Ringette Canada joins the vibrant House of Sport Community
Ringette Canada – (Ottawa, ON) September 20, 2018 – The RA is pleased to welcome Ringette Canada to the thriving Canadian Sport Community located in the House of Sport.
“The opportunity to be part of a vibrant and engaged sport collective complemented by access to RA sport facilities, meeting rooms, health and wellness opportunities for staff members, and innovative leadership experiences fueled our desire to be part of this project,” remarks Natasha Johnston, Executive Director, Ringette Canada. “The RA has created a sport ecosystem in the House of Sport that supports a Work Hard, Play Hard culture.”
Contributing to the success of this project is the RA’s fundamental belief that all House of Sport organizations are partners. By wrapping services around the community, investing resources and support and designing innovative leadership experiences, the RA has added tremendous value to the House of Sport partners.
One such initiative, exclusive to House of Sport partners, is the CEO Table. “The House of Sport CEO Table will assist leaders to navigate challenging business decisions, discuss complex operational issues and develop leadership strategies with a peer network,” explains Tosha Rhodenizer, RA Chief Executive Officer. “Leadership can be a lonely place and having a strong network of peers can help in navigating difficult issues and provide a leader the benefit of different perspectives and leadership experiences.”
In fact, the House of Sport CEO Table launched on Tuesday, September 18. The inaugural, fully-subscribed session delved into the timely and important subject of the #MeToo movement, more specifically how this movement to address gender equality and sexual violence and harassment also applies to Canadian sport. This forum will spark vital conversation within the sport collective and continue to address a variety of contemporary challenges that influence, negatively or positively, Canadian sport.
Although intended as a pilot project, the RA and their House of Sport partners are already working towards expanding this important and innovative initiative to accommodate a waiting list. “We are thrilled to have acknowledgment that this initiative is viewed as a value add to our sport partners,” Ms. Rhodenizer comments. “We are proud of the part we are playing in strengthening the Canadian sport system.”
“We have high aspirations for our sport and know that by working collaboratively, we will be able to accomplish the objectives we have set out for ourselves,” says Ms. Johnston. “This, in turn, will move us closer to achieving our goals and vision of being a leader in promoting ringette at home and abroad.”
Collaboration is one of Ringette Canada’s corporate values and one embodied by the over 30 organizations on-site at the House of Sport. These organizations share a passion to deliver increased quality in sport experiences and improved performances nationally and internationally. The co-location of these organizations provides opportunities for knowledge sharing, provides a critical mass to leverage operational efficiencies and provides a synergistic platform for growth.
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About the RA
A member supported not-for-profit organization; the Recreation Association of the Public Service of Canada (best known as the RA or RA Centre) operates a multi-sport, recreation and leisure facility conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa. With a deep and quality laden line-up of fitness programs, sports leagues designed for adults, summer camps for children and youth and clubs for all ages, the RA is an environment that values fun, respect and excellence. RA members celebrate in a social atmosphere with a new story created each day. Supporting these stories is the ability for members and the public to access services from the RA’s Events and Conference team offering quality food and beverages. With a proud legacy of community engagement that embodies a clear passion for excellence in sport, the RA has much to offer the sport community. For additional design information on the House of Sport please visit our project page at www.houseofsport.ca.
Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by the late Sam Jacks. There are currently over 30,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada, with over 1,500 officials and nearly 8000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in more than a half a dozen other countries around the world. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. As a proud member of True Sport, Ringette Canada is committed to sport that is values-based and principle-driven. For more information, please refer to the Ringette Canada Web site at www.ringette.ca.