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CAAWS – Grants support opportunities for women and girls in sport – Toronto, February 26, 2018 – CAAWS is delighted to present the list of 10 organizations and individuals selected to receive a Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund grant for 2018. Each of the recipients is offering or creating opportunities and programming for girls and women in sport, and CAAWS is proud to support their efforts.

The WISE Fund is awarded annually in the form of 10 grants valued at $1000 each to support professional development or programming. Since 2004, CAAWS has awarded more than $110,000 in grants to organizations and individuals who are taking action to expand women’s participation and leadership in sport in Canada.

This year, CAAWS received a record 200 applications for the WISE Fund. Recipients of the funds reflect the Fund’s two areas of focus: creating the conditions that keep girls in sport, and supporting the advancement of female leadership.

“We are encouraged by the creativity and initiative reflected in this year’s applications,” said Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of CAAWS. “The leadership apparent in these projects is exactly what is needed to create a more equitable and inclusive sport system, and we are so pleased to help bring 10 of these diverse initiatives to life.”

The following recipients have been supported by their noted National Sport Organization: 2018 WISE Fund Recipients

• Anna Walsh (NL)

• Debra Neufeld (BC)

• Edmonton North Soccer Zone (AB)

• Jackie Powell (SK)

• Judo Canada (QC)

• Julia Loparco (NB)

• Manitoba Softball (MB) 

• Storm Selects Lacrosse Society (BC)

• Tennis NWT (NWT)

• Whitewater Ontario (ON) Congratulations to each of these recipients. For detailed bios of the grant recipients,

CAAWS appreciates the financial support of Sport Canada for this initiative.

CAAWS is dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive Canadian sport and physical activity system that empowers girls and women—as active participants and leaders—within and through sport. With a focus on systemic change, we partner with governments, organizations and leaders to challenge the status quo and to advance solutions that result in measurable change.

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Terri Temelini Manager,

Projects and Communications Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity

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