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This month we have a special feature submitted by our friends at

the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games! 



Victoria Nolan walking with her guide dog, Alan, through the halls at Gledhill Public School in Toronto where she works as a special education teacher.

Victoria Nolan 

Tickets for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games are officially on sale, and Victoria Nolan is not only excited to be a spectator, but also to volunteer at them. As a motivational speaker, author and Paralympian, Victoria has overcome countless obstacles. Her spirit will undoubtedly inspire others to volunteer for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

At the age of 18, Victoria was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that starts with night blindness, followed by a progressive narrowing of vision. By the time she had her second child, Victoria lost the majority of her eyesight, but she never let her vision loss make her feel defeated.

Instead, she decided to try something new and took up rowing at age 31. Through dedication, strength and commitment, Victoria gained a spot on Canada’s para-rowing team and went on to race in the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games.

Victoria has travelled around the world and has experienced several multi-sport Games with great success, but what she remembers the most is the spirit, enthusiasm and passion of the volunteers.  



Now, Victoria has the chance to be at the heart of the excitement as a volunteer with the TORONTO 2015 Games. She was thrilled to apply because of her love for sports, especially her passion for rowing. She knows first-hand how inspiring an international multi-sport Games are and wants to be part of creating the excitement for spectators and athletes coming in the summer of 2015. She believes she will be contributing to the many proud moments to come for Toronto, the Greater Golden Horseshoe region and across the country.

Although she’s retired as a rower, Victoria still uses her experience to teach others life lessons. She has served on the CNIB’s Board of Directors and she has written a curriculum on inclusion for people with physical disabilities. As a special education teacher at Gledhill Public School in east Toronto, Victoria uses her story to encourage her students that volunteering is important and that they can do anything they put their minds to. 


Victoria Nolan (fourth from left) rowing on Canada’s para-rowing team during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. 


 Victoria Nolan (third from left) with the
para-rowing team after winning gold and breaking the world record at the 2010 World Rowing Championships in Karapiro, New Zealand.

Victoria’s Advice for Those Looking to Volunteer for the TORONTO 2015 Games

"Definitely do it! It is going to be an amazing experience in so many ways. We’ll make sure visitors have a memorable experience, we’ll help athletes perform at their best and we’ll celebrate phenomenal achievements in sport by building pride in our country and our communities.

Volunteering at the Games also has a lot of great perks, such as the opportunity for a sneak peek of the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony with Cirque du Soleil.

Get involved by joining me for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Apply today at"





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