Etherington Brothers Awarded The Meritorious Service Decorations Medal

The Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) are given to those who perform exceptional deeds that bring honour to our country.

This February, the Etherington brothers are being presented this tremendous award for their volunteer work with motionball for Special Olympics over the past 15+ years.
Unbeknownst to many, Paul, Mark, and Sean are 100% volunteers, spending over 40% of their time working on the growth of motionball.
For those unaware, motionball is a not-for-profit organization that builds awareness and raises funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation (SOCF), targeting a “next generation” of supporters – Canada’s professional crowd who are not defined by their age but rather their mind-set.
The reason the brothers volunteer so much of their time towards the the Special Olympics Canada movement? They do it for the hope of creating opportunities for the 45,000 Canadian Special Olympics athletes and the 900,000 Canadians living with an intellectual disability.
If you were to ask one of the brothers what they are most proud of, they would steadfastly say the team of volunteers and staff across the country who have embraced their goal to make a difference. Together, they are bringing communities together to engage with Special Olympics athletes and to educate, integrate and most importantly celebrate alongside them.
A wise man once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Ending with these poignant words of the late Winston Churchill which we feel truly embody the heart of the Etherington brothers: Paul, Sean, and Mark, you are changing lives with all that you give.