TORONTO, April 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Special Olympics Canada (SOC) is deeply
saddened by the passing of a passionate champion and advocate, Minister
Jim Flaherty. We extend our sincerest condolences to Minister
Flaherty's family, friends and colleagues in this difficult time.
Special Olympics in Canada will miss an impassioned and committed
supporter. While seeking increased financial support for the delivery
of programs and competitions for athletes with an intellectual
disability, Minister Flaherty played a vital role, providing counsel
and encouragement. In the recent budget, Minister Flaherty and the
Government of Canada approved significant additional funding for
Special Olympics Canada, which will allow our organization to grow and
reach even more individuals with an intellectual disability across the
country. Minister Flaherty believed in the transformative power of
sport to change lives, which he demonstrated through his involvement
with Special Olympics, among other organizations. He understood the
value of an inclusive and respectful society. Minister Flaherty was an
integral part of Parliament Hill and a great Canadian.
"The entire Special Olympics family are overcome by the loss of a an
amazing champion and friend," said Special Olympics Canada Chief
Executive Officer, Sharon Bollenbach. "He was an incredible advocate of
sport for all Canadians, his actions speaking even louder than his
words. We are sending our condolences to Minister Flaherty's family and
friends during this very trying time. He leaves a remarkable legacy and
will be profoundly missed."
About Special Olympics Canada
Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement
is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual
disability through the transformative power and joy of sport. Operating
out of sport clubs in 12 provincial and territorial Chapters, this
grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower
individuals, change attitudes and build communities. From two-year-olds
to mature adults, close to 37,000 athletes with an intellectual
disability are registered in Special Olympics year-round programs
across Canada. They are supported by more than 17,000 volunteers,
including more than 13,000 trained coaches.
SOURCE: Special Olympics Canada
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