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CAAWS – After almost 20 years with the organization, current Executive Director Karin Lofstrom has announced that she will be stepping down at the end of March, 2016.


Ottawa, February 4, 2016 – Karin Lofstrom has been with CAAWS since 1997. She held the position of Operations Manager until 2002, and then expanded her leadership role in the industry as the Executive Director. She has been the dedicated face, leading expert and a passionate voice on gender equity for girls and women in sport.  Karin has received many well-deserved awards and a great deal of industry recognitions, all while continuing to raise awareness and increase the numbers of girls and women participating and leading in sport and physical activity.


“Karin has been an invaluable leader to the organization. Her collaborative style has supported the development of strong partnerships throughout the Canadian sport and physical activity sector, contributing to the gains achieved for gender equity. We know Karin will continue to be an influential advocate and ally for girls and women as she pursues other professional and personal interests. Karin’s departure comes at a time of exciting new opportunities for CAAWS, and she is committed to facilitating a smooth transition for the new Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors as CAAWS continues to grow and broaden its impact,” says Jennifer Fenton, Chair of CAAWS.


“I have been fortunate to work at CAAWS where I have followed my passion daily – to improve sport for girls and women as participants and leaders,” Lofstrom stated. “I have had the opportunity to collaborate with many of the great women sport leaders of our time. I have appreciated working with all the fine men, women and organizations who are dedicated to ensuring gender equity for girls and women in sport. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a job they enjoy so much. We have definitely seen a positive advancement made over the years, but I know there is still much more work to be done. I am leaving CAAWS, as I am interested in having the flexibility to work on specific projects, and to spend more time with my family and friends. I will continue to be involved in sport as a contractor and/or volunteer and will also work on my golf game.”


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The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating an equitable sport and physical activity system in which girls and women are actively engaged as participants and leaders.  CAAWS provides a number of services, programs and resources to a variety of clients, including sport and physical activity organizations, teachers, coaches, athletes, volunteers, health professionals and recreation leaders.  Since 1981, CAAWS has worked in close cooperation with government and non-government organizations on activities and initiatives that advocate for positive change for girls and women in sport and physical activity.


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Haley Wolfenden

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Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity

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