Builder Award

 2005 Inductee

Chris King
Born:  Windsor, Ontario


Special Olympics

Chris King began volunteering in 1981 with Region 1 Special Olympics.  He attended monthly meetings in Chatham and spoke with many community groups seeking support for this organization.  It was his hope to provide recreational activities for developmentally disabled people in the Sarnia area.

In 1985 Chris and Bill Mills, an Ontario Special Olympic representative arranged a meeting with

Special needs athletes Scott Laking and Gene Siebert to organize the first Special Olympics Floor Hockey team for Sarnia.  Chris booked the St. Clair High School gym and the rest is history.  The team began play in Region 4 under the name of the Sarnia Capitals.

Chris King has helped develop other events for Special Olympic athletes such as swimming, 5 and 10 pin bowling, soccer, track and field, skiing and power lifting.  Chris has booked funding events and arranged transportation to various tournaments.  Chris has run the annual Torch Run which raises money for the Special Olympics and participated in the Radio-Thon with the Sarnia Police to raise funds to run the various events.

Chris became the co-ordinator for the Lambton County Special Olympics and chairs the monthly meetings for all the Lambton County Special Olympic teams. 

In 1992 Chris was on the Mayors Honour List for outstanding service to people and the City of Sarnia.  He also received recognition from the Federal and Provincial Governments for outstanding contributions.  In 1997 he received the Recognition Award for his time and effort with all athletes and volunteers of Region One.  The Walter Herbert Carruthers Award was then awarded to Chris in 1999 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the mentally challenged.

Chris teaches Developmentally Challenged students at the Alexander MacKenzie Secondary School and during his first year of teaching in 1983 he co-ordinated the first 5 pin bowling tournament for developmentally challenged school aged children.

This individual who gives his time and commitment to those less fortunate while still devoting time to family and profession is truly a "Man For All Seasons". 

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