NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON AT THE SPORT’S CELEBRITIES’ BREAKFAST IN SUPPORT OF HOMETOWN HEROES

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.  First of all, before introducing our guest speaker, I want to assure all athletes in this room that I am an Ottawa Senator, not the kind that plays hockey every day, but the kind that plays politics.

 

When I first joined the Special Olympics team two years ago, I wasn’t sure I had the ability to make the team, but then at the National Winter Games in Prince Edward Island and the World Games in Nagano, Japan I received my first hugs.

I haven’t been hugged this much since my honeymoon.

 

My inspiration comes from two sources: our Down Syndrome son who passed away many years ago, I loved him, I love children and I love sport.  The other source of inspiration is Ottawa’s Special Olympic World Champion Raymond Rockburn.  It’s in that spirit that I would like to introduce our guest speaker Tom Wright.

 

A compassionate caring gentleman who is the Chair of Special Olympics Canada

A tireless advocate for the Special Olympics movement over the last decade, this man is an accomplished and respected business and community leader.

 

His 20 years of experience in the sports marketing industry has been an invaluable addition to the Canadian Special Olympics organization.

 

Under his sound leadership and guidance, as Commissioner of the C.F.L., the Canadian Football League has undergone a renaissance.  The league has experienced rising attendance, increased corporate sponsorship and higher television ratings.

 

He has also helped bring new ownership to the franchises in Toronto and Hamilton.

 

Most importantly though this man is an active and involved family man, which I am sure we can all agree, is the most important thing.

 

Please join me in welcoming, Mr. Tom Wright.