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CAAWS – Happy holidays from the CAAWS team!

We wish you, your families, and your communities an active and safe winter break. We are so grateful for your continued support of women and girls in sport and physical activity and are looking forward to an exciting year in 2019!

How can you #ChampionChange with CAAWS?
Thank you to everyone in Toronto who attended our Keeping Girls in Sport: Learning Through Action Event. If you missed it, you can read more about the day and how to access the Keeping Girls In Sport E-Module here!
Michelle Bell, Jane King, and Gillian White led activity-based workshops designed to reinforce content from the Keeping Girls in Sport e-module.
Does your organization need strategies to recruit more women to their board of directors? Gail Hamamoto, the current Executive Director of the BC Wheelchair Sports Association and Vice President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, will be providing her insight on this topic in our January webinar!
Save the date! International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8, and there is no better excuse for us to get together and celebrate the impressive women who are leading change towards gender equality in sport. Join us for events in Ottawa and Alberta – more details to follow.
Thank you to everyone who applied to our WISE Fund this year. The recipients will be announced in March 2019!

What’s catching our eye this month?

How can sport contribute to advancing equity for women in political leadership? POLITICO recently published an interactive digital piece about why women in the United States don’t run for office as frequently as men, and found that women who played sports were about 25 percent more likely to exhibit political aspirations.
Catherine McKenna expressed a similar view in an interview with Globe and Mail opinion writer Gary Mason, saying that she learned how to bring people together to focus on a common goal through her role as captain of the University of Toronto swim team.
Read the opinion piece.

Celebrating organizations that #ChampionChange

In 2016, research revealed that significantly fewer female students, compared to male students, were utilizing the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) athletic facilities. 

To address the gap, the Athletics and Recreation Department developed strategies to engage more women, including the creation of women-only hours in the pool and fitness centre.

When the women-only hours were first introduced, there was resistance to the changes and questions about the necessity of women-only time. The department used this as an opportunity to educate the student body on the barriers women face to participation in sport and physical activity. 

Digging deeper into membership/usage data to consider who is using the facilities, and how, allows organizations to consider any patterns that suggest imbalances or barriers.


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Research that drives us forward

Canada’s First “State-of-the-Nation” Report on children’s physical literacy was released this past October.
The national research project, led by the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at the CHEO Research Institute, shows that about two-thirds of Canadian children haven’t achieved an acceptable level of physical literacy. Other studies show that only 8% of girls meet the recommendation of the Canadian Physical Activity Guide, compared to 14% of boys.
Read more!
Congratulations to…
  • Tricia Smith, Charmaine Crooks, and Jane Roos, three women in sport who made WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women list.
  • Cassie Campbell-Pascall, who was appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee.
  • Kirby Cote, who was inducted into the Manitoba Sport Hall of Fame as a Paralympic swimmer.
  • Christine Girard, who received her London 2012 Olympic gold and Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medals and is now the first Olympic champion in Canadian weightlifting history.
  • Jayna Hefford, who became the sixth woman to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. 
  • Manon Perron, who is the recipient of the Coaching Association of Canada’s Geoff Gowan “Lifetime Achievement” Award for her inspiring 30 year coaching career in figure skating.  
  • Chantal Vallée, who was named as the head coach and general manager of the Hamilton Honey Badgers and is the first woman to hold both these positions on a men’s professional basketball team.
  • Irene Wallace, who was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame for her work in women’s basketball.
  • The all-women officials crew of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s Women’s Soccer National Championship.