CAAWS Webinar Recordings

With funding from the Government of Ontario, CAAWS’ “Webinar Wednesdays” series was designed as information sessions for Ontario-based community, regional and provincial sport and physical activity organizations.

Creating Inclusive Environments for Women and Girls
Drawing on findings from CAAWS’ CS4L publication, “Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors”, this webinar will review factors that can enhance or limit the participation and leadership of women and girls. This webinar will help service providers to gain a better understanding of how to create positive programs and inclusive environments on the playground, in competitive settings, and around the board table, contributing to the success of all.
Webinar recording (January 22, 2014)

Promoting Girls’ and Women’s Participation Across the Lifespan
This webinar will provide success stories, tips, and practical advice to help community program leaders and decision-makers engage three important target groups: girls and young women; mothers; and women aged 55-70+. Participants will be connected to the research, tools, and networks available through CAAWS’ On the Move, Mothers in Motion, and Physical Activity and Sport for Women 55-70+ initiative. A number of new CS4L resources will be released.
Webinar recording (April 3, 2014)

Assessing Gender Equity in your Programs and Services
Many organizations are committed to gender equity in their programs and services, but what does success look like? This webinar will provide an overview of CAAWS’ new Gender Equity Assessment Tool, review best practices and strategies relating to programs, policies, leadership and facilities, and help organization set goals to ensure women and girls are actively engaged throughout their organization. Presenter: Judy Sutcliffe, Sutcliffe Group Inc. and Gender Equity Assessment Tool Author
Webinar recording (Jan 21, 2015)
CAAWS Gender Equity Assessment Tools Download:
Gender Equity Self-Assessment Tool: Community (.pdf, 848 KB)
Gender Equity Self-Assessment Tool: Sport Clubs and PTSOs (.pdf, 848 KB)

Policies on Paper vs. Policies in Action
Policies can be powerful tools to support the participation and leadership of women and girls. Unfortunately, many policies sit dormant on our shelves, rather than being put into action. This webinar will provide examples of diverse policies that are making a difference for women and girls in Canada’s sport and physical activity sector. Tips for creating and implementing policy will be shared; examples of what not to do will also be discussed.
Panelists Rachel Corbett (Sport Law & Strategy Group), Judy Sutcliffe (The Sutcliffe Group Incorporated) and Ann Doggett (City of Toronto).
Webinar recording (June 18, 2014)

Actively Engaging Women Leaders
Sport organizations should be working to increase the involvement of women throughout their decision-making structures. While there are a number of benefits to women’s involvement, a number of persisting barriers remain. During this webinar, strategies to recruit, retain, train and recognize women leaders will be discussed. This will be valuable webinar for organizations wanting to increase the involvement of women leaders, and for current and upcoming women leaders themselves.
Speaker: Dina Bell-Laroche, Sport Law & Strategy Group
Webinar recording (Nov 19, 2014)

Engagement actif des femmes dans le leadership
Les organismes de sport devraient s’efforcer d’accroître la présence des femmes dans toutes les sphères de leurs structures décisionnelles. Bien que l’engagement des femmes comporte de multiples avantages, certains obstacles demeurent. Ce webinaire portera sur les stratégies qui permettent de recruter, de retenir, de former et de reconnaître les chefs de file féminines. Il s’agit d’une activité intéressante pour les organismes qui souhaitent voir un plus grand nombre de femmes exercer des fonctions de leadership tout comme pour les femmes qui sont actuellement des leaders ou qui se préparent à le devenir.
Conférencière : Dina Bell-Laroche, Sport Law & Strategy Group
Webinar recording (Nov 12, 2014)

Engaging Newcomer Girls and Young Women in Sport and Physical Activity
Engaging newcomers to Canada is a new priority for many sport and physical activity organizations. This webinar will profile success stories and learnings from Ontario organizations involved in CAAWS’ national Newcomer On the Move project, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada from 2011-2014. Practical tips about engaging newcomer girls and young women and their families will be shared, ensuring organizations are a step ahead when reaching out to this important target group. New practical resources available from CAAWS, based on project experiences, will also be reviewed.
Speakers: Panel Presentation with Community Leaders from Ottawa, Scarborough, Mississauga and London
Webinar Recording (October 22, 2014)

Making the Links between Mental Health and Physical Activity for Girls and Young Women
With initiatives such as Clara’s Big Ride and Do it for Daron, mental health is beginning to receive the attention it deserves. Although sport and physical activity professionals have long-known the benefits of participation in sport and physical activity for self-confidence, stress relief, and friendships, we often do not have the scientific evidence to support our experience. This webinar will discuss the evidence making the link between physical activity levels of children and youth and their mental health while highlighting the unique opportunity that participation in quality active after school programs affords.  Specific discussion will focus on the experiences of girls and young women. A number of resources will be profiled, including new resources developed by the Canadian Active After School Partnership.
Speaker: Caleb Leduc, Laurentian University and CAASP resource author
Webinar recording (Dec 17, 2014)

Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches.
This session will profile a new 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.
Speaker: Jennifer Birch-Jones, CAAWS Addressing Homophobia in Sport Project Lead and resource author
Webinar recording (February 4, 2015)

Montrer le chemin : Travailler avec des athlètes et des entraîneurs LGBT
Cette séance trace les grandes lignes de la nouvelle ressource de lutte à l’homophobie en sport développée par l’ACAFS. Cette ressource vise spécifiquement les entraîneurs et les administrateurs pour qu’ils en apprennent davantage sur les meilleures pratiques qui rendront le sport plus accueillant pour les athlètes et entraîneurs LGBT. Pendant la séance, les points majeurs de cette ressource seront présentés, incluant: le bilan de la situation dans votre organisation; comment utiliser un langage inclusif; comment gérer le langage irrespectueux; comment faire face à la sortie du placard d’un athlète ou d’un entraîneur LGBT; comment gérer les préoccupations concernant les vestiaires; et plus encore. Nous avons prévu du temps à la fin du webinaire pour vous permettre de discuter et de poser des questions.
Animatrice: Guylaine Demers, professeure et chercheure à l’Université Laval
Webinar recording (March 30, 2015)

Ontario CS4L Success Stories
Over the past two years, CAAWS has collaborated with a number of Ontario sport and physical activity organization to support the development of initiatives to increase participation and leadership opportunities for women and girls. This webinar will profile these projects and share the learnings and experiences of each organization. Content will provide practical tips and inspiring ideas for organizations wanting to make a difference to women and girls in their communities.
Speaker: Panel presentation may include representatives from Ontario Freestyle Ski Association, Ontario Athletics Association, FutureGirls Soccer Program, Finlandia Hockey Club, Nakkertok Cross Country Ski Club, Northern Ontario Curling Association, South Nepean Satellite Community Health Centre, and others.
Webinar recording (March 25, 2015)

“Manswers”
Men are important allies for women and girls and participants and leaders in Canada’s sport and physical activity system. Created with men in mind, this webinar will provide the “manswers” for common questions relating to women’s and girls’ participation, coaching female athletes, supporting women around the board table, and more.
Webinar recording (March 5, 2014)