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How can you #ChampionChange with CAAWS? 
Join CAAWS in Ottawa on International Women’s Day for a discussion between two sport CEOs and champions for gender equity: Katherine Henderson (Curling Canada) and Johnny Misley (Ontario Soccer)! Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of CAAWS, will be moderating their conversation about the process and motivation behind increasing gender diversity at the board level. 

Unsure how to make LGBTQI2S athletes and coaches feel welcome in your sport? Inclusion educators Jennifer Birch-Jones, Rosie Cossar, and Stephanie Shostak will be answering your questions in our interactive webinar, LGBTQI2S Inclusion In Your Sport: How is It Going? Register to reserve your spot! 

Get the inside story on Ontario Soccer’s gender equity strategy! Join us LIVE on Facebook on Feb 20 for an interview with Johnny Misley, Ontario Soccer’s CEO. Get ready to send us your questions!

Canada Games Coaches – join us in Red Deer on February 21 and 25 for our Women in Sport Days at the Canada Winter Games Coaches Lounge! We’ll be hosting activities throughout the day, and a Fireside Chat in the evening with Dr. Vicki Harber and other special guests – stay tuned for more information. 

Does your organization need strategies to recruit more women to its board of directors? Gail Hamamoto, Executive Director of the BC Wheelchair Sports Association and the Vice President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, will be offering her insight and advice in our January webinar.  

If you’re a woman interested in taking on a leadership role in sport but aren’t sure where to start, check out our February webinar with Marg McGregor. Marg is the Director of Sport System Excellence at the Canadian Olympic Committee and a Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada board member.  


What’s catching our eye this month?

CAAWS Gender Equity Checklist for 2019

We need more champions for girls and women in sport and physical activity. How are you going to advance gender equity in your organization this year? Here are some small ways you can get started: 

  1. Recommend the CAAWS newsletter to a friend. 

  2. Take advantage of online learning opportunities like the Keeping Girls in Sport e-module. 

  3. Read the most recent edition of the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching. 

  4. Book a CAAWS workshop or presentation for your staff or for your AGM. 

  5. Plan a celebration for International Women’s Day in March or International Day of the Girl in October.  

  6. Host a CAAWS webinar-watching party with your coworkers.  

  7. Look for opportunities to mentor the young women around you, and help them reach the next step of their sport journey. 

  8. Make retention and leadership of girls and women part of your organization’s strategic plan.


Celebrating organizations that #ChampionChange

Photo: Coaching Association of Canada

Last February, Sport Canada announced a goal of achieving gender equality in sport by 2035 and put $30 million dollars down to help get there. In the meantime, sport organizations are making strides forward in plenty of powerful ways. 

Here are three moments that inspired us in 2018: 

  1. Organizations like Rugby CanadaTriathlon New BrunswickOntario Soccer, and others introduced gender equity statements into their board bylaws, ensuring that generations of sport organization leaders will reflect the diversity and perspectives of sport participants. (LINKS?) 

  2. Universities like Guelph and McGill kicked off their respective She’s Got Game and Kerr Family Women in Sport programs, putting real money and policy change behind the women athletes and coaches of their institutions.  

  3. Women like Karina LeBlancHayley Wickenheiser, and Dale Tamara Plett stepped into new leadership roles this year and continue to use their platform to inspire others in the world of sport. 


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Research that drives us forward

Inclusion and diversity are emerging as central tenets of the Canadian sport and physical activity system. It’s become clear through recent research that those who prioritize equity will be rewarded by stronger, more sustainable results.  

Take a few minutes this January to read up on the business case behind the benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace! 

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Congratulations to…
  • Aleksandra Wozniak, former world no. 21, who retired from her tennis career.  
  • Beckie Scott, Olympic gold medallist and advocate for clean sport, who was appointed to the Order of Canada. 
  • Billie Jean King, who won the BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement Award.  
  • Elisabeth Walker-Young, a six-time Paralympic medallist, who was announced as an Honorary Member of the Order of Canada. 
  • Nicole Luchanski, who retired from her career in women’s baseball as one of the most decorated Canadian athletes in the sport. 
  • Rhoda Wurtele Eaves and Rhona Wurtele Gillis, twin sisters and trailblazers for women in downhill skiing, who were appointed to the Order of Canada.   
  • The women who ran the first-ever all-women hockey broadcast on Western University’s campus and community radio station.  
  • A special congratulations to ProMOTION Plus, British Columbia’s organization for girls and women in physical activity and sport. The organization will be merging its advocacy, gender equity, recognition, and its operations with Sport BC.