Our Volunteers


It is our Volunteers that make the program so much fun for our athletes!

Without them we would not be the Special Olympics -Aurora! 
We want you to meet a few of our volunteers and hear what they love about our program.   Please read about our fantastic volunteers below!


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Volunteer of the Year 2016
Dan Banks  - Head Coach Basketball and Manager Softball
  Presentation made by Volunteer Coordinator Julie Powell.

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Volunteerism can be provided in many forms.  Dan Banks not only is a Coach for Aurora Special Olympics teams but also has, and this October is organizing a fundraiser for Special Olympics. With the help of CrossFit Crux, a cross training facility, its members and friends either as individual or in teams undertake a 24-hour “workout”.  Though pledges and donations undertake a “workout-of the-hour”, each hour a different workout for 24 hours. A fun way to volunteer while getting fit in a day! Well may be! 

To read the complete story about CF24 use the link; CrossFit Crux, CF24



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Sport Aurora honours volunteers who have dedicate their time to local sports teams

Sport Aurora held a volunteer recognition event on November 4th where local sports teams recognized volunteers for their outstanding contributions to their organization. SOO-Aurora's Sport Technical Coordinator, Lloyd Brown, was one of the award's recipients. Lloyd advises coaches and athletes on rules and requirements, while also assisting and travelling with SOO-Aurora teams when away at events.


Congratulations to Lloyd!


Volunteer: Lloyd Brown - Swim coach and Sport Technical Coordinator

Sport Aurora recipient of 2013 Volunteer Recognition Award






Question: What do you love most about swimming and volunteering with the Special Ducks?

A; Exercise, camaraderie, feels good and rewarding to help out

Question: Can you tell us something special about you and your swimming achievements?
A; I wish! Was competitive years ago, but not so much now.

Question: What is your favourite movie and why?
A; Anything James Bond. He’s the man! Suave, ready for action, and a great theme.

Question: What CD is playing in your car right now?
A; Classic Rock mix, mostly Pink Floyd.

Question: What is your favourite swimming moment?
A; Chad Le Clos beating Michael Phelps (200 fly) at the 2012 Olympic games.

Question: Ian Thorpe or Michael Phelps?

A; Ian Thorpe

Question: Do you have a favourite swim stroke that you enjoy instructing to the Special Ducks?
A; Butterfly

Question: You were just selected as a swim coach for the 2014 National games, anything specific you are looking forward to seeing at the games?

A; Lots of medals for our Ontario athletes!

Question: Anything else you want to share with the SOO-Aurora community?
A; For all the younger people out there, come out…volunteer, watch and participate. It feels good to make a difference.


Volunteer:  Sue – Swim Program Manager



Question; What do you love most about swimming and volunteering with the Special Ducks?
A; The smiles!  Every week there are new reasons for both the swimmers and the volunteers to smile!  It’s heart-warming to see.

Question; Can you tell us something special about you and/or your swimming achievements?
A; Many Masters swimmer track the distance that we each swim after each practice.  I recently reached the 1 million meter mark! It’s taken a while, but I did it!

Question; What is your favorite movie and why?
A; Too many to choose.  I like Sliding Doors, Fiddler on the Roof, Juno, and Sixth Sense… I just like a lot of movies, I guess!

Question; What CD is playing in your car right now?
A; Alysha Keys.

Question; Your favorite swimming moment!
A; My very first Master’s swim meet, about six years ago… My first event… I lost the heat (badly – dead last!)   I didn’t know that I was only competing against women in my own age group – I thought I was competing against everyone in my heat… When I learned that I came first in my age group I was surprised, and happy!!  I guess that kept me coming back!



Volunteer:  Heather – Parent Liaison



Question; What do you love most about swimming and volunteering with the Special Ducks?
A; All of it! In the water one on one, on the deck at swim meets, sharing of information, sharing and chatting with parents.

Question; Can you tell us something special about you and/or your swimming achievements?
A; I started swimming with the Master Ducks in Jan. 2009 and to date I have swum just over 150,000 meters.

Question; What is your favorite movie and why?
A; I really enjoyed “The Blindside”. It is nice to know that out there in the big world there really are people who make a difference just because.

