How Can I Volunteer?
  • Volunteer as a coach
  • Volunteer for a local sports club or in your community
  • Volunteer on a Council
  • Volunteer with a Special Olympics program
  • Volunteer at major competitions and sporting events!

Who Can Volunteer?

Special Olympics volunteers should have the following attributes:

  • enthusiastic, highly motivated individual who has excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • high integrity, are passionate about helping others, and believe in the vision of Special Olympics Ontario
  • interested in assisting in the growth of Special Olympics in the Ottawa area and making a difference in the lives of others


  • Have the opportunity to experience and help athletes with an intellectual disability achieve their goals and reach their full potential
  • Improve your coaching and/or administrative skills
  • Meet new people and contacts
  • Participate in recognition events
  • Pursue training and continuing education
  • Stay active in sport
  • Use your skills to help others
  • Add meaningful experience to your resume

What do the volunteer opportunities involve?   

Program volunteers and coaches:

  • provide training for athletes in any of our different sports
  • work with athletes to improve basic motor skills and teach sport-specific skills
  • prepare athletes for competitions
  • commit about 1-2 hours weekly
  • commit some weekends for competitions
  • Be a part of athletes achieving their goals and capture the spirit of Special Olympics!

Please refer to the coaches page for more details on various volunteer positions.

Event Volunteering

  • Experience the energy of a Special Olympics event!
  • Spend an exciting day at a competition timing races, measuring long jumps, serving lunches, fundraising, and much more!

Administrative Volunteer

  • Share your expertise and talents on a planning committee
  • Gain new leadership and organizational skills, or utilize your creative side in organizing on a fund raising event or competition
  • Gain skills in fundraising, budgets, planning, coordinating and much more…


We also welcome volunteers with professional skills that can help us match possible needs in the organization:

  • Photographers
  • Singers
  • Graphic designers
  • Medical Experts
  • etc…

Current Needs

We are always looking for new coaches and board members. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Terry Dawson at brockville.volunteerco@specialolympicsontario.ca

To become a volunteer...

You can complete your registration application either the online at Volunteer application online or fill out this hard copy form Volunteer application paper  If you apply online you will be contacted within a week by the Brockville Volunteer Coordinator or the Registrar. Should you use the paper form for your application, call or email the Brockville Volunteer Coordinator or another member listed on the 'contact us" page and someone will happily contact you. Regardless of the process you use you will be asked for two references and be required to sign that you understand and agree to abide by the code of conduct of Special Olympics. As well, you will be  required to obtain a vulnerable sector police check. If you live outside the limits of Brockville you will need to go to an OPP office. Prior to your visit download the following form. Police check request form (This form is required by the OPP to ensure that there will be no charge for the police check.) However, if you live within Brockville no other form is required for your police check request. There is a $10 fee charged by Brockville which will be reimbursed by us. 

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