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.
Special Olympics Québec (SOQ) is proud to announce a four-year partnership with the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation through its charity support program. Jumpstart’s financial support and its three programs allow nearly 40,000 young Quebecers to play their favourite sports every year, and 700 of them are given the unforgettable gift of attending a vacation camp at the outdoor centre.
At a festive evening held on Saturday, November 19, Special Olympics Québec acknowledged the excellent work of its volunteers through its recognition programme. Duringthe tribute evening held at the Sheraton Laval of more than 200 volunteers and partners, 7 recognition awards were presented to those who distinguished themselves in the past year.