olympics Nanaimo

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The SO Nanaimo community has lost some of our friends over the past couple of months and we want to take a moment to recognize the recent passing of athlete Shirley Keno and long-time volunteers Bill Crocker, Jim McKinley and Mary Ranger. Their family members wanted to make sure everyone knew how much the athletes and Special Olympics meant to the them and we want the families to know how much they meant to us.

Shirley participated in 5 pin bowling and athletic club and was well known for her ability to make you smile. A true gentleman who enjoyed sports with his son Chris, Bill was a mentor and friend of many of our coaches and a great representative for the local at many games. Jim served as the local treasurer for 16 years and is the father of athlete Paul McKinley. Well known for her role in keeping our athletes and coaches well dressed in competition as the uniform coordinator, Mary was also one of the early members of the executive at the start of the Nanaimo local.

From all of us at Special Olympics our thoughts go out to all of the families and friends. They will all be sorely missed.

SO Nanaimo: Important COVID-19 SOBC Update

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Because of the ongoing health recommendations, and related facility closures, all Special Olympics BC programs, sport events, fundraising events, and face-to-face activities will be paused until May 30, 2020.

At this time, it’s also become clear that we need to cancel the remainder of the 2020 Regional Qualifier season. This is disappointing for everyone. But after discussing the feedback we have been receiving, it feels necessary to make this decision now.

We don’t want anyone to feel anxiety about training for and organizing these important competitions, when we’re all compromised by a situation beyond anyone’s control. And in the reduced time available to us all, it won’t be possible to host and train for all the necessary competitions in a way that would be fair to everyone.

In fall 2020, we will announce the new selection process for the next Special Olympics BC Summer Games. We will be consulting widely in B.C. to discuss opportunities and possibilities, and we will stay aligned with other provincial and territorial Special Olympics Chapters.

We know the lack of access to in-person Special Olympics activities has an impact on us all. We miss seeing all of you! We miss knowing that you are out there enjoying your sports and community activities. But now there are many opportunities to find new ways to stay active at home, and new ways to connect with each other. These opportunities will be important for right now, and they will be improvements that will have a lasting benefit for us all.

Special Olympics BC will be continuing the weekly spring at-home training and activity challenges, and we are working on resources to remotely deliver coach training and athlete sport skill support. Please check out our website for tools to stay active, connected, positive, and informed.

And please stay tuned to Special Olympics BC’s social media channels for upcoming resources, ideas, and for places to talk.

SO Nanaimo: COVID-19 SOBC Update

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Hello Everyone,

I hope this finds you all doing well, trying to stay positive and working as hard as you can to keep fit under the current circumstances! There has been no update from SOBC this week so our programs are still all suspended until further notice.

Now is the time to get creative with your fitness and skills practices! From running up and down the stairs in your house to figuring out how to make a makeshift bowling alley out of empty cans or bottles and a soccer ball, there are plenty of things you can do in your own home to stay fit. SOBC has plenty of information on their web page here: https://www.specialolympics.ca/british-columbia/athlete-health-resources

All the best,
Geoff

March 29th COVID-19 Update

Hello Everyone,

I hope this finds you all doing well, trying to stay positive and working as hard as you can to keep fit under the current circumstances! There has been no update from SOBC this week so our programs are still all suspended until further notice.

Now is the time to get creative with your fitness and skills practices! From running up and down the stairs in your house to figuring out how to make a makeshift bowling alley out of empty cans or bottles and a soccer ball, there are plenty of things you can do in your own home to stay fit. SOBC has plenty of information on their web page here: SOBC Athlete Health Resources

All the best,
Geoff

SO Nanaimo: COVID-19 SOBC Update

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Hello Everyone,

Summary: All SO activities (meetings, courses, competitions, programs, etc.) suspended until at least April 30th. For updates on COVID-19 go here: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/common-questions?utm_campaign=20200313_GCPE_AM_COVID_2__ADW_BCGOV_EN_BC__TEXT.

I hope this email finds you well during this difficult time and that you’re doing your best to stay positive and active! Special Olympics is a wonderful and unique group and I know we will support each other as much as possible over the coming weeks.

Attached is a calendar (click here to view) that athletes (and coaches) can use to help stay active while practicing social distancing or self isolation and you can also read the latest update from SOBC. If you have any questions about either or just want to reach out please contact myself or one of your coaches.

