Special Olympics Manitoba is a volunteer-based organization. Currently over 800 coaches, officials, fundraisers, and administrators provide support to our over 1900 athletes and make a difference in their lives.

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Without your time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm, who take a little time out of your busy schedules to make the world a better place, we would simply not exist. Our success depends on the dedication and skills of our many volunteers.

Benefits of Volunteering with SOM

  1. Help athletes with an intellectual disability achieve their goals and reach their full potential
  2. Improve your interpersonal and/or administrative skills for personal and professional development
  3. Build your resume
  4. Build friendships and make networking connections
  5. Pursue training and continuing education
  6. Stay active in sport and in your community
  7. Use your skills to help others
  8. Gain volunteer hours for school programs
  9. Participate in recognition events
  10. Most importantly, experience the joy of working with our athletes and capture the spirit of Special Olympics!


Step 1: Fill out application form

In order to get started with us, enroll through our registration portal. Once we receive your application, SOM will contact you within seven business days about the next steps in the onboarding process.

Step 2: Volunteer forms and screening

All volunteers are required to complete the Volunteer Orientation, as well as fill out the necessary volunteer forms to complete the onboarding process. The level of screening in the process varies according to the level of responsibility in each volunteer position. This is for risk management purposes to ensure all volunteers and athletes are safe and protected.

Step 3: Volunteer Placement

After submission of all volunteer forms and approval of your application, SOM will contact you and offer a volunteer position if a successful match is made between your abilities, skills, and an available position. If you decide to accept the offer, a start date will be discussed with you. You will then receive information on the next steps for training.

For more information about volunteering, contact Lesley Camaso-Catalan, Manager, Program Services, at 204.925.5625 (toll-free 1.888.333.9179) or


Event Volunteer

Experience the energy of a Special Olympics Manitoba event! Spend an exciting day at a competition timing races, measuring long jumps, serving lunches and much more. Special Olympics Manitoba also holds many fund raising events throughout the year. Attend one of these fun events as a volunteer and assist with raffle tickets, auction, set-up and take part in the production of a huge event.

Committee Volunteer

Share your expertise and talents on a planning committee. Gain new leadership and organizational skills, or utilize your creative side in putting on a fund raising event or competition. You can also donate your skills to the regional leadership team, a committee that supports the programs and activities of each Special Olympics region in Manitoba. Meet new people and take pride in making things happen!

Office Support Volunteer

Are you available during the daytime and enjoy the office environment? Spend a few hours assisting staff with a mail-out, data entry or filing. Build your resume and gain new skills.

Other Volunteer Positions

Do you have a unique talent to offer Special Olympics Manitoba? We have photographers, singers for the National Anthem, newsletter designers, etc. Let us know what your skills are and we will explore a possible match within the needs of the organization.

Registering as an Operational Volunteer - (including Event, Committee, and Administrator Volunteers)