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Deborah Bright, BA'90, MA'92

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President & Chief Executive Officer,Special Olympics Canada

Deborah Bright is currently the president and chief executive officer of Special Olympics Canada. It is a position that she has held since November 2005.

Deborah brings a deep passion for Special Olympics and an innate understanding of the organization from the chapter level right through to the national board.

Her involvement with the global sport movement dates back to 1992 when she joined Special Olympics Ontario as the technical director, establishing professional training for staff, and regional and provincial coordinators.

She remained with the provincial office until 1994 when she transferred to Special Olympics Canada as national program director, a position she held for five years. During this time Deborah's responsibilities included the development of the national Games' bid package, ongoing program management liaison with Special Olympics provincial and territorial chapters and direction of the national team program for three Special Olympics World Games. She was also integrally involved in government relations through Sport Canada as well as strategic planning and annual budgeting.

Deborah also served as a board member for Special Olympics Alberta.

Special Olympics Canada Previously, Deborah was vice-president of marketing at The Calgary Herald. With the Herald for five years, from 2000 to 2005, she moved into progressively more senior positions, settling into this senior leadership role in 2004 where she spearheaded solid growth in both circulation and revenues.

As part of the Heralds senior management team, Deborah also solidified the paper's overall position as one of the leading publications in CanWest's national portfolio.

Deborah holds both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education (1990) and a Masteries Degree in Sports Administration (1992) from Western University. She is currently completing her Masters of Business Administration at Schulich School of Business at Toronto's York University.


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