Question; What CD is playing in your car right now?
A; None Yet! I enjoy the quite whenever I have the chance.

Question;  Your favorite swimming moment!
A; Finishing my first IM at the Nationals last May. I could not believe that something could exhaust me so much in such a short period of time.


Volunteer:  Casey


Question; What do you love most about swimming and volunteering with the Special Ducks?
A; The best part of coaching the Special Ducks is definitely meeting so many talented athletes and wonderful, dedicated parents.  I love watching the athletes get excited about swimming, whether they are veteran competitors or new swimmers just starting out.  The smiles on their faces and their sense of accomplishment is so rewarding to see.  I also really enjoy watching my own children engage with the swimmers when they volunteer and enjoying the connections that they make with the Special Duck swimmers.

Question; Can you tell us something special about you and/or your swimming achievements
A; I was a competitive swimmer from age ten to twenty, and have been a Master Duck swimmer for the past six years.  Swimming is truly a sport for all ages and abilities, and I hope to swim in some form for the rest of my life!  The highlight of my time as a Master Duck (so far!) was participating in the World Masters Swimming Championships in California in 2006.  It was an amazing experience to compete against swimmers from all over the world, including some ex- Olympic medalists!  I am also the mom of two swimmers, so I spend a lot of time driving to and from the pool and watching them practice and compete too!

Question; What is your favorite movie and why?
A; I don’t really have a favorite movie, I like all types …. anything that gives me a reason to sit down and relax for two hours is good with me!

Question; What CD is playing in your car right now?
A; I don’t have any CD’s in my car right now…. My kids monopolize the radio though, and I must be getting old as I keep telling them to “turn down that noise”!  My favorite music is Canadian – Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip and Spirit of the West.

Question; Your favorite swimming moment!
A; My favorite swimming moments are the ones where someone reaches a goal they have set for themselves and recognize that all of their hard work has paid off. Sometimes it is me, or my kids or one of my fellow Master Ducks.  Sometimes it is when one of the Special Ducks achieves something that they never thought they could. Those moments are what swimming is all about and what keeps everyone coming back to the pool for more.


Volunteer:  A.J.


Question; What do you love most about swimming and volunteering with the Special Ducks?
A; I love the time I can spend with the athletes, hearing about their day to day activities, getting to know them, and teaching them something they didn’t know before.

Question; Can you tell us something special about you and/or your swimming achievements
A; Love a challenge. I love trying to find out new ways of communicating with people in their own way, especially signing (though I am far from fluent ASL).

Question; What is your favorite movie and why?
A; Finding Nemo is my most favorite movie. It shows that no matter what stands in your way, with a little determination and help, you can do anything.

Question; What CD is playing in your car right now?
A; House music, different artists, mostly David Getta.

Question; Your favorite swimming moment!
A; My most favorite swimming moments are when a new swimmer floats for the very first time with my help. It may be with panic in their eyes, and the moment is rarely longer than a few seconds, but that is one moment that makes all the difference.




Volunteer: Cheryl - Event Coordinator
Sport Aurora recipient of 2012 Volunteer Recognition Award


Question; What do you love most about swimming and volunteering with the Special Ducks?
A; I love the ‘social’ aspect of my swimming!  I love swimming too, but the camaraderie is ‘the best’
I love volunteering with the SO Ducks for the smiles on the Athletes’ faces, and the bigger smiles when they accomplish something they didn’t think they could do.

Question; Can you tell us something special about you and/or your swimming achievements
A; I dreamt that I would sink to the bottom of the pool the night before my first swim practice!  Four years later I am quite confident that I won’t, and the special part of my swimming is the friends I have met and going to swim meets with my swim friends.

Question; What is your favorite movie and why?
A; My favorite movie is Pretty Woman because it shows that anyone has the capacity to ‘change their life’ AND to ‘get the guy’

Question; What CD is playing in your car right now?
A; I don’t necessarily have CD’s in my car – but my favorite CD is Jonny Lang – Lie to Me (he is a very young, soulful and bluesy artist)

Question; Your favorite swimming moment!
A; My favorite swimming moment was the first time I did a 100 IM – I surprised myself by a) completing it and b) wanting to do it again!