Vernon Special Olympics golfer Vernon Doncaster (left) and coach Karen Truesdale help announce the first Vernon Golf Spectacular June 20

Partnership key to golf tourney

Kindale and Special Olympics have announced the 2015 Vernon Golf Spectacular

Two organizations have linked up for a fun day on the links.

The Kindale Developmental Association and Special Olympics B.C. Vernon have announced the 2015 Vernon Golf Spectacular, sponsored by Telus, set for June 20 at the Vernon Golf and Country Club.

“It’s going to be a super interesting different event,” said Karen Truesdale, a project coordinator for Kindale and a Special Olympics volunteer coach who served as emcee for the golf announcement at the Vernon Golf and Country Club.

Britta Gretzmacher, Special Olympics volunteer, and Cindy Masters, Kindale developmental officer, have been named co-chairs for the Vernon Golf Spectacular, which aims to feature special athletes and special sports pros for a day of golf, fun and prizes.

“Special Olympics B.C. Vernon is thrilled to work together with Kindale on this event,” said Gretzmacher.

“This partnership is a natural fit. Through training and competitions, Special Olympic athletes empower themselves and inspire everyone around them as they set and achieve goals, build pride and confidence with their accomplishments and forge valued friendships.”

Among the local athletes on hand for the announcement was Special Olympics golf whiz Vernon Doncaster, a member at VGCC.

Like Special Olympics, partnerships are important to Kindale.

“There are significant strengths in working together to enhance the lives of people in our community,” said Masters. “Special Olympics and Kindale make a difference on a daily basis to people who are sometimes the most vulnerable members of our community but are, all too often, neglected or forgotten.”

Telus’ general manager for the southern Interior, Steve Jenkins, called the sponsorship for the golf tournament “an outstanding opportunity.”

“It’s really in our fabric, in our DNA, that we have to give where we live,” said Jenkins.

“In order to do business in communities and be successful, we need to enable communities. These types of activities are paramount to what we are about.”

Registration forms and sponsorship opportunities for the golf event can be found online at



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dance stages Indigenous identity quest in Vernon

Tlakentli merges dance and theatre with two artists from Mexico, of Nahua and Mixteco descent

Pumphouse project puts Vernon taps back on Kal

The capital project at the Kal Lake Pump House to make it flood-resistant is near completion

Accident causing traffic delays in Vernon

The accident happened near the intersection of Alexis Park Drive and 42nd Street

Carlton Cards to close its doors in Vernon

All 254 retail stores across North America will close in the next four to six weeks

Okanagan among Canada’s most at-risk habitats: WWF report

Report found the Okanagan is inadequately protected despite being a hotspot for at-risk species

UBCO students raise funds for those affected by Philippine volcano eruption

All proceeds will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation C-130 crashes in Australia

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

New nasal spray launched in Canada to combat hypoglycemic shock in diabetics

Baqsimi is a nasal spray contains three milligrams of glucagon

B.C. RCMP spent roughly $750K on massive manhunt for Port Alberni men

Manitoba RCMP helped with 17-day search through the province’s northern terrain

Future space homes could be made of mushrooms

NASA explores use of fungi to build structures in space

Empty speedboat sinks off Kelowna shore on Okanagan Lake

This is the third report of a boat found in the lake in the past two weeks

Man killed by police in Lytton called 911, asking to be shot: RCMP

Howard Schantz, also known as Barry Schantz was killed following a standoff at his Lytton home

Most Read