Ontario Concussion Protocol

posted May 16, 2018, 4:37 PM by Communications Greater Durham

Attached is the new concussion guidelines as provided by the Government of Ontario.

We recommend that coaches have a version printed and handy with them should the need arise.

Check Out Our New Brochure!

posted Jan 31, 2018, 5:00 PM by Communications Greater Durham   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 5:14 PM ]

Check our the new GDSO Brochure!

GDSO Changes

posted Dec 11, 2017, 9:55 AM by Communications Greater Durham

Announcing a new GDSO Community Coordinator and Special Olympics Ontario ‘GTA District Developer’

After five years as our Special Olympics Ontario – Greater Durham ‘Community Coordinator’ and Council Chair, Janice Dewland is “passing the torch” to a new volunteer.

We thank Janice for the hundreds of hours that she has given in this role (over and above her hours as the head of the GDSO Oshawa Softball and Basketball programs).

We are very fortunate that a well qualified volunteer has come forward to lead our community.  Sue Simeson has retired as a ‘Durham District School Board’ elementary school principal, and as a new Special Olympics Ontario volunteer is looking forward to getting to know the administrative and operational workings of our community.  

Also, as some of you are aware … one of our Special Olympics Ontario ‘GTA District Developer’ staff members  has changed jobs at S.O.O.  We thank Karla Williams for her help with our community, and wish her all the best in her new role as ‘Program Developer: Health and Leadership’. Our other staff ‘GTA District Developer’ Michael Chung has advised that his new partner is Javed Thadani. Javed is not new to Special Olympics (as he has worked under the S.O.O ‘Partners in Play Program’ with Garry MacLean and School Championships with Kirsten Bobbie).   In addition, Javed has been a S.O.O. coach and currently helps to run a partner S.O.O. basketball program.

Our community welcomes Sue and Javed!


posted Oct 31, 2017, 5:28 PM by Communications Greater Durham   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 9:54 AM ]

Notice for the Special Olympics Ontario - Greater Durham Annual Members Meeting (AMM).

Please see the attached documents for all the info.

Breakfast with Santa

posted Oct 31, 2017, 5:17 PM by Communications Greater Durham

Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast to support the Greater Durham Special Olympics Figure Skating, Learn to Skate and Speed Skating Programs

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 8am-10am

Check out the flyer below for more details!

Winter Wonderland

posted Oct 31, 2017, 5:11 PM by Communications Greater Durham

Date:  Dec 2nd,
Place: Lviv hall, 38 Lviv Blvd Oshawa
Time: 5:30 arrival. Dinner at 6:30
Dress: Semi Formal
Price: $20.00 for Athletes/ Coaches and Volunteers
            $25.00 for guests

RSVP by November 24th


  • Make sure to mention If need a special diet to let seller know.
  • Each guest is responsible for their own travel to and from the venue.
Sellers are Margaret Camposeo 905 723 3579 campogeo@hotmail.com
 Luke Feetham lukerf@rogers.com

Halloween Boo Bash on October 28th

posted Oct 7, 2017, 9:55 AM by Communications Greater Durham

Our G.D.S.O. 'Then and Now Sounds' D.J. friends Sharon and Brian McGregor are once again hosting a fundraiser in $upport of our athletes sports programs and events!


Their Halloween Boo Bash event will be held on Saturday, October 28th at the Moose Lodge at 731 Wilson Rd. S. in Oshawa from 8 PM – 1 AM.


There will be prizes for the best costume, door prizes, spot dances and a light lunch.


NOTE: As this is a licensed (cash bar) event/venue, all attendees must be 19 years of age or older.


Tickets are $15.00 each, and are available from Margaret Camposeo (campogeo@hotmail.com OR 905-723-3579)

Calling All Skaters!

posted Sep 30, 2017, 6:19 PM by Communications Greater Durham   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 6:31 PM ]

BINGO Night - September 12th

posted Sep 2, 2017, 9:26 AM by Communications Greater Durham



TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017, 6:30 – 9:45 P.M.




COST $15.00, incl. “Bingo pkg.”




The Canadian Progress Club, one of our on-going sponsors, is hosting Charity Fundraiser Night at Delta Bingo Hall (details above) for Greater Durham Special Olympics.  Your support of this event supports our programs.


For more information or to order tickets, please contact Bob Dunlop at dunlops@sympatico.ca.


