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



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