The 2020 Special Olympics Ontario Spring Games will bring more than 2,500 athletes, coaches, staff, volunteers, and spectators to the Region of Waterloo. To ensure the Games “Go Beyond” and provide an amazing experience for all involved, we will be recruiting approximately 500 volunteers!
Volunteer roles may include:
Scorekeeping and timekeeping
Referees and linespeople
Venue set-up and tear-down
Opening and closing ceremonies
And much more!
Volunteer Minimum Requirements
Minimum of 16 years of age to volunteer
Must complete a Vulnerable Sector Check
Must be able to commit a minimum of 4 hours to the Games
Must complete the online training session prior to attending the in-person orientation
Must attend one in-person orientation session in April 2020
Children aged 10-16 may volunteer with a parent/guardian in the Family Volunteer Program
Family Volunteer Program
Special Olympics Ontario is pleased to offer a Family Volunteer Program for the 2020 Spring Games. Due to legal liabilities, the minimum age for the Family Volunteer Program is 10 years of age as of the start of the Games.
Family volunteers aged 10-15 years will not be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check
ALL volunteers aged 16 years and over MUST submit a Vulnerable Sector Check and complete the online training session
Family volunteers aged 10-15 years must volunteer side-by-side with a family member who is 16 years or older
Family volunteers will be placed in a position that is conducive to young persons (e.g. marshalls at Opening Ceremony)
Family volunteers aged 10-15 years will be registered automatically with the successful parent/guardian
Interested in volunteering?
Leave us your contact information and we'll notify you when registration opens!
Ready? Let's Get Started
The 2020 Special Olympics Ontario Spring Games are using MyImpactPage by Better Impact to register all volunteers. The system is being customized for these Games with the specific volunteer needs and venue locations.
Stay tuned for the full website to be up and running soon!
In the meantime, you can get started by following these preliminary steps:
Eager to get started? Although volunteer registration has not yet opened, you can begin the process to volunteer by obtaining your Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) if you don’t already have one (VSCs dated from May 24, 2019 onward will be accepted). Here is how:
For residents of Waterloo Region
- To obtain an online Vulnerable Sector Check from the Waterloo Regional Police Service, please click here
- Click on Begin Record Check
- To ensure the criteria for receiving a VSC is met, please include the following information in your application:
- Description of position: Supervisory responsibility of individuals with intellectual disabilities
- Responsibilities: Direct interaction and supervision of individuals with intellectual disabilities at Special Olympics Ontario
- **To waive administrative processing fees: Be sure to select “Special Olympics” from the drop-down list for Organization**
- Once you have your VSC completed, scan and email to VolunteerAdmin@2020springgames.com
If you reside outside of Waterloo Region
- To obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check, bring the attached Volunteer Letter to your local police service to have your Vulnerable Sector Check completed
- WRPS is unable to waive the VSC administrative processing fees for other police services
- Once you have your VSC completed, scan and email it to VolunteerAdmin@2020springgames.com