FALL/WINTER REGISTRATION - Dates, Locations and Times

posted Aug 15, 2017, 9:48 AM by Communications Greater Durham

Special Olympics Ontario - Greater Durham
2017/18 Fall/Winter Sports
There will be three locations to register.  Please note that you must register for a program at one of these locations.

** If athletes (or their representative) attend one of the above in-person registration dates they will be given a $5 discount per sport!

Athletes will not be able to participate in a program until all registration forms have been filled out and received.

New athletes cannot participate in a sport until they are registered with Special Olympics Ontario.



‘ARC Industries’, 177 Dowty Road, AJAX
Wednesday August 23, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

‘Glen Stewart’ Clubhouse, 201 Cabot Street, OSHAWA
Sunday August 27, 2017
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
‘Community Living Durham North’, 60 Vanedward Drive, Unit 2, PORT PERRY
Monday August 28, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:00PM

Basketball (Ajax):  

Registration - $45

Mondays at Pickering High School, Ajax (6 PM - 7:15 PM for the ‘Learn To’/Rec, 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM for the ‘D’ and ‘C’ levels competitive programs)

Start Date: September 25, 2017 (until the end of March 2018)

Basketball (Oshawa): 

Registration - $45

Mondays at Maxwell Heights High School, Oshawa 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Start Date:  September 25, 2017


Registration - $15

Tuesdays at Queen Elizabeth Public School, Oshawa 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Start Date:  October 10, 2017


Bowling 5 Pin (Ajax): 

Registration - $15.  Additional weekly lane fees.

Fridays at Ajax Bowl 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Start Date:  September 8, 2017

Bowling 5 Pin (Oshawa): 

Registration - $15.  Additional weekly lane fees.

Wednesdays at NEBS, Oshawa 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Start Date: September 13, 2017 (until April 11, 2018)

Bowling 10 Pin (Oshawa): 

Registration $15.  Additional weekly lane fees.

Saturdays at Leisure Lanes, Oshawa 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Start Date:  September 9, 2017

Figure Skating / Learn-To / Speed Skating:

Figure Skating - Registration is $467* with ‘Skate Canada’ required competition registration fee (or $430* w/o it – you pay to a generic skating club).

Note - All figure skating athletes who want to compete in a Special Olympics competition have to be registered with the G.D.S.O./S.O.O. (fee of $15.), even if they just skate with a generic club and not the ‘Ajax Rising Stars’.

Learn To – Registration is $230*

Speed Skating – Registration is $355 *   For those requiring rental of speed skates, this will be done through DSSC (Durham Speed Skating Club).

* Installment payments can be worked out with the G.D.S.O. community ‘Treasurer’.

Programs run on Sundays (2:00 PM for Figure Skating / 2:40 PM for Learn-To / 3:20 PM for Speed Skating) at the Ajax Community Centre Pad 2.   Twenty-five (25) Sunday sessions.

Start Date: September 17, 2017 (until the end of March 2018)


Floor Hockey: 

Registration - $35

Tuesdays at Roland Michener Public School, Ajax 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Start Date: September 26, 2017 (until the end of March 2018)

Rhythmic Gymnastics (Port Perry):

Registration - $25

Tuesdays at Good Shepherd School, Port Perry 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Start Date: September 18, 2017


Rhythmic Gymnastics (Whitby and Pickering): 

Registration - $25 for one night, $45 for two nights.

Thursdays at St. Marguerite D’Youville School, Whitby 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Start Date: September 14 , 2017

Fridays at Pickering Athletics Centre 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Start Date: September 15, 2017

Nordic Skiing/Snowshoeing: 

Registration - $15

Program start date to be determined by weather and head coach.

Swimming (Oshawa): 

Registration - $15 Additional weekly pool use fee.

Thursdays at Donovan Pool, Oshawa 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Start date: September 28, 2017

Note: this program is currently at capacity, a wait list will be maintained by the G.D.S.O. community ‘Registrar’ and head coach

Swimming (Uxbridge): 

Registration - $15

Thursdays at the UxPool, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Start date: TBA

Note: this program is currently at capacity, a wait list will be maintained by the G.D.S.O. community ‘Registrar’ and head coach


Active Start (2-6 yrs. old) & FUNdamentals (7 - 12 yrs. old)

Registration - $15

Saturdays at Lincoln Alexander School, Ajax

(Active Start) 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (FUNdamentals) 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Start date:  October 14 for 10 weeks



New and/or currently registered SOO/GDSO volunteers that are able to help with any of the above programs should send an email to: greaterdurham.info@specialolympicsontario.ca

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