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Date of Birth: 1949
Daniel Johnson was born July 15, 1949, and graduated from Kelvin High School in 1969, after which, in the late 1970s, he went on to teach physical education at Prince Charles School, a school for individuals with mental disabilities. Encouraging his students to develop their physical fitness, Johnson was the first gym teacher to enter athletes with mental disabilities into high-school cross-country events. Following the 1978 Canadian Special Olympics Games in Regina, he quit his teaching job to devote his time fully to the Special Olympics in Manitoba. In 1980, Manitoba Special Olympics (MSO) was created, with Johnson as the Executive Director. Ultimately, Johnson wrote what would eventually be accepted as the program model for Canadian Special Olympics. In 2000 Johnson was inducted as an Honoured Member by the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.