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Tips from our Sport and Healthy Living Teams

What’s in this issue:

  • Immune-boosting recipes – Nettle Week
  • FitNation: Anyone, Anytime Anywhere
  • Coaches at-home training tips – Core Strength Week 2
  • Free Coach Resources
  • National Coaching Awards – Nomination Open
  • Homemade Pur(well) Hand Sanitizer
  • I·SPARC’s Operational Continuity Plan & Regional Contacts
  • COVID-19 Resources & Crisis Support Lines

Today’s tea: Nettle Mint!

Why tea?
Tea making is an art, a science, and part of many ceremonies and cultures around the world. Dried herbs are used for tea because during the drying process, plan cell walls break open and dehydrate, creating the opportunity for osmosis when you pour boiling water over these plans which allows the herb to extract its medicine! You can also use fresh plans, however if you do, you need to chop VERY finely and it might not be quite as strong.

Nettle Mint Tea
Fun Facts – Nettle is a bio accumulator, meaning it easily absorbs toxins and heavy metals from the environment where it grows. So, when harvesting stinging nettle always make sure you are doing so on clean soil. This aspect of nettle also acts the same way in your body when you ingest it as food.

Nettle is a SUPER food and (see chart in Nettle Info handout) is over 8x higher in magnesium than spinach and 22x higher than kale!

Nettles are the first wild offering from our creator, nourishing our bodies with all the vitamins and minerals we need after a long winter! Plants are wonderful!


  • Steep 1 tablespoon dried Nettle in 1 cup of water for a minimum of 20 minutes (overnight is preferable if possible) to extract its many wonderful nutrients
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of mint for something extra peppy and then add a little more water

Where can you buy it?
If you can’t get out to harvest your own Stinging Nettles, traditional medicinal teas sells it in teabag form at most grocery stores, or you can purchase loose nettle tea at Self Heal Herbs in Victoria or from the Community Farm Store (there’s one in Duncan!).

Stay healthy everyone and remember to get LOTS of sleep.

Robynne Edgar
Director, Healthy Living

FitNation – High Knee Variations

Watch the FitNation Workout video made by FitNation Leader Tiffany Adams – High Knee Variations. These are safe movements for all ages and abilities!

Coaches at-home training tips

Thanks to our Team BC coaches for providing Staying Fit Quick Tips – Core Workout! Here is the Core Strength – Week 2 with the support of Fraser Regional Coordinator Alana Cook and Canoe Kayak Development Squad member Ellashani George for demonstrating the core exercises!

Free Coaching Resources

NCCP Emergency Action Plan

  • The NCCP Emergency Action Plan Module prepares coaches to respond calmly, quickly, and effectively if a sport participant is seriously injured during practice or competition.

Website: login with your existing NCCP account or create a new account and receive your NCCP #.   
NCCP Credits: 1

Making Head Way Concussion eLearning Series

  • With these NCCP modules, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your partiicpants. You will need a Locker account and NCCP number to access these modules. If you have never taken a NCCP course and need a NCCP number, you can create a free account in the Locker. Expect 60-90 mins. per module.

Website: and login with your existing NCCP account or create a new account and receive your NCCP #.   
NCCP Credits: 5

Canadian Jumpstart Program

  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart coaching resources has TWO FREE MODULES available with the use of the provided coupon codes (below). To enroll, visit the following website and login with your Respect in Sport account, or create a new one.


Click on the course you want to take and enter the coupon code:

  1. Supporting Positive Behavior. Coupon Code: JSCAN-A2B3C4D 
  2. Welcoming All Abilities. Coupon Code: JSS4L-Z8Y3N5J 

NCCP Credits: 2 (each)

Canucks Autism Network

  • Canucks Autism Network offers THREE FREE eLEARNING MODULES online. To access the modules, visit:

Supporting Positive Behaviour (same as the information provided above)
Login with your existing Respect in Sport account or create a new one. Click on the “Supporting Positive Behaviour” button and enter the Coupon Code: JSCAN-A2B3C4D.  NCCP Credits: 2

Autism Awareness for Rec Leaders
Login with your existing BC Parks and Recreation Association account or create a new one to take the free module.  NCCP Credits: N/A

Autism Awareness for First Responders
Login with your existing Canucks Autism Network account or create a new account to take the free module.  NCCP Credits: N/A

Safe Sport Training

  • Safe, inclusive sport environments help make sport rewarding and enriching for all. This FREE 90-min eLearning module will give coaches the knowlede to recognize, address, and prevent maltreatment in sport and includes tools and resources to help embed Safe Sport principles throughout the organization. This module aligns with the values within the new Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) and meets the minimum standards for mandated safe sport training for Sport Canada-funded organizations.

Website: login or create a new account
NCCP Credits: 2

NEW – Updated NCCP Code of Ethics The The CAC has updated the NCCP Code of Ethics to better acknowledge and reflect the current realities of sport in Canada. The Code expresses aspirational principles to guide conduct in sport and reflect the ongoing core values of the coaching profession. The new Code took effect April 1.
Download the Code from the General Partner Resources section of
Homemade Pur(well) Hand Sanitizer You might have noticed that your local store is out of stock but our Healthy Living team has a recipe you can make from home!
I·SPARC’s Operational Continuity Plan & Regional Contacts As we continue to monitor and respond to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, we want to provide an update on how we are managing our operations. We recently announced that I·SPARC’s program activities and events have been suspended indefinitely, but our operations have continued with some modifications. Find out how we’re responding with I·SPARC’s Operational Continuity Plan.

During this time, our staff are working from home, if you need to contact a member of our team, please email or leave a message on their regular office line. You can also follow your region on Facebook!
Alana Cook
Fraser Regional Coordinator Bernard “Buzz” Manual
Interior Regional Coordinator
Toni Muldoe
Northwest Regional Coordinator Allie Auger
Northeast Regional Coordinator
Peter Natrall
Van Coastal Regional Coordinator Lise Gillies
Van Island Regional Coordinator
COVID-19 Resources During this unprecedented time, we will continue to follow the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 and provide resources as they become available . Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Information from CDCWHO myth busters – COVID-19Health Link BCBC Centre for Disease Control – COVID-19 Crisis Support Lines KUU-US Crisis Line Society – 1-800-588-8717
The KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free from anywhere in British Columbia.KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-588-8717. Alternatively, individuals can call direct into the Youth Line at 250-723-2040 or the Adult Line at 250-723-4050. All crisis response personnel are certified and trained in Indigenous cultural safety bringing an understanding of the history and trauma from the residential school to their roles. Topics the KUU-US Crisis Line can support individuals with include, but are not limited to, mental health issues and crisis related to residential school, child welfare, addiction, health concerns, divorce and separation, suicide ideation and survivorship, grief and loss, crime, abuse, peer pressure and financial distress.​
  Métis Crisis Line – 1-833-638-4722
Métis Nation BC, in collaboration with Kuu-us Crisis Line Society, launched the Métis Crisis Line, a place where you can talk, trust and feel safe! It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free from anywhere in BC at
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Michelle Webster
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Jessie Toynbee
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