Be a fan of Dignity

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Be a fan of Dignity

Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games reaches one-year countdown

Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games reaches one-year countdown milestone

Provincial Chef de Missions selected as teams begin qualifying process

July 8, 2013 (Vancouver, BC) –The 2014 Games Organizing Committee, together with the Province of British Columbia, athletes, volunteers and community partners are celebrating the one-year countdown to the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games taking place in Vancouver from July 8 to 12, 2014.  The 2014 Games will be the largest Special Olympics games held in Canada with the addition of three new sports, and an anticipated 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials from across the country gathering for the competition.

At the one-year milestone, the Chefs de Mission for each province and territory have now been selected to lead their respective teams in 2014. Across the country, qualifying provincial games are being held this summer to select teams for the 11 sports to be featured at the 2014 Games. Athletes will be competing in athletics, basketball, bocce, five- and ten-pin bowling, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball and swimming

“Canada’s 2014 Special Olympics Games promise to be an extraordinary experience for Canada athletes with intellectual disabilities and an exciting display of top-level competition and sport,” said Cathy Priestner Allinger, Chair of the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games.  “These will be the largest Special Olympics Canada Summer Games ever held and we are most grateful for the support we have received so far, particularly from the Province of British Columbia.”

“The Special Olympics movement and its athletes are an important reminder that sport has an incredible capacity to build communities, strengthen individuals and break through barriers,” said the Honourable Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Province of British Columbia. “On behalf of the Province of British Columbia, we are pleased to support these games and look forward to welcoming these tremendous athletes from across Canada to our province.”

The Province of British Columbia, through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development has committed $300,000 to the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games.

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Viva Pan Am Games – Expect the Unexpected

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What is the Two-Year Countdown?
TO2015, together with its corporate, government and municipal partners, is celebrating its two-year countdown on July 10, 2013—exactly 730 days until the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games officially open.

On July 10, the Games footprint will be alive with Pan Am spirit!

Pan Am Games Vision

A life-affecting experience

  • Attract the best athletes
  • Build reliable operations and services
  • Celebrate Pan American culture and performance
  • Ensure an entertaining spectator experience
  • Integrate the Parapan American Games into the overall Games plan

Transforming Communities

  • Inspire children to participate in sport
  • Engage local communities to embrace the Games as their own
  • Celebrate and involve Toronto’s multicultural population
  • Connect the Pan American region through summits, conferences and workshops
  • Leave a Games legacy of sustainable excellence

Delivering on commitments

  • Build all Games infrastructure on time, on budget and in scope
  • Create a Toronto 2015 brand that inspires involvement
  • Enhance the outstanding legacy of previous Pan American Games hosts
  • Generate Games business revenue in excess of $150 million

Setting a benchmark

  • Delivering the best-ever experience for all athletes and participants

Pan Am Games Cultural Values

JOY

We celebrate the opportunity to be here. Inspire and be positive about what is possible. Dream Big. Have fun and affect those around you.

PURPOSE

Toronto 2015 is much more than just a job. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to positively affect a community, leave a legacy and grow in the process.

ACCOUNTABILITY

We make commitments and deliver. Hold yourself and others to this standard. Build trust by being reliable, trustworthy, and act with integrity

COLLABORATION

We have high social IQ. Bring out the best in those around you. Build respectful and authentic partnerships. Reach out to be inclusive and be passionate.

RESULTS

We focus on outcomes, not activities. Spend your time on the things that matter most. You have 5 years to make it happen.

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Freedoms and Human Rights

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Freedom of association is a fundamental civil right, closely linked to the freedoms of expression and assembly, that is protected by all Human Rights international instruments, including article 20 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

What is the purpose of Freedom of Association?

It is a prerequisite for the development of NGO’s (including NGO’s promoting Human Rights), political parties and other groups, more generally, for a flourishing civil society. As such, Freedom of association constitutes an important indicator of the level of free thinking toward the democratic development. The right to associate facilitates and favours debates and plurality in a society, and association have an important role to fulfill as relays between citizens.

What does Freedom of Association cover?   

Freedom of Association does not only cover the right to join, to create or to quite any association, organization or company, regardless of its legal form; it also requires that the others refrains from interfering in the activities of associations and favours the development of an environment that is conducive to Freedom of association.

To be truly free , you should respect the freedoms of others.