Laurie Boucher, Mayor of Antigonish, says the games will have a lasting impact.
“Our restaurants are full, our downtown is just booming with people visiting up and down Main Street, our hotels are all booked up so the immediate economic impact is phenomenal. But there’s also one more aspect that’s good for the community and that’s bringing the community together. We knew that we could pull it off, a national event of this size and our community really came together.”
More than 1,000 volunteers made the Special Olympics possible. Many of them were local residents,
“We have a lot of residents that event took vacation time so they could have this week to volunteer and they’re just enjoying it so much,” added Boucher. Among the volunteers were several local businesses, who provided medical screening and services for athletes. Through the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Program, participants were given access to hearing tests, eye exams and even had the opportunity to get new prescription glasses, all free of charge.
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