I intend to post an update once a week on Fridays (big thanks to Norm, Dave and Angela for helping me with this!) whether or not there have been any changes to our programs. If you have anything you would like me to include in these updates that would be beneficial to our community please contact me at SO.Nanaimo.Local.Coordinator. If you know of any athletes or coaches that don’t have access to the internet please pass this message on to them.

For those of you in the TL;DR crowd there will be a bold summary statement at the top of each post (like this one!).

All the best,

Geoff

SO Nanaimo March 13 Important Update

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Special Olympics BC COVID-19 memo March 13, 2020

We know many members of this amazing community feel Special Olympics BC is a huge part of their lives. We feel the very same. But in order to limit any possible risk to members of our community, Special Olympics BC is making the difficult decision to pause all community weekly training, all competitions, and
all face to face fundraising events from March 13 to March 31, 2020.

Based upon what is unfolding in the greater community in terms of suspension of activities, we feel the decision to temporarily suspend Special Olympics BC activities is prudent. At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada, but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for the following Canadians: aged 65 and over, with compromised immune systems, and with underlying medical conditions.

Special Olympics BC will continue to follow the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation daily, and will communicate further with members.

We will assess, address, and communicate what the postponement of the Regional Qualifiers in this period means for qualifying for the 2021 SOBC Summer Games. Please stay tuned for further information. We
commend and thank all the athletes who have been training hard for these competitions, and all the volunteers and families who have been working so hard to plan them.

To help athletes stay active during this hiatus, everyone can check out the at-home training and health resources on the Special Olympics BC website. We will also continue our social media posts celebrating Special Olympics BC members as well as sharing wellness reminders and resources. So please do feel free to suggest everyone can talk with us on social media to stay connected and encouraged!

Thank you for your patience at this time. The health and safety of Special Olympics BC program and event participants remain our top priorities.

The BC Centre for Disease Control says the most important things you can do to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses are to:
 Wash your hands often with soap and water.
 Avoid touching your face.
 Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
 Avoid others who are unwell, and if you are sick yourself, stay away from others.

Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed. These are all general precautions that should always be observed in cold and flu season, but we are taking the time to remind ourselves and everyone now, in light of the heightened awareness of this topic.

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
The Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath

If you have SO Nanaimo stories, results and pictures to share for the newsletter please send them to SOnewsnanaimo. Feedback on the newsletter always welcome!

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SOBC COVID-19 Update

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Special Olympics BC continues to proactively monitor the situation with COVID-19. The health and safety of program and event participants are our top priority, and we encourage everyone to follow public health best practices and current information.

At this time we are not postponing or cancelling any Special Olympics BC programs or events, since the Public Health Agency of Canada states that the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is currently low for Canada.

The BC Centre for Disease Control says the most important things you can do to prevent coronavirus, COVID-19, and other illnesses are to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.

The BC Centre for Disease Control recommends following the same advice that public health officials suggest for the cold and flu season:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid others who are unwell, and if you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed.

These are all general precautions that should always be observed in cold and flu season, but we are taking the time to remind ourselves and everyone now, in light of the heightened awareness of this topic.

As best practices in this cold and flu season, we kindly remind all coaches, athletes, and families to do the following at programs:

  • Please remind all participants to regularly wash their hands with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds – try singing the Happy Birthday song twice!
  • If you feel sick, please do not attend a practice or event. Your health comes first!
  • If an athlete or coach arrives at a program sick, the Head Coach should ask that participant to return home – or if they can’t immediately do so, please give them isolated space where they are not touching others.
  • If a sick person can’t attend an event, but wants to stay active, please encourage them to check out the at-home training and health resources on the Special Olympics BC website.
  • Please discourage high fives or handshakes – everyone loves a celebratory elbow bump instead!

Special Olympics BC recommends using B.C. and Canadian health authorities for information on COVID-19, including:

We will have upcoming social media posts with wellness reminders and resources in order to help the Special Olympics family and everyone stay well this cold and flu season!

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
The Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath

If you have SO Nanaimo stories, results and pictures to share for the newsletter please send them to SOnewsnanaimo. Feedback on the newsletter always welcome!

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