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CAAWS In the Loop Newsletter – September 2007

September 21, 2007 – Here is the latest from the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS): CAAWS and Levitt Family recognize 5 young women; CAAWS releases Active & Free resource book; Leadership Training Opportunities – CAAWS Call for Facilitators; In the News; Upcoming Events; VIEWS – Point of View Event in Saskatoon; Funding Opportunities; Celebration Noticeboard

CAAWS and Levitt Family recognize 5 young women

Five young women were recognized for their sport and community contributions as recipients of the 2007 Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship. These young women, of different ages and from various regions of the country, share two things in common. They all have a passion and outstanding dedication to their sports ideals and serve as role models for others.

2007 Recipients

– Shanna Davy, Prescott, Ontario – Artistic Gymnastics
– Rachael Gardner, Ottawa, Ontario – Modern Pentathlon
– Kaley Gilham, Red Deer, Alberta – Baseball/Volleyball
– Claudia Larouche, La Baie, Québec & St. John’s , Newfoundland -Athlete/Sports Journalist
– Tameecka Osbourne, Toronto, Ontario – Basketball

This is the 11th year that a $2,500 gift has been awarded in memory of Stacey Levitt by her family to a young woman, or to a girls’ team or sport organization, that exemplifies Stacey’s ideals and qualities of participation, sheer joy of camaraderie, competition and teamwork.

Stacey’s parents, Cheryl and Ned Levitt of Toronto, selected this year’s recipients from 375 applicants. The 2007 Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship is divided equally among the five individual recipients. They will each receive $500 and a copy of the book I Am a Rose, which is a compilation of poetry written by Stacey Levitt.

Background information and photos here.

CAAWS releases Active & Free resource book

CAAWS is pleased to publish Active & Free – Young women, physical activity and tobacco, a practical tool to support your work in encouraging a healthy lifestyle for young women by keeping them physically active and tobacco-free – for life. This updated resource booklet has been designed to be used by people who care about young women’s health — teachers, recreation leaders, parents, coaches, and health promoters. We hope Active & Free will assist you in your efforts to keep young girls tobacco-free, and to encourage them to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle.

English and French versions of the resource are available free of charge in a downloadable PDF format from the CAAWS web site here.

A limited number of hard copies are also available free of charge, with a small fee to cover shipping costs. Please email caaws@caaws.ca for more information.

Leadership Training Opportunities – CAAWS Call for Facilitators

CAAWS is currently seeking qualified individuals to join its team of Women and Leadership facilitators. The Leadership program consists of five professional development sessions designed for adult women working and volunteering in the sport and/or active living communities. The session topics are: Effective Networking, Creating Work Life Balance, Effective Communication, Influencing Change, and Conflict Resolution.

CAAWS has also recently developed a youth leadership workshop designed for girls and young women (ages 15-20) involved in sport, recreation and physical activity as athletes, coaches, volunteers who hope to continue to contribute to sport in their future career or through volunteer activities. This interactive workshop is called Unleash your Leadership Potential: A workshop for young women.

These one-day training sessions will be conducted this fall (2007):

Halifax: October 13 – Youth Leadership Training (hosted by CAAWS)
Halifax: October 14 – Youth Leadership Training (hosted by CAAWS)
Edmonton: October 19-20-21 – Youth Leadership Training and Leadership Training for Conflict Resolution and Influencing Change Workshops (hosted by InMotion Network)

For more information, click here.

Contact: Krista Benoit, CAAWS Women and Leadership Program Manager kbenoit@caaws.ca

In the News

UNICEF and FIFA kick off Goals for Girls! Campaign to promote rights

The United Nations Children’s Fund and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) have kicked off a new Goals for Girls! Campaign to promote education, gender equality and women’s rights through sport. Launched in conjunction with the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007, Goals for Girls! will use the competition as a platform to explain how educating girls not only helps eliminate gender discrimination but also contributes to addressing many of the most serious problems their communities face. The UNICEF-FIFA campaign promotes the child-friendly school model, offering both genders a quality education in a safe environment, even in emergency situations. UNICEF also works with partners and governments to remove barriers to education, including school fees and lack of access.

More information is available here.

Recreation Nova Scotia Research Report – The Volunteer Experience of Women in Sport and Recreation

Recreation Nova Scotia has released a research report, The Volunteer Experience of Women in Sport and Recreation, to serve as a provincial benchmark for female volunteerism within the sport and recreation sector in Nova Scotia. It also provides critical data which can be used to develop strategies to address the serious under-representation of female volunteers within the sector, particularly in leadership and decision-making positions.

The study was initiated by Recreation Nova Scotia, in collaboration with Sport Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection. A toolkit to assist clubs and organizations with recruitment and retention of female volunteers will be released later this fall.

Download the complete report here.

Upcoming Events: VIEWS – Point of View Event in Saskatoon, SK

Join CAAWS and Sask Sport Inc. for a free Point of View event taking place in conjunction with the Women in Sport & Physical Activity Conference in Saskatoon, SK on September 25 & 26, 2007. This mini-workshop on Tuesday evening, September 25th, will provide a professional development and networking opportunity for committed individuals. Anyone with an interest in promoting the importance of sport and physical activity for girls and women is invited to attend. Guest speakers will present on a variety of topics such as healthy body image, nutrition, leadership, mentoring and the evolution of the female athlete. The event will be followed by a wine & cheese reception and will include great door prizes and lots of fun.

Date: Tuesday, September 25

Cost: Free

For more information on the Saskatoon Point of View Event or the VIEWS program please click here.

Funding Opportunities:

Bell Canada and the True Sport Foundation Community Sport Funding Program

The 2007 Bell Community Sport Fund will help communities increase inclusion and accessibility in team sport programs for children and youth, aged four to seventeen. Over the next year, up to 140 communities in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec will benefit from $5,000 and $25,000 grants.

The 2007 True Sport Community Sport Fund will help communities increase inclusion and accessibility in team sport programs for children and youth, aged four to seventeen. Over the next year, communities in Yukon, North West Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland will benefit from $5,000 grants and $25,000 grants.

Bell Community Sport Fund deadline for applications: September 30, 2007

True Sport Foundation deadline for applications: October 31, 2007

For more information click:

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Celebration Noticeboard

Four women have been appointed to the Canadian Olympic Committee’s (COC)Team of Olympic Specialists designed to help Canada’s athletes achieve increased podium success at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Olympic coaches Debbie Muir (Calgary, Alta.) and Daniele Sauvageau (Deux-Montagnes, Que.) will each serve as a Beijing Coach Mentor. Penny Werthner(Ottawa, Ont.) will be the Beijing Sport Psychologist and Caroline Sharp(Carleton Place, Ont.) the Beijing Media Relations Specialist. Claire Carver-Dias has joined Synchro Canada as interim part-time Communications and Marketing Lead.

In the Loop wants to celebrate women moving into different positions within the sport and physical activity communities. Send career notices and changes to In the Loop c/o bmacdonald@caaws.ca to keep other women notified of new positions, promotions and opportunities.


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