October 23rd was Special Olympics Day and what a great day it was! School kids, residents and hockey fans showed their support by purchasing red laces and painting North Bay red! Local organizations like Canadore College, Lakeshore Dental Care, the Ferris Lions Club, KidSport and the OHL Battalion gave generously. Schools boasted stellar contributions and plans to adopt an athlete. Even Mother Nature gave us a warm Fall day with plenty of sunshine. The day was filled to the max with special Burger World breakfasts, RBC BBQ lunches and bake sales, school assemblies, and the sale of red laces all over the city, ending with an OHL hockey game at Memorial Gardens, where both teams wore red laces.
While the day was filled with lots smiles and cheers, we also took the time to respect those affected by the week's tragic events in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Our colour party, pictured above with Chief Cook and Special Olympian Ben, honoured Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and W.O. Patrice Vincent by leading a moment of silence tribute to them on centre ice.
A standing ovation and cheer followed for Ben, who stole the show with the best puck drop ever!