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CAAWS – (Toronto, ON – March 20, 2019) CAAWS is delighted to present the list of 10 organizations and individuals selected to receive a Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund grant for 2019. 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 $150,000 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 applications from every province and territory, representing a wide variety of individuals and programs making a difference for women and girls across the country.

On the 15th anniversary of the WISE Fund, CAAWS is pleased to announce the organization will be scaling up the program next year to create more opportunities for Canadian sport leaders to expand their gender-inclusive programming.

“We are proud to play a small part in reducing one of the key barriers to systemic change for women and girls in sport: access to funding,” said Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of CAAWS. “We know these initiatives will make a tangible impact in the sport experiences of women and girls across Canada and look forward to expanding our support of these deserving programs.”

The following recipients have been supported by their noted National Sport Organization.


2019 WISE Fund Recipients:


Anneke Winegarden  
Sport: Cross Country 
Supported by: Cross Country Canada 

Location: Ontario (Ottawa)

Saskatchewan Rowing Association 
Sport: Rowing 
Supported by: Rowing Canada 

Location: Saskatchewan (Prince Albert, Lloydminster, Saskatoon and Regina) 


Coach New Brunswick 
Sport: Coaching 
Supported by: Coaching Association of Canada  

Location: New Brunswick (Fredericton)  


BC Wheelchair Basketball Society 
Sport: Basketball 
Supported by: Wheelchair Basketball Canada 

Location: British Columbia (Vancouver)  


NWT Soccer Association 
Sport: Soccer 
Supported by: Canada Soccer 

Location: North West Territories (Yellowknife) 


Squash BC  

Sport: Squash 

Supported by: Squash Canada

Location: British Columbia (Vancouver) 


Emma DeLory 

Sport: Rugby 

Supported by: Rugby Canada 

Location: Nova Scotia (Halifax) 


Holly R H Jones

Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Supported by: Cross Country Canada

Location: Northwest Territories (Inuvik)


Ashley Cumming

Sport: Figure Skating

Supported by: Skate Canada

Location: Ontario (Fort Frances)


ETBA (Educate. Train. Believe. Achieve)

Sport: Basketball 

Supported by: Basketball Canada 

Location: Ontario (Scarborough) 

Congratulations to each of these recipients! Visit the CAAWS website for detailed bios of the grant recipients and more information about the WISE Fund application process.  

We are grateful to Sport Canada for their support of this initiative. 

About CAAWS: 

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. 


For further information, please contact: 

Greer Gemin 
Communications and Administration Coordinator 
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity