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Join Sport for Life to celebrate the latest Sport for Life ambassadors as we offer a variety of our virtual workshops—and
with NCCP professional development points available!


From June 12-24, join our next cohort of Learning Facilitators as they facilitate their first workshops alongside an
experienced Master Learning Facilitator.
 Registration for each workshop throughout the Education Series is open now!

Sign up today for one (or more!) of the selected workshops, for just $20 per workshop! Learn more here:

Dear Sport for Life Champions,

Join us for the French webinar:

Overcoming vs. Dismantling Barriers to Sport and Physical Activity for New to Canada Participants

Thursday, May 25, 2023 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT

Within the quality sport and physical literacy ecosystem, there are many barriers faced by New to Canada Participants. How can we dismantle them, so that everybody has access to these opportunities?

In this webinar, Ernest Edmond, co-founder and president of Les Ballons Intensifs, and Sarah Mazouz, former judoka and judo club owner, will discuss:


Sarah-Myriam Mazouz

A late bloomer in judo at the age of 22, Sarah Mazouz has carved out a niche for herself in the Canadian judo scene and then internationally with two Olympic qualifications (2016/2020) from her home country of Gabon.

Of Algerian origin, Sarah is proud to define herself today as a Quebecer, her home since 2003. After retiring from sport following the Tokyo Games, she continues to work in sport alongside her partner in their  Kiseki judo club and training center.

Sarah graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montreal. Wishing to do her part for the Quebec sport, she has just completed a DESS in management, sport management in the same university and is involved in various projects that affect newcomers and women’s judo.

Ernest Edmond

Born in Port-au-Prince, Ernest arrived in Quebec at the age of six. Curious and empathic by nature, his arrival in Montreal not only allowed him to pursue his personal development, but also opened his eyes to the many social inequalities that prevailed in both his native and host countries. Passionate about issues related to youth, sports and culture, he has been involved in causes such as the fight against poverty and discrimination, the development of culture and sports, and social inclusion. Although he is very involved in many projects, it is through the establishment of the O.B.N.L Les Ballons Intensifs that he has shown exceptional leadership since 2009.

Through the program “Les Camps d’été LBI”, Les Ballons Intensifs contributes to the development of young people from underprivileged backgrounds so that they become engaged citizens and agents of change in their community. The LBI summer camps combine sports, cultural activities and community involvement so that participants can perfect their playing skills and surpass themselves both personally and socially.

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Join educator and Sport for Life physical literacy lead Joe Flavel as he shares trends he has observed throughout his 20-year career in physical education that affect students’ physical literacy development. He will provide practical classroom strategies, and introduce organizational tools and school-friendly resources that will help you support students within and beyond the classroom as they develop the skills, confidence and motivation they need to be physically active for life.
This session will be invaluable for anyone interested in physical literacy development, whether you’re an educator, administrator, program coordinator, physical literacy leader or just looking to expand your understanding of how to foster growth in participants. Hear important insights and best practices from the education system that will inspire you to proactively support the development of your participants’ physical literacy journeys.
Joe Flavel
Having taught for 18 years ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12, Joe Flavel has worked with Sport for Life over the last three years supporting the delivery of projects in northern B.C. schools.
Joe was born and raised in Prince George, B.C. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education and Education and a master’s degree in athletic administration. He has also been involved as a community coach in several youth sports organizations.
Joe has a passion for sport, backcountry hiking and lifelong learning. He is a husband and father of two boys (ages 10 and 12).
Production of this webinar has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Within the quality sport and physical literacy ecosystem, there are many barriers faced by New to Canada Participants. How can we dismantle them, so that everybody has access to these opportunities?
In this webinar, hear from panellists Noël Bahliby (Director of Youth Programs with the Centre for Newcomers), Kiruthika Rathanaswami (Adult Program Manager with Volleyball BC) and Craig Brown (Facilitator with Anti-Racism in Sport) as they discuss:


Noël Bahliby
Noël Bahliby is the Director of Youth Programs at the Centre for Newcomers. Noël is passionate about community building and supporting youth to reach their highest potential.
Noël has studied public policy and economics, and enjoys exploring how different systems can collaborate to improve youth outcomes.
Kiruthika Rathanaswami
Kiruthika Rathanaswami was born in Pondicherry, India and moved to Canada with her family when she was a year and a half old. Kiruthika holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia, specializing in Health and Physical Education. She went on to complete her Master of Arts in Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University. Her research “Physical Activity in First Generation South Asian Women Living in Canada: Barriers and Facilitators to Participation” was published in the Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal in 2016.
Kiruthika has been working in provincial sport for the past nine years, and has managed the grassroots and adult portfolios in volleyball. She is currently the Adult Program Manager for Volleyball BC (VBC) and is the project lead for volleyball newcomer initiatives. Earlier this year, VBC launched their new diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy; one of the goals is to deliver low-barrier opportunities for newcomers to Canada, and other communities that do not traditionally engage in volleyball. In the past two years, Kiruthika has successfully led six newcomer programs with various Vancouver, Richmond and Penticton communities. She continues to work with existing partners and seeks new partnerships to meet the needs of the diverse population of B.C., and to bring awareness and opportunities for newcomers to try volleyball.
Outside of volleyball, Kiruthika is a trained bharata natyam (Indian classical dance) dancer with over 19 years of professional dancing experience. She has performed at notable dance festivals across Canada and the United States. Kiruthika is recipient of the 2012 City of Vancouver “The Mayor’s Arts Awards” for emerging artist in dance and the 2016 Dancing Damsel Women Achiever Award for the Performing Arts. She also continues to develop and work on new repertories, projects and teaches.
Craig Brown
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Craig Brown began his career in the financial sector, where he spent 11 years working in a variety of positions related to customer service and human resources. Although he previously completed degrees in psychology (B.Sc.) and business administration (M.B.A), in 2017, Craig moved with to Winnipeg to pursue an M.A. in Kinesiology and Recreation Management with a focus in Sport Psychology, which he completed in 2020.
Craig’s professional endeavours since moving to Winnipeg include various research projects related to the experiences of newcomers in sport in Manitoba, queer-youth resilience, anti-racism in sport in Winnipeg, and an organizational equity, diversity, and inclusion review. Craig has also worked with the University of Manitoba’s women’s soccer team as a student sport psychology consultant.
Craig’s mantra is to be the change that he wishes to see in others, one interaction at a time.

For Episode 24 of the Royal Roads University Sport, Leadership and Social Change webinar series, Dr. Jennifer Walinga will host a round table showcase and discussion of the ways that Canadian Provincial and Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) are working to ensure safe sport across their regions.

With the advent of the UCCMS the new Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner addresses safe sport cases at the National Sport Organizations (NSO) level, leaving the provinces to address and prevent safe sport issues across their multiple sport organizations. We’re taking this opportunity to showcase the many and varied approaches taken by our various PTSOs – while some are relying on support from external organizations such as Sheldon Kennedy’s Respect Group or Dina Bell Laroche and Steve Indig’s Sport Law, others are developing their own programming like ViaSport’s PlaySafeBC campaign or Sport’Aide in Québec.

During this episode, representatives from Sport Manitoba, Sport BC/ViaSport, Sport Nova Scotia, and Sports Québec will be sharing the unique approaches they’re taking to foster safe sport cultures, environments, and leaders in order to offer excellent sport experiences for all sport participants in their regions:

Presented in Partnership with: The 2023 National Coaching for Para Sport Summit

Session Objectives:

  1. Understand the impacts of enlightened ableism in sport coaching
  2. Reflect on how disability is currently addressed in coach education
  3. Consider the potential of an infusion approach to coach education for progressive acceptance and disability inclusion

Dr. Robert Townsend is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Pedagogy at the University of
Waikato. His primary interest is in coaching and coach development, with a particular focus on
disability sport. Rob is a former high performance coach in disability sport, and currently heads
up the Disability, Sport and Active Recreation Research group at the University of Waikato
which focuses on developing programmes of research in partnership with the disability sport
sector, including organisations such as Sport New Zealand. He is a member of the ICCE Para
coach working group, providing consultancy to the European Paralympic Committee and
Paralympics New Zealand on coaching and coach development. Rob is also the Oceania
representative for the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity and an invited
member of the VIRTUS scientific committee.

Sport Leadership – 4 Week Online Course RRU

Sport leaders find themselves in challenging, complex situations that require knowledge, sound judgement, and diplomacy to reach a positive outcome. Rising organizational uncertainty and ambiguity drive the need to equip athletes, managers, officials, administrators, and leaders with the skills required to navigate complex situations ethically and sustainably, while achieving desired human, societal, and performance goals.
This 4 week Sport Leadership course is suitable for any sport participant at any level of sport who wishes to develop their leadership skills on and off the field of play. Learners will develop the competencies and skills to enhance the practice of self, team, and organizational leadership within a sport context. The program will utilize current cases and challenges in sport as the foundation of the leadership training ground. Participants will work both with their cohort and one-on-one with their instructor to identify their individual leadership strengths and opportunities, and to create a personal leadership development action plan.
Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Walinga
Start Date:Apr 03, 2023
End Date:Apr 30, 2023
Delivery:4 weeks, Asynch and Synch Online
Price:$695.00 + GST
Course code: PALE091_Y2223P-01

Hosted by OFSAA, zoom webinars will take place each day at 10 am and 1:30 pm. Each session is 30 to 45 minutes. Free admittance. Register at Canadian Olympian Melissa Bishop and Canadian broadcaster Jevohn Shepherd headline a strong cast of presenters.  Session topics include: mental health, leadership, goal setting, winning mindset, self-empowerment and life lessons through sport.

Pole Vault is one of the most dynamic and technically demanding track and field events combining the skills of gymnastics, weight lifting, sprinting, and jumping. Skilled Pole Vaulters are fast, powerful, strong, agile, fearless and likely a little intense…? So what does it take to run at full speed with a giant pole, plant it into a box only to be flung over 15ft in the air and bend your body over a bar? Join Olympian Angela Whyte as she sits down to discuss training, periodization, competition and more with Coach Cristina Weir, Ambroise Courteau, and Olympian and coach Doug Wood.

7pm ET/4pm AT


As advocates from across Canadian sport use their platforms to call for positive change in every sport domain (community, provincial, university, national and professional), it is crucial that the root causes of harm and corruption in sport are exposed. From there, we can bring the structures, systems, behaviours, and processes into alignment with the true values of sport: excellence, friendship, respect.  Equally important is a positive vision for sport – something to fight for, not just fight against.

For Episode 23 of our Sport Leadership and Social Change webinar series hosted by Dr. Jennifer Walinga, we welcome five young leaders in sport driving positive change.

Register today!