The club welcomed back to the podium Barry Streib, currently the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the Special Olympics-Canada Winter Games -February 25-29, 2020 in Thunder Bay (

Barry is pictured (centre) with president Warren Philp (L) and Rod Morrison (R) who recruited,introduced and thanked Barry.

Subtitled "Pure Heart", this extraordinary event (a unique chemistry and bonding amongst all participants) will bring 900 athletes with intellectual disabilities, plus several hundred more (managers, techs,family and friends) together to make new friends,develop new skills,improve fitness and many other intangibles. There will be 8 sports, with this year a newly inaugurated 5 -pin bowling thrown in. 

There are a total of specially selected 19 athlete ambassadors.

The ($ 7 m) impact on the city for tourism, the economy and the city's caring reputation will be impressive. Numerous VIPs and ceremonial events will add colour and excitement. The final party, a "dance" at the Valhalla is a highlight for all.

Yes, volunteers are still welcome. And there is an active "Draft an Athlete Program" fundraising opportunity with charitable receipts available (check the website).

Barry continues as a tireless volunteer and strong advocate for many city events and this one is special for him. The club is indebted for his appearance today. Good luck Barry and thanks again.