Francine Gendron – Executive Director of Special Olympics Québec
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of. Francine Gendron as Executive Director of Special Olympics Québec. Francine will take up her duties on Monday, March 6, 2017, and her email address will be email@example.com
There are just two weeks to go before the opening of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, and the excitement is at its peak for the 11 Quebec athletes who will be participating in this major event.
From March 14th to March 25th, some 3,000 athletes living with an intellectual disability from 110 countries will gather in Austria, for a week of competition in 9 sports.
Eleven Quebecers will be among the Canadian delegation, composed of 110 athletes, who will compete in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, speed skating and snowshoeing.
The entire Quebec movement is extremely proud to see these athletes participate in this international competition and wishes them the best of luck. This achievement is a testament to their passion, determination and discipline.
The 1.7 degree Celsius of the water didn't discourage more than 150 people who came to participate to the Polar Bear Plunge, presented this afternoon at the Club de canoe de Lachine. This original fundraising activity, organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run, has raised $45,139 of which $18,000 comes from the CN Police, to benefit Special Olympics Québec.
Among the brave participants, were more than fifty police officers, including, Stephen Covey, Chief of Police and Chief security officer at CN and Shawn Dulude, Station commander at the Sûreté du Québec and provincial Director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. A team of about 50 employees and friends from the Scotia Bank, and Peter Yong, SOQ athlete, did spectacular entrances into the ice water.
On January 26, our athletes and groups of athletes who have distinguished themselves over the last year were given recognition awards at an event held at the John-Molson Room in Montreal which was attended by several dignitaries and partners of Special Olympics Québec.
During that same evening, Special Olympics Québec inducted 4 new members into the Special Olympics Québec Partners' Hall of Fame which, since 2014, has been recognizing and perpetuating the memory of those who, through their outstanding professional achievements and sustained commitment at the community level, have become models for our athletes.