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CAAWS – In this issue

  1. Karin Lofstrom Stepping Down 
  2. Call for CEO 
  3. Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches webinars 
  4. CAAWS International Women’s Day Event 
  5. WISE Fund Recipients 
  6. Harassment in Sport Blog series – Learning from Best Practices 
  7. Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day this year 
  8. Featured CAAWS video 
  9. Upcoming Events 
  10. Congratulations to… 

1. Karin Lofstrom Stepping Down

After almost 20 years with the organization, Executive Director Karin Lofstrom has announced that she will be stepping down at the end of March 2016. She has been the dedicated face, leading expert and a passionate voice on gender equity for girls and women in sport in Canada.

Read the full press release.

2. Call for CEO

CAAWS is looking for its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO is accountable for the leadership and management of all activities and operations advancing the vision, mission, values and strategic plan of CAAWS.

Job description – deadline to apply is March 11th, 2016.

3. Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches webinars

These webinars will profile CAAWS’ resource developed for coaches and sport administrators to learn best practices and tips to make sport more welcoming to LGBT athletes and coaches. During the session, key topics from the resource will be highlighted, including taking stock in your organization, how to use inclusive language and address disrespectful language, dealing with an LGBT athlete or coach coming out to you, addressing locker room concerns, and more. The webinar will end with time for participant questions and discussion.

The French version will take place on February 24th, 2016 at 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST, led by Guylaine Demers, professor at Laval University.
Register now!

The English version will take place on March 22nd, 2016 at 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST, led by Jennifer Birch-Jones, CAAWS Addressing Homophobia in Sport Project Lead and resource author.
Register now!

4. CAAWS International Women’s Day Event

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a CAAWS event on March 10th 2016 in Ottawa! The full day event will feature CAAWS’ two new Women and Leadership workshops, as well as a luncheon speaker.

You don’t want to miss this event! Register now, or visit the website for more details.

5. WISE Fund Recipients

The Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund was created to support women leaders’ development and organizations that are currently offering or creating diverse opportunities and programming for girls and women in sport. 

Congratulations to the 2016 WISE Fund recipients!

6. Harassment in Sport Blog series – Learning from Best Practices

CAAWS teamed up with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, the Coaching Association of Canada and Sport Law & Strategy Group to bring sport leaders a blog series exploring the topic of harassment and bullying. It is the hope of these organizations that with this blog series, we can help stimulate conversations about what we want more of and create the space for the implementation of practical solutions that can have a significant impact on the cultural health of sport organizations.

To read the more, visit http://www.caaws.ca/policies-arent-enough/ 
The four part blog series will be published each month, as follows:
Part 1 – Harassment and Bullying – read Blog One: Looking Back
Part 2 – Learning from Best Practices: read Blog Two: Current State
Part 3 – Our Accountability: February 2016
Part 4 – Your say: March 2016

7. Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day this year

There are several events taking place in March that are excellent opportunities to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) this year. 

  • Attend CAAWS’ IWD Event on March 10th! 
  • The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and the NHL’s Ottawa Senators will be hosting the Clarkson Cup at the Canadian Tire Centre (Ottawa) March 13, 2016! 
  • If you are in Victoria, come out to watch the Women’s Rugby 7s series
  • Attend a women’s university/college sporting event 

There are also other ways to show your support and celebrate IWD!

  • Have your club/team/organization promote IWD on various social media channels 
  • Recognize girls and women in different roles in your sport publicly 
  • Participate in sport and/or physical activity 
  • Encourage girls and women in your life to participate in sport and/or physical activity 

8. Featured CAAWS video

The CAAWS video series features experts addressing persisting barriers, key issues, and successful strategies to actively engage women and girls. 

This month we recommend Kathy Brook’s on Physical Literacy for Women 55-70+

9. Upcoming Events

February 20, 2016 – CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Influencing Change – Kamloops, BC
February 24, 2016 – Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches French Webinar with Guylaine Demers
February 26, 2016 – CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Life Balance – Calgary, AB
March 1, 2016 – CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Life Balance – Tusket, NS
March 1, 2016 – CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Influencing Change – Toronto, ON
March 5, 2015 – CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Effective Communication – Halifax, NS
March 6, 2016 – CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Influencing Change – Victoria, BC 
March 8, 2016 – CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Influencing Change – Whistler, BC
March 8, 2016 – CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Life Balance and Communication – Moncton, NB
March 10, 2016 – CAAWS International Women’s Day Event – Ottawa, ON
March 10, 2016– CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Life Balance – Antigonish, NS
March 22, 2016 – Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches English Webinar with Jennifer Birch-Jones
March 30, 2016 – CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Influencing Change – Regina, SK
April 1, 2016 – CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Networking – Calgary, AB
April 5, 2016 – CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Conflict Management – Toronto, ON
April 9, 2016 – CAAWS Leadership Workshop: Life Balance and Networking – Calgary, AB

For more information on CAAWS’ upcoming events visit our calendar

10. Congratulations to…

  • CAAWS Board Member Nathalie Cook on her new position as President of Cimoroni and Company 
  • Christine Sinclair for scoring her 159th international goal, now sitting in 2nd place on the all-time scorer list for women’s soccer
     

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