Special Olympics athletes give back to the community that’s helped them


Jenn Ferrier and Sheenagh Morrison are Special Olympics athletes.

But instead of practicing their respective sports this week, they’re practicing random acts of kindness.

Once a month, they drop off treats and this month’s lucky recipient is Victoria Police.

“I just want to thank them for all their help and love to Special Olympics and help us with fundraising and raising money and funds we wouldn’t have,” Sheenagh Morrison says.

The Victoria Police team, and Chief Del Manak personally, raised the most money for Special Olympics B.C. at this year’s Polar Plunge.

Individual officers also donate countless hours of their time to support athletes with intellectual disabilities and take part in events like the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Free the Fuzz fundraisers.

“Helping is always kind,” says Jenn Ferrier. “I love to help people, I love to make people happy and smile and if it’s donating some cookies to make someone’s day, it feels good.”

The cookies — which included chocolate chip, the Chief’s favourite — were definitely a hit.

“It’s an awesome gesture,” says Sgt. Alex Yelovatz. “It is a nice surprise, it’s the right time in the afternoon and a little bit of a pick me up.”

And the heartfelt thank you is touching even the toughest of officers.

“It’s inspirational,” says Chief Del Manak. “It really is inspirational and it really shows what we can all do as a community when we support one another and love one another.”

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