CAAWS eNetwork                         June 2019
Happy Pride Month! 

June is a time to celebrate and support our LGBTQI2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit) + community members in sport and physical activity.  

Research suggests that LGB teens are half as likely to participate in sports than their straight counterparts. From 1998 to 2013, participation among lesbian girls dropped from 62% to 52% and to 38% from 48% for bisexual girls.  

How can you celebrate PRIDE and promote inclusion in sport? 

  • Check out this list of 22 trans, lesbian, and bisexual women athletes and their incredible achievements! 

  • Visit our resources page to learn more about how to create inclusive sport environments for people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. 

  • Read about the history of Canadian pride.  

How can you #ChampionChange with CAAWS? 
Left to Right: Jenn Heil, Sarah Murray, Stephanie Talsma, Thais Olivetti, Renuka Rathore, Waneek Horn-Miller, and Terri Temelini. 
  • Earlier in June, CAAWS co-delivered two sessions at Women Deliver, the world’s largest conference on gender equality. Check out the recorded live stream of both sessions on our Facebook page! 

    • From the Playing Field to the Board Room: Waneek Horn-Miller, Renuka Rathore, Thais Olivetti, and Jenn Heil share perspectives from Canada and around the world on how sport?can empower girls and women to be better leaders

    • Feminism and Sport: What’s Play Got to Do With It? : Well-designed sport and play programs provide safe spaces for girls and women to build agency and challenge existing gender norms.?In this session, global leaders share how different sports are intentionally creating transformative change

  • Planning for an upcoming board meeting, staff meeting, or AGM? CAAWS has trained facilitators available to lead presentations for your organization about the importance of gender equity and how to achieve it at the board level. Learn more about our presentations here or email

  • The FIFA Women’s World Cup kicked off on June 7th! Canada’s Women’s National Team is currently ranked 5th in the worldLearn more about who’s playing and how to watch the games.  

What's catching our eye this month?

Every person in sport has a role to play in making their workplace inclusive. True inclusivity requires reflection on the part of those who are more privileged to understand which voices are valued the most in an organization and why.  

As the CEO of Change Catalyst, Melinda Epler works to increase diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. In her TED Talk, Epler shares her thoughts on how best to act as an ally to those who face discrimination at work. 

Watch the video! 

Celebrating organizations that #ChampionChange

Photo: Uptown Montreal Basketball

Basketball Coach Olivia Brown started Uptown Montreal Basketball after the girls’ team she had previously coached was shut down with little notice.  

She and her friends noticed a gap in the city where there was very little programming for girls who wanted to play competitively.  

UMB’s motto is ‘Be the Difference,’ and they run a growing basketball program for teenage girls – two of their teams recently won local tournaments. Each team at UMB has at least one coach who is a woman.  

Some of the goals expressed in UMB’s philosophy include fostering a positive atmosphere, supporting their players both athletically and academically, and developing the character of each player by teaching values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership.  

UMB is creating space for girls to play and supporting them as more than just athletes. They’re both providing role models and developing skills so the players themselves can become role models to others in the future. 

Read more about UMB.

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Research that drives us forward

Studies in the corporate sphere have shown that organizations are more likely to understand target consumers when they have at least one member who represents their target’s gender, race, age, sexual orientation, or culture. It has also been demonstrated that without diverse leaders, women, people of colour, and LGBT employees are less likely to have their ideas endorsed (Catalyst, Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter, 2018).  

In Case You Missed It: Check out our article in the most recent edition of the SIRCuit about gender equity on sport boards! Hear the perspectives of three sport leaders whose organizations have made a commitment to equity and learn how you can do the same.   

Read the article.
Congratulations to...
  • Waneek Horn-MillerColette Bourgonje, Vicki Keith, Guylaine BernierJayna Hefford, who are all being inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.  
  • Hayley Wickenheiser, who was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Hall of Fame.  
  • Cathy Engelbert, who was named the new commissioner of the WNBA. 
  • Manon Ouellette, who was recognized at the Coaching Association of Canada’s Partner’s Congress for her six year term on the CAC’s board of directors. 
  • Teresa ReschRae-Marie Rostant, Zahra Hashwani Bruce, Jenn SygoGeni MelvilleJennifer Quinn, Amanda Joaquim, Brittni DonaldsonJennifer Taylor, Shelby Weaver, and all the other women on the Raptor’s staff, who are the first ever NBA Champions in franchise history.  
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