Events like the 2017 Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games don’t just come together by themselves. They take time and effort and planning.
One of the great volunteers on the Winter Games Management Team is Jane Dunne. Jane is responsible for making all the housing arrangements for the winter games.
We caught up with Jane a little before the opening ceremonies on February 28th to learn more about her.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I grew up in northern New Jersey but have lived in Maryland since the late 70s
WHERE DO YOU WORK AND WHAT DO YOU DO AT WORK?
I work for a cardiovascular medical society developing and organizing conferences. I actually do this for two organizations – the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
WHAT HOBBIES DO YOU ENJOY?
I love to read, walk, attend live theater as well as see movies, spend time with my grandkids and travel
HOW DID YOUR LOVE FOR THE OSCRS BEGIN AND WHY?
I have always loved movies and that lead to watching the Oscars to complain about their lousy choice of movies and to see some of the bizarre outfits on the red carpet.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS MARYLAND?
I first started volunteering in 2000 when Jim Myrick contacted me when he was still active with Montgomery County to assist with the MC basketball team. As everyone that knows me is aware, I have no athletic skills so I talked my son into helping as he needed community service hours in order to graduate and he loves to play basketball. That summer I worked in the control center and was approached about getting involved in the winter games.
WHAT ROLE DO YOU HAVE ON THE WINTER GAMES MANAGEMENT TEAM?
I am support services director so I work on housing and meals.
DO YOU HAVE OTHER ROLES OR GAMES YOU ARE INVOLVED IN?
I work on housing for the summer games as well as track staging.
WHY DID YOU SEEK TO VOLUNTEER WITH SOMD
I had an opportunity to work with some children with developmental delays when my son started in the pre-school education program when he was 6 months old. At that time I thought I would get involved with SOMD but it wasn’t until 15 years later that I reached out to volunteer.
ARE THERE ANY MOMENTS THAT REALLY STAND OUT FOR YOU AS A VOLUNTEER?
In my capacity as housing coordinator, I do not have as much contact with the athletes but I always enjoy seeing and hearing the excitement from the athletes being able to participate and showing off their awards whether it is a gold or a participation they are so proud.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST OR MOST IMPACTFUL MOMENT DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING?
When I work at the summer games doing track staging, I love watching the interaction between the athletes and escorts. It always moves me to see the young volunteers get so involved in the events.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I hate to cook but used to bake for a restaurant in Seattle. I have traveled all over the world for business and pleasure but still have two continents to visit, Australia and Antarctica.
Thanks Jane for all your hard work on Winter Games and helping make everything run smoothly for all the athletes and delegations.
This article was written by Special Olympics Maryland