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CAAWS eNetwork                                                November 2017

New! Female Coach Mentorship Model 

CAAWS and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) are thrilled to present the Female Coach Mentorship Model to encourage and support female coaches within Canadian sport. 

This pragmatic, turnkey tool provides a step-by-step approach for the mentor and mentee. The result is effective and sustainable mentorship that produces tangible benefits. The model also offers guidance for sport administrators to support them in setting up and managing a mentorship initiative to advance female coaches in their sport. 

For more information on this exciting new resource click here!

Download your free copy now!

Ottawa Lunch and Learn 

We shine a spotlight on the power of mentorship this time. Join us for a chance to network with colleagues, hear from female leaders, and get an in-depth look at the new CAAWS/CAC Female Coach Mentorship Model. 

This event is for all those interested in expanding opportunities for women in sport leadership. All are welcome, and men are encouraged to attend! 

Special Guests include:

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

The Honourable Chantal Petitclerc, Senator for Grandeville, Quebec, Paralympian, Fuelling Women Champions Ambassador 

Isabelle Cayer, Senior Coaching Consultant, Women in Coaching

Tamara Medwidsky, Executive Director, Wrestling Canada

When: November 28th, 2017
Where: RA Centre, Courtside B (2451 Riverside Drive)
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (registration opens at 11:30 AM)
Cost: $20.00 per person (includes buffet lunch)

Register Today

Deadline to register is Friday, November 24th. Space is limited! 

Upcoming Webinars

Create opportunities for women to lead and enhance the potential of sport organizations!

These free webinars will provide insightful information on the value of women on Boards, how to create an inclusive Board culture, and strategies to assist in overcoming some of the challenges faced by women seeking a Board position. 

Our distinguished presenters will guide you through these webinars. 

Women on Boards: For Organizations
When: Thursday, November 30th, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Presenter: Sheilagh Croxon, High Performance Consultant, Women in Coaching
Register Now!

For the French webinar date, click here

Webinar for Women: Joining a Board
When: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Presenters: Gabrielle Gallagher, Recreation Consultant, Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (Communities, Sport and Recreation Division) & Rachel Bedingfield, Director of Parks & Recreation, Town of Kentville, NS.  
Register Now!

For the French webinar date, click here

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ParticipACTION 150 Play List

 Positive female role models are a powerful factor in girls’ sport participation. Research shows that a mother’s participation in sport increases the rate of her child’s participation by 22%!

Learn more about how parents and caregivers can support girls to stay active in sport, and set the example by participating in ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List – a family-friendly way to engage in sport and physical activity during Canada’s 150th! 

Get Moving Today!

Workshop: Building a Foundation of Physical Literacy for Women 55+

CAAWS is offering free workshops with lunch provided to help instructors and coaches build physical literacy for women 55-70+.

During this workshop you will:

  • Learn what motivates women 55-70+ to be active
  • Better understand what helps build confidence/competence in physical activity and sport for women 55-70+
  • Receive training in NCCP Fundamental movement Skills (FMS)
  • Learn FMS adaptations/considerations for women 55-70+
  • Learn about how incorporating FMS can increase physical literacy for women 55-70+

There are currently two confirmed workshop dates:

When: Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Where: Markham, ON
Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM 

When: Saturday, December 16th, 2017
Where: Kitchener/Waterloo, ON
Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM 

To register, please contact Shelley Callaghan at: Workshops are limited to 25 participants, so register early! 

Call for Community Partners

CAAWS is seeking 20 community partners to develop healthy living opportunities for newcomer girls and women (in Canada 5 years or less) in communities across Canada.

As a partner, you will help to build capacity to better understand the needs of newcomer girls and women in order to better include and engage them in healthy living, physical activity and sport programs. This will further their integration into communities and contribute to their overall quality of life.  

Successful community partners will work with CAAWS to deliver focus groups, stakeholder workshops and community projects over the next two years (January 2018 – January 2020).

Funding available for each community partner: $8,500
Deadline for applications: December 5, 2017

For a copy of the application form and application guide, please contact Shelley Callaghan, Project Consultant, at:

Most Influential Women Update

Since 2000, CAAWS has been proud to shine a spotlight on the valuable leadership and dedication that Canadian women continue to contribute to the sport and physical activity system. As we embark on a new strategic direction, we are pausing this initiative in order to give us time to make it even better. 

We will not be accepting nominations for the 2017 version of this list. Please sign up to our e-news to receive updates on future opportunities and news about this program. We encourage you to read about past recipients and Wall of Influence Inductees, as well as to support the advancement of women and leadership through other awards programs. 

Upcoming Dates

November 22th, 2017

– CAAWS: Leading with Confidence Workshop (Digby, NS)

November 24nd, 2017
– CAAWS Session: Sport New Brunswick Summit

November 28th, 2017
– CAAWS Lunch and Learn (Ottawa, ON) Register Here

November 30th, 2017
– Webinar: Women on Boards: For Organizations (EN) Register Here

December 7th, 2017
– Webinar: Women on Boards: For Organizations (FR) Register Here

December 13th, 2017
– CAAWS Women and Leadership Workshop: Effective Communication (Fredericton, NB) Register Here

January 4th, 2018
– CAAWS Leading with Confidence Workshop (Edmonton, AB)

January 17th, 2018
– Webinar for Women: Women on Boards (EN) Register Here

January 18th, 2018
– Webinar for Women: Women on Boards (FR) Register Here

February 18th, 2018
– CAAWS Women and Leadership Workshop: Effective Communication (Digby, NS)

March 8th, 2018
– CAAWS Women and Leadership Workshop: Effective Communication (Whistler, BC)

For more information on CAAWS upcoming events, visit our calendar.

Congratulations to…

Carol Stewart, on being named Director at Large on Squash Canada’s Board. Well done to Squash Canada on achieving more than 40% female representation on their Board!

Daniele Sauvageau, for her election to the Swimming Canada Board, and to Cheryl Gibson for returning as President of a diverse Board with 45% women. High five to Swimming Canada for their commitment to inclusion at the Board level!

Another round of applause for Carol Huynh, Cindy Klassen, and The Edmonton Grads on their induction to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.