Building Safe Sport: Protecting Youth from Sexual Abuse

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Event Date: Nov. 21, 2017


Vancity Theatre
Event Address: 
1181 Seymour St
Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8

Join viaSport on November 21st for an impactful and empowering day of expert-led discussion, policy development, and networking on protecting youth from sexual abuse in sport.
In partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, and the Respect Group, viaSport is uniting leaders who are passionate about making the changes needed so that sport is a safe and welcoming place for all children.
With an estimated 2-8% of (reported) athletes experiencing sexual abuse in sport, events like this are critical to driving change within the system.
This is an open event for anyone who wishes to attend and impact change within sport in B.C.
Capacity is limited so register today to secure your spot.
Featured Speakers:
  • Sheldon Kennedy, Founder, Respect Group & former NHL player
  • Wayne McNeil, Founder, Respect Group
  • Lorraine Lafrenière, CEO, Coaching Association of Canada
  • Shelley Coolidge, Manager of Professional Coaching Services, Coaching Association of Canada
  • Sheila Bouman, CEO, viaSport B.C.
  • Noni Classen, Director of Education, Canadian Centre for Child Protection
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM | Introduction and Welcome - Lorraine Lafrenière
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Film Screening: Swift Current
A feature length documentary exploring former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy's journey from young hockey player sexually abused by his junior hockey coach to his work today as a crusader for victims of abuse in Canada and worldwide
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM | Break
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | Panel Discussion
Moderator: Lorraine Lafrenière
Panelists: Sheldon Kennedy, Wayne McNeil, Shelley Coolidge, Sheila Bouman, Noni Classen
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Lunch and Networking
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM | Policy Development Workshop
Facilitated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, sport organizations will have the opportunity to engage around critical policy changes, (toward protecting children from abuse) and how to identify, address, and prevent sexual abuse within sport.