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Chilliwack Special Olympics volunteer Dorothy Franson (L) with her athlete daughter Melinda receives SOBC's President's Award for her tireless efforts.








hilliwack Program Coordinator Dorothy Franson works hard to provide athletes with the best possible opportunities. A dedicated and supportive volunteer, she has played a pivotal role in the success of her Local, and is the winner of SOBC’s 2018 President’s Award.

“Dorothy is constantly encouraging athletes in all sports to reach their full potential,” her nominators wrote.

An SOBC – Chilliwack volunteer of more than 15 years, Franson is always ready to step up and support Special Olympics athletes. In addition to her current position as Program Coordinator, she has served on SOBC – Chilliwack’s Local Committee as Co-Local Coordinator and Treasurer. She has also played an important role in training new Local Committee volunteers during periods of transition.

Dorothy is dedicated to providing athletes with opportunities to participate in sports. When she noticed that several athletes were interested in bocce, she took it upon herself to start up a program. She was also a driving force in setting up a Club Fit program in SOBC – Chilliwack, which has helped athletes improve their fitness levels. She is currently the Head Coach of SOBC – Chilliwack’s bocce program and helps coach the Local’s Club Fit program.

Dorothy seeks out new training techniques to help athletes reach their potential, and she makes sure coaches receive the training they need to be successful. She consistently provides coaches, athletes, and Local Committee members with encouragement and support.

One of SOBC’s annual awards, the President's Award is presented to a non-coaching volunteer that is dedicated to planning, organizing, and operating sport programs, fundraisers or competitions. This volunteer is an asset to the Local Committee or sub-committee and is always willing to take on a leadership role to ensure that the athletes and volunteers have the best experience possible. This volunteer donates countless hours and always has the best interest of Special Olympics BC in the forefront.

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About Special Olympics BC

Special Olympics BC is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through the power and joy of sport. In 55 communities around the province, we provide yearround training and competitive opportunities in 18 different sports to more than 4,600 athletes of all ages and abilities, thanks to the dedicated efforts of over 3,900 volunteers. For more information, please visit www.specialolympics.bc.ca  and find us on Facebook and Instagram @specialolympicsbc and Twitter @sobcsociety.



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