CEO Michelle Carney Blog Post - November

18th December 2018

'A note from the Chair'

As we head to the end of 2018 it is both a pleasure and exciting to announce that Michelle Carney is now the permanent CEO of Special Olympics GB. 
 
Michelle brings to the organisation great experience, skills, connections and passion for both intellectual disability and sport.  She has been doing an incredible job since joining the organisation, and the Board believe that Michelle is going to lead the organisation forward to even greater things. 
 
2018 has been a pivotal year in Special Olympics GB’s history, yes there were challenges but these were balanced by the amazing things that have been achieved - by the Athletes, the Volunteers and organisation.  We have been extremely fortunate this year to have incredible support from both new partners our old friends.
 
Whether a Volunteer, Family member, partner, or staff member thank you for all that you have done this year.  As our attention turns to Christmas, to time with friends and family, and to a well earned rest from training we can all look forward to an exciting 2019 for Special Olympics GB…. Merry Christmas.

CEO Update and Christmas Wishes 

As we close 2018, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for the welcome that I have been given from the whole Special Olympics family.  I am absolutely humbled and privileged to have been offered the permanent role and commit myself to Special Olympics for the future.  I am really excited about what we can all achieve together. 

It's been a tough year and a year of transition and change, but through that, there has been some great success, a lot of laughter and fun, and success on and off the field. 

We've said goodbye to a few members of staff this year, and I'd like to thank them for all the work they've done over the years for SOGB.  More recently Emily Onley and Peju Oriunuta, who have both been with SOGB for many years have left to pursue new opportunities.  Emily and Peju have contributed enormously to SOGB and we wish them well moving forward.  Sadly, Chris Hull has decided to step down from his communications consultancy role at the end of the year to take up a new challenge in the USA. As many of you know, Chris has done an incredible job in helping to tell the stories of our many wonderful athletes and share this over many media channels.  We will miss his energy and enthusiasm for the movement. We thank you Chris, and wish you well with your new challenge! 

If you still have Christmas shopping to do, why don't you use one of the links below, so you can donate to SOGB at the same time as buying your Christmas pressies!   We have also launched a special fundraising campaign to raise £100 a day for 100 days for our athletes going to the World Summer Games 2019 - please share the link with your friends and family! 

I'd like to thank all our loyal supporters, partners and donors who continue to support our work, and a big thank you to our staff and board members who have worked so hard in difficult circumstances during 2018.  Our biggest thanks go to our amazing army of dedicated volunteers, our inspiring athletes and the incredible families who give up so much time to make Special Olympics work! 

I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy the festive period and here's to a bright, successful and happy 2019! xx

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