Cranbrook’s multi-time Special Olympics medalist Erin Thom named Sam Steele Parade Marshal


Celebrating the spirit of Cranbrook, the Sam Steele Society is excited to announce that multi-time Special Olympics Gold Medalist and local legend Erin Thom will lead the 2019 Sam Steele Days Grand Parade as this year’s Parade Marshal.

Born and raised in Cranbrook, Thom has been competing in Special Olympics, representing her country and community, for 27 years. She has attended five National Winter Games, five World Winter Games, one National Summer Games and one World Summer Games. She has captured nine Gold, 10 Silver and three Bronze medals – mostly in skiing. Thom also participates in swimming, basketball, softball, five-pin bowling, curling and golfing.

In 2013, Thom was honoured with an Athletic Achievement Award from Special Olympics British Columbia (SOBC).

Over the years, Thom has been a familiar face at many community events. In 2010, she was the final torch bearer and cauldron lighter when the Olympic Cauldron stopped in Cranbrook. She has taken part in two Rick Hanson Torch Runs, including a celebration of the 25th Anniversary Rick Hanson Man in Motion. And she’s no stranger to Sam Steele Days, joining Canadian Olympic rower Ben Rutledge when he was Parade Marshal.

Always seeking new challenges, Thom has joined the SOBC Athlete Leadership Program, along with Ben Stein, to raise awareness of Special Olympics and the opportunities available to people with intellectual disabilities. They present to various groups in Cranbrook.

Sam Steele Days Society Chair Carrie Schafer said Thom was the perfect choice for marshal considering this year’s theme centres around people who have made a difference in Cranbrook.

“Erin is an amazing athlete and a true inspiration to our community,” said Schafer. “As we salute the people, the history and the future of Cranbrook I am proud Erin will be the 2019 Parade Marshal.”

The Grande Parade, sponsored by St. Eugene Resort & Casino, is on Saturday, June 15, and it starts at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, see


Just Posted

First Nations included in latest Columbia River Treaty talks

Seventh round of negotiations between Canada and U.S. wrap up in Washington D.C.

Runners hit the streets for Special Olympics

Cranbrook RCMP teamed up with Cranbrook Safeway on Saturday, June 22, for… Continue reading

School board reports January malware attack

Email systems compromised at board office and Fernie Learning Centre, according to memo

Bowen Byram goes fourth overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft

The Cranbrook native was picked by the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL draft

Residents asked to leave ‘fawn in area’ signs alone

Signs are there for the protection of deer and people

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Top B.C. court upholds ruling that struck down indefinite solitary confinement

Feds had appealed ruling in case brought by B.C. Civil Liberties Association, John Howard Society

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Heroism medal for B.C. woman who tried to save wheelchair-bound man stuck on rail tracks

Julie Callaghan awarded Carnegie Medal from U.S.-based foundation for ‘extraordinary heroism’

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

What’s on at the Library

Mike Selby Ian Frisch describes the experience of joining an underground and… Continue reading

B.C. students’ camping trip goes ahead despite tents getting stolen

Nanaimo businesses, school staff and parents ensure trip goes on

Disaster relief: four tips for coping with wildfires, smoky skies

Being shrouded in smoke or having to flee from wildfires can cause anxiety, stress, depression

Most Read