CAAWS eNetwork                                                October 2017

October is Women's History Month!

We celebrate the game-changers who have opened doors for women and girls in sport. We asked a handful of female leaders for their insight on Canada150 and the push for equity in sport and here's what they said:
"My wish is that we no longer need to advocate for equity for women in sport - it will be understood and accepted that sport must be equitable and this principle will be fully adopted, accepted and implemented by all leaders responsible for delivering sport programs in Canada."

-Anne Merklinger, CEO, Own The Podium

"Without vision/leadership/courage at the top of our sports AND robust programs and activities at the bottom, it will be very difficult to move the needle. Women and men must be a part of creating this change."
-Debbie Kirkwood, Director, High Performance, Tennis Canada

"Let's celebrate the good, push for better and never settle for the status quo."

-Hayley Wickenheiser, Member, IOC Athletes' Commission

We all have a role to play in making inequality history! What’s your commitment to women and girls and sport? Share it on Twitter using #CAAWS150! 
Celebration of Women and Sport Event 
CAAWS marked the International Day of the Girl on October 11th with an uplifting event that brought together almost 350 champions for women and sport! Even more joined us on Twitter using #CAAWS150 for the live feed from the day.
 Participants engaged in breakout sessions, presentations and exhibitor showcases—all with the goal of expanding and supporting leadership that will advance equity for girls and women in sport. Throughout the day, each person was challenged to complete a personal action plan detailing how they will make a difference going forward.
The event featured respected leaders and subject matter experts, including Olympians Rosie MacLennan and Rosie Cossar, Lise Jubinville of Softball Canada, Thérèse Quigley of Western University (retired), Catherine Sabiston and Gretchen Kerr of the University of Toronto, Guylaine Demers from Université Laval, and more.

Exceptional presenters and passionate participants meant there was no shortage of discussion in the sessions and the hallways in between!
Visit our
event recap page for more on the event and photos.
The WISE Fund is live!
The Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund is accepting applications! If you are creating opportunities that will keep girls in sport or advance female sport leadership, this grant program is for you. We’re awarding ten $1000 grants again this year.
Click here for all the details and apply today!
Application deadline is November 10th.
Ottawa Lunch and Learn Event
Join CAAWS for our luncheon event on November 28th in Ottawa!
Network with colleagues, hear from CAAWS on the organization’s new strategic direction, and learn more about the soon-to-be-released Female Coach Mentorship Model. CAAWS and the CAC partnered to develop this free, turnkey and proven model with the goal to enable effective mentoring relationships in support of female coach advancement.
With its universally-relevance, this model and resource is a great tool for anyone interested in mentorship. Join us for a great conversation about mentorship and leave with the resources on the spot!
When: November 28th, 2017
Where: RA Centre, Clark Hall (2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa)
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (registration opens at 11:30 AM)
Cost: $20.00 per person, includes buffet lunch
All are welcome and encouraged to attend! 

Register Today
Landmark Women and Girls in Sport Report

CAAWS celebrates the release of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s report: Women and Girls in Sport. The report is a historic contribution to the ongoing discourse on closing the gender gap in Canadian sport. It has been 19 years since a similar a similar study and report were undertaken.

Read more
Partnership with Ontario Soccer

Ontario Soccer and CAAWS are excited to announce a partnership that will bolster the advancement of women in soccer, as participants and as leaders.

The partnership, which will focus on four strategic areas – female coaching development, female match officials development, female board recruitment and female youth leadership development – will hope to serve as a best practice for other amateur sport organizations across the province and Canada.

More info
Upcoming Dates


October 20th, 2017
- CAAWS: LTAD Consideration to Actively Engage Girls and Young Women Presentation
(Vancouver, BC) Register Here

October 22nd, 2017
 Leadership Workshops - Effective Networking (King City, ON)

October 26th, 2017
- CAAWS: Leading with Confidence Workshop - Jumpstart (Saint Catharines, ON)

October 28th, 2017
- CAAWS: Women and Leadership Workshop: Effective Communication (Ottawa, ON)

November 2nd, 2017
- CAAWS at the Coaching Association of Canada’s
Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference (Calgary, AB)
  • CAAWS Workshop - Female Coach Mentorship Model 
  • Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Strategies to Disrupt the Status Quo
November 7th, 2017
Leadership Workshops – Influencing Change (Whistler, BC)

November 22nd, 2017
- CAAWS: Leading with Confidence Workshop (Digby, NS)

November 24th, 2017
- CAAWS Session - Sport New Brunswick Summit

For more information on CAAWS upcoming events, visit our calendar.
Congratulations to...
Leanne Nicolle, CAAWS Board Member, on her election to the Soccer Canada Board of Directors.
Karen McClintock, for her election to the position of Secretary General with the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation’s Pan American Confederation.
Carol Purcer, on her election as President of Rowing Canada’s Board of Directors, to Marisha Roman and Dr. Jennifer Walinga on their election to the Board, and to Rowing Canada for achieving a gender-balanced Board.

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