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Team Ontario Managment Team for 2014 National Games

posted Nov 1, 2013, 3:34 PM by   [ updated Nov 11, 2013, 7:12 AM ]

Toronto, Ontario - Special Olympics Ontario is proud to announce the Team Ontario Management Team for the 2014 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games, Vancouver, British Columbia.  The Management Team, made up of 16 volunteers and 3 staff have proven technical skills and many years of experience from Provincial to World Games.   

Team Ontario consists of a total of 353 Athletes, 83 Coaches and 19 Team Management for a total of 455 team members.

Congratulations to the following members of Team Ontario:

Chef de Mission – Juli Prokopchuk Brattan

Juli has been with Special Olympics Ontario since 1995, as the Volunteer Coordinator for Barrie Community and then 1998 as the Club Development Coordinator.  In 2000, she relocated to Saskatchewan where she became the Program Coordinator for Special Olympics Saskatchewan.  Upon her return to Ontario in 2004, Juli was re-hired by Special Olympics Ontario as the Area Coordinator for Central Ontario. Since then, Juli has organized several Provincial Conferences, Provincial Games and was the Chef de Mission for the 2008 National Winter Games and the 2010 National Summer Games.

Co-Chef de Mission – Karen Richards

Karen acted as the Games Manager for the 2013 Provincial Summer Games in York Region and is currently the Special Event Planner for York Regional Police.


Prior to joining York Regional Police, Karen has held positions as the Manager of Volunteer Services at Special Olympics Ontario and Coordinator of Volunteer Services at York Central Hospital.  Karen is very active in her community as she volunteers with Special Olympics Ontario and serves as a Board Member for Community Living, Newmarket/Aurora District and Holiday Helpers.


Team Manager – Jarrod Copland

Jarrod is currently the District Developer for the Northern District and has been with Special Olympics Ontario since September, 2011.  In the past two years, Jarrod has been involved with the Provincial Games in 2012 and 2013.

Jarrod has an extensive sport background which includes a Tournament Coordinator position with the Ottawa Senators, as well as being a hockey and lacrosse enthusiast. Having played, coached and officiated in both these sports Jarrod had the opportunity to experience sport at all levels, giving him an exceptionally well rounded perspective of sport. Jarrod is currently coaching a youth volleyball team in Sudbury as well as coaching the Sudbury Minor AAA Wolves.


Team Ontario Mission Staff for the 2014 National Summer Games:

5–pin Bowling                          Rachel Mathews         Ottawa

10-pin Bowling                        Rebecca Norton         Toronto

Athletics                                  Claudette Faubert       Ottawa

Athletics                                  Stephane Cloutier       South Porcupine

Basketball                               Stu Thomas                Oakville

Bocce                                      Mike Clark                  London

Golf                                         Dia Sue Wah Sing      Toronto

Powerlifting                             Bob Boisvert               Timmins

Rhythmic Gymnastics                        Donna Edwards          Ajax

Soccer                                                David Stickland           London

Softball                                    Joe Ricci                     St. Catharines

Swimming                               Heather Smith             Pickering

Swimming                               Duane Carson             Newmarket

Medical                                   Shirley Roy                 Timmins

Medical                                   Pat Durston                 Pembroke

Medical                                   Bettyann Goertz          London                       


Team Ontario Coaches will be announced in mid-November.


Congratulations to all members of Team Ontario Management Team.  Special Olympics Ontario looks forward to a most successful Games in Vancouver, British Columbia July 8th – 13th, 2014.