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Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run (OLETR) held the 2019 Kickoff Conference co-hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31, 2019. This year’s conference was held in conjunction with the Michigan LETR Kickoff Conference and included the Final Leg for the 2019 Sault Ste. Marie Winter Games! During the Conference, the following awards were announc
The Final Leg in Abu Dhabi kicked off on Sunday, March 2nd and eagerly watching Derek's updates on social media. The torch was lit from the Flame of Hope at the Founders memorial to start the final leg journey. A visit to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company HQ before the Final Leg team headed to Fujairah to continue.   Meet Chaica, Team 7’s Special Olympics athlete from the UAE, fresh off an au
Derek has been with the London Police Service for 32 years, and has been heavily involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for 28 years. Throughout his time, he has contributed to multiple committees and events, both as a lead organizer and volunteer. His dedication and passion to the LETR has been instrumental in the growth of the program. Special Olympics Ontario has recognized Derek with mul
Stephen is an accomplished Special Olympics athlete on the International stage winning medals at the World Games in: Boise, Idaho 2009 (2 Gold, 1 Silver), PyeongChang 2013 (3 Gold) and Austria 2018 (1 Gold), all in Speed Skating. Stephen was the ‘Male Athlete of the Year’ in Ontario in 2009 and 2014 and won the Canadian ‘Male Athlete of the Year’ in 2014 as well.  Additionally, he wa
London Police Officer Derek Spence and Orillia Special Olympics Athlete Stephen Graham Selected to Carry the Flame of Hope as part of Final Leg Torch Run Team for 2019 Special Olympics World Games Flame serves as beacon of inspiration to thousands during Law Enforcement Torch Run to Abu Dhabi, UAE   London/Orillia, ON, July 2018 – Special Olympics Ontario is proud to announce that Derek Spenc
Community Article/Video Arnprior, Renfrew Arnprior, Renfrew welcome Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Belleville Torch Run raises funds for Special Olympics Brockville Running for Special Olympics Brockville A run to remember Chatham-Kent Local Police To Raise Up ‘Flame Of Hope’ For Special Olympics Chatham-Kent Law Enforcement Torch Run
Written by: Carrie Gouthro, Correctional Service Canada   I was very honoured to be chosen to represent Ontario, and to be joined by Law Enforcement Torch runners from across Canada to promote and celebrate the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, held in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. When we arrived to Halifax, we were strangers but with a common passion, raising funds and awarene
On July 21, 2018 staff from the Durham East Probation and Parole office along with family and friends took part in Foam Fest held at Dagmar Ski Resort. It was the first fundraiser in support of Special Olympics that the office has participated in.  The team of 12 shared a ton of laughs, pushed physical limits, conquered fears and suffered some minor warrior wounds all in the name of fun! We a
Written by Callum, Special Olympics Ontario athlete  Visit Callum's blog here The first Special Olympics International Games, held in 1968 out of Soldier Field 172 countries.  4.9 million athletes.  50 years of acceptance, inclusion and the stimulation of growth.  The whole world celebrated half a century of incredible progress, marking Special Olympics 50th anniversary with a global Day of
Written by Callum, Special Olympics Ontario athleteVisit Callum's blog here The carrying of the Torch.  It's a symbol almost as old as the Olympic Games themselves.  A symbol that marks the beginning of pure, unbound competition.  Perhaps The Torch goes back to the very first Game held in Greece, which must have been over two thousand years ago.  Like many time-honoured, Olympic traditi