Special Olympics PEI
40 Enman Crescent, Room 240
Charlottetown, PE C1E 1E6
1-800-287-1196 (toll free)
Special Olympics PEI Staff
Executive Director - Charity Sheehan
In December of 2013, Charity was appointed Executive Director of Special Olympics PEI. She started her involvement as a volunteer coach in 1997 and in 2001 started her career with Special Olympics PEI as Program Director. Charity is a graduate of the Holland College Sport & Leisure Management Program and remains active with the program through an advisory committee. Charity has attended numerous multi-sport games over the past two decades including being mission staff at three Special Olympics World Games and two Canada Games. She has a passion for coach development, policy management and an overall love of sport.
Charity's primary areas of responsibility are:
- Organization Development - Strategic Planning, Fiscal Management and Partnership Development
- Fund Development - Events, Stewardship and Partnerships
- Risk Management - Policy Development
Program Director - Matthew McNally
Matthew has been working in the field of sport and recreation since graduating from the University of New Brunswick in 2010 and he has been working in his role as Program Director since September 2014. His role includes working with a team that focuses on enhancing Competition, Coach Education, Athlete Leadership, Healthier Communities and the development of Sports Programs for all ages. Matthew's sport of choice is basketball, where he is a National Officials Certification Program Level 3 basketball official. Matthew's daughter, Norah, is an Active Start athlete.
Matthew's primary areas of responsibility are:
- Health and Wellness Project Management
- Sport and Program Management
- Athlete Leadership Program
- Provincial Team Program (Team PEI)
- Database Management
manager - Sport & competitions - Genna Phelan
Genna started with Special Olympics PEI in November 2011 as Program Coordinator following the completion of her education, which includes a Sport and Leisure Management Diploma from Holland College, a Bachelor of Sociology and a Bachelor of Education, both from UPEI. Sport has always played an important role in Genna's life. Having played everything growing up, she still plays softball and hockey today, and coaches high performance hockey. Genna has been to 3 Canada Games, once as a trainer and twice as a coach in women's hockey.
Genna's Primary areas of responsibilities Are:
- Sport Program Development
- Coordinate, Promote, and Implement a Year Round Sports Training Program
- Technical Lead on all Special Olympics PEI Sport Events - Rules, Scheduling, Procedures and Policies
- Program Coordination - Coaches, Program Volunteers, Venues, Equipment
manager - communications, fund development, schools & youth - Sarah Profitt-Wagner
Sarah first worked for Special Olympics PEI through an internship program for new university graduates in 2011. Following the internship Sarah took the opportunity to work overseas and do some travelling, which, along with sport, is one of Sarah's major passions. Upon returning to Canada in late 2014 Sarah began volunteering with Special Olympics PEI. Shortly thereafter Sarah accepted the position as Membership Services Coordinator. Sarah is a graduate of McGill University. A former competitive Rhythmic Gymnast, Sarah played a role is bringing the sport to Special Olympics PEI and is a volunteer coach with the Charlottetown Rhythmic Gymnastics program.
Sarah's Primary Areas of Responsibility Are:
- Youth Development - School Partnership Programs, Unified Bocce, and Community Youth Programs
- Social Media & Communications
- Fund Development - Events, Partnerships, and Donor Stewardship
Engagement Specialist - healthy communities and law enforcement torch run - kristen macdonald
Kristen joined the Special Olympics PEI staff in spring of 2018, coming to the organization from her Games Manager role of the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships hosted in PEI. Kristen’s passion for working with youth with and without intellectual disabilities in sport has been showcased through her coaching and administrative roles in sport development and performance for the past 15 years. She is volunteer coach for Special Olympics PEI Speed Skating.
Kristen's Primary areas of responsibilities Are:
- Healthy Communities Project - Engaging Health Care Professionals and Partners
- PEI Law Enforcement Torch Run - Committee and Event Support
sport developer - Ellen Murphy
Ellen first joined the Special Olympics PEI team as a summer student in 2017 after graduating from the BScHK program at the University of St. FX. The following summer Ellen rejoined the team while simultaneously completing the internship for her Master’s. Since completing her Master’s in Human Kinetics with a concentration in Sport Management from the University of Ottawa in December 2018 Ellen has joined the team full time, as the Health and Membership Management Coordinator. Ellen has been involved in sport from a young age playing a number of sports over the years, and continues to be involved in rugby as an athlete, coach and volunteer.
Ellen's Primary areas of responsibilities Are:
- Sport Development
- Volunteer and Athlete Management
- Database Management
fund development specialist - margie villard