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Cool February Issue from Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity

February 2013
In this Issue

1. CAAWS Programs At a Glance

2. Women and Leadership Corner
3. CAAWS Announces its 2013 WISE Fund Recipients
4. Égale Action Call for the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity in Quebec
5. FISU Gender Equality Sport Award
6. CPC Call for Nominations for the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame

7. Re-Launch of the Northern Links Website
8. Upcoming Events
9. Celebrations

1. CAAWS Programs At a Glance
CAAWS Executive Director Receives a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal – Karin Lofstrom was honored by ParticipACTION for her contributions to making physical activity a priority for girls and women. ParticipACTION awarded medals to 55 outstanding leaders within the field of physical activity promotion.

CAAWS Report from the CS4L Summit - Lori Johnstone and Sydney Millar, co-authors of CAAWS' Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors, presented to a packed room at the CS4L Summit in Gatineau (QC) earlier this month, sharing success stories and promising practices from community, provincial/territorial, and national organizations taking action to increase the participation and leadership of women and girls.
January Lunch and Learn a Success! – A big thank you to Valerie Hughes, General Manager for the IIHF Ice Hockey Women's Championships being held in Ottawa in April 2013, who shared her experience in this role, her career path, and her strategies for work-life balance. Thanks too to everyone who attended.

CAAWS' next Women and Leadership event in Ottawa (and Halifax and Vancouver) is a full-day event on March 8 – see Upcoming Events, below.

2. Women and Leadership Corner

CAAWS' Women and Leadership Network was created to support the involvement of women leaders in sport and physical activity across the country. The Network is the go-to place where members can connect, build their skills, share ideas, discuss issues, find solutions and take action. Membership is free!

Dealing with Conflict

Conflict, in its many forms, is an inevitable part of our personal and professional lives. Handling conflict is one of the biggest challenges managers and employees face. Left unresolved, conflict can result in lowered morale, increased absenteeism and decreased productivity. Effective leaders understand the sources of conflict and have skills to help prevent it, but when it happens, they also know how to manage it.

Recommended Resources

• Leaders Talk Video – Penny Werthner, Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology at University of Calgary, and one of CAAWS' Founding Mothers, discusses three key tips for dealing with conflict.

• Leaders Tips – Marg McGregor, Sport Department, Canadian Olympic Committee, provides advice on managing a crisis effectively.

• Can we talk? How to confront someone at work – When things aren't going right in the office, here's how to keep your cool, address the issue, and even build stronger relationships with your co-workers in the process.

Note: On March 8th, CAAWS is launching our revised Women and Leadership Program Workshops (including Conflict Resolution) during concurrent events in Ottawa ON, Vancouver BC, and Halifax NS.

3. CAAWS Announces its 2013 WISE Fund Recipients
On February 11, 2013, CAAWS announced the 12 recipients of the Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund grants, designed to support female participation and leadership at all levels, as well as recognize and encourage organizations currently offering and/or creating new sport programs targeted to girls and women. Karin Lofstrom, CAAWS Executive Director, said “this year's winners are making a difference in their communities and helping girls and women find a true love of sport.” This year's recipients include ten organizations, one coach and one official.

4. Égale Action Call for the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity in Quebec

Égale Action is calling for nominees for the 8th edition of the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity Gala in Quebec. Five women will be honoured across the following categories: regional sport; provincial-national-international sport; innovative initiative in physical activity; appreciation award; and their NEW MentoreActive youth award for young women 15 to 18 years old. For nomination criteria and a submission form contact Élaine Lauzon.

5. FISU Gender Equality Sport Award

The FISU Gender Equality Sport Award recognizes projects that promote and establish women's participation in university sports, women's leadership development in sport organizations, or PhD/investigative research that encourages gender equality. Canadian Interuniversity Sport proudly presents the opportunity for Canadian projects and programs promoting gender equality and encouraging the higher integration of women in sport at all levels to apply for this honor.

6. CPC Call for Nominations for the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame

The call for nominations for induction into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame is now open. Nominate a woman Athlete, Coach or Builder today! Nominations are due by March 15, 2013.

7. Re-Launch of the Northern Links Website

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association and Leisure Information Network Re-Launched the Northern Links Website, supporting recreation practitioners in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in making positive changes through recreation on January 23, 2013.

This project is being managed by Isabelle Aubé, one of CAAWS' Aboriginal Women and Leadership Workshop facilitators.

8. Upcoming Events
CAAWS will be hosting a number of workshops in the coming weeks:

• Aboriginal Women and Leadership Workshops - Red Bank NB and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory ON.

• Making Healthy Connections with Racialized Communities Workshops: