CAAWS eNetwork                         March 2017

Congratulations to the
Most Influential Women of 2016

CAAWS is thrilled to announce its annual Most Influential Women List for 2016, celebrating remarkable Canadian women and their impact upon sport and physical activity in Canada and beyond.

"This year's Most Influential Women List once again shines a spotlight on the incredible leadership that women bring to sport and physical activity in Canada," commented Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CAAWS CEO. "Changes to the program this year broadened the scope, showcasing even more areas where women are making a difference. From the national and international stage to the local level, we are proud to celebrate women who take impressive action, spearhead change and inspire us all."

Meet the 2016 Most Influential Women, and the CAAWS Wall of Influence Inductees.

CAAWS Invests in
Opportunities for Girls and Women

CAAWS congratulates the 10 organizations and individuals selected to receive a Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund grant for 2017. Each of the recipients is offering or creating opportunities and programming for girls and women in sport, and CAAWS is proud to support their efforts.

“We are impressed by the drive and determination shown by the applicants as they strive to expand opportunities for girls and women. Selecting 10 to support from among them was no easy task, but we are enthusiastic about helping these worthy recipients reach their goals. We look forward to seeing the impact they will have,” said Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of CAAWS.

View the full list of the 2017 WISE Fund Recipients.
Leading with Confidence:
A New CAAWS Workshop

CAAWS’s newest Women and Leadership Program workshop is designed to uplift the skills of the next generation of Canadian sport leaders – university and college aged young women involved in sport and physical activity (e.g. varsity athletes, kinesiology or sport management students).

This workshop is ready to be delivered by our expert leadership facilitators across Canada. If you work with women of this age and stage, we encourage you to invest in their leadership development through this interactive, 2-hour workshop.

Book Your Workshop Today!
Upcoming Webinars

Montrer le chemin – Travailler avec des athlètes
et des entraîneurs LGBT

This webinar is designed for coaches and sports administrators, assisting them with best practices and tips on how to create a more welcoming environment for LGBT athletes and coaches. It will be offered in French by Guylaine Demers, professor at Laval University and President of Égale Action.

When: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST

Learn More & Register Today!
Canadian Sport for Life webinar – LTAD Considerations for
Engaging Girls and Young Women

Introducing our newest CS4L resource—a presentation that you can book for delivery in person or as a webinar for your organization, meeting or conference. Join us for a showcase of the presentation via webinar.

The Canadian Sport for Life movement and use of long-term athlete development (LTAD) pathways are improving the delivery of sport and physical activity in Canada despite all the barriers. Presented by Sydney Millar, join CAAWS on learning about the bumps, roadblocks, and dead ends that exist along the LTAD pathway for girls and young women, and gain strategies to overcome them. Practical recommendations will be provided for coaches, recreation leaders, teachers, and sport administrators.

Registration for the March 24th webinar is full.
Due to overwhelming interest, a second webinar has been added!

When: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST 
Register Today!
ICYMI: The Ontario Government Announces New Equity Measures for Sport & Recreation
On March 8th, the Ontario Government announced that sport and recreation funding from the province will now be tied to a gender equity framework. Recipients of funding will need to have policies and plans in place for equity in programming, training, coaching and governance.
CAAWS celebrates this move, and looks forward to working with the Ontario Government and organizations in the province to bring this to life. We invite organizations to partner with CAAWS to develop their action plans.

Read the full announcement and our response.
Upcoming Dates

March 22nd, 2017 
– Webinar: Travailler avec des athlètes et des entraîneurs LGBT

March 24th, 2017

– Webinar: LTAD Considerations to Actively Engage Girls and Young Women

March 30th, 2017

– CAAWS Lunch and Learn (Toronto, ON)

April 12th, 2017

– Women & Leadership Workshop: Conflict Management (Halifax, NS)

April 12th – April 15th, 2017

– CAAWS @ International Physical Literacy Conference

April 25th, 2017
– Webinar: LTAD Considerations to Actively Engage Girls and Young Women

April 27th – 29th, 2017

– CAAWS @ Alberta Sport Leadership Conference

May 6th, 2017

– Leadership Workshop: Influencing Chance (Red Deer, AB)

May 7th, 2017

– Leadership Workshop: Conflict Management (Red Deer, AB)

– Leadership Workshop: Effective Communication (Red Deer, AB)

May 10th, 2017

– Women & Leadership Workshop: Influencing Change (Halifax, NS)

June 7th, 2017

– Women & Leadership Workshop: Life Balance (Halifax, NS)

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

The 20 Women recognized on the CAAWS Most Influential Women List for 2016, and the 3 Women inducted to the CAAWS Wall of Influence!
Karolina Wisniewska, The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, and Maureen Orchard, on being inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame.
Fran Rider, CEO of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, honoured in the 2017 class of the Order of Hockey in Canada.
Wendy Bedingfield, Debby Smith, and June Lumsden, the 2017 WomenActive-NS Trailblazers.
Michelle Stilwell, Canadian Paralympic athlete and 6x gold medalist, who announced her retirement from Para Athletics.
Tanya Mruck, CAAWS board member and Executive Director of the MLSE LaunchPad, on the grand opening of the MLSE LaunchPad – first of its kind in North America.
Kia Nurse, CAAWS “Ones to Watch” in 2015, on her contributions to the UConn Huskies’ historic 100th consecutive win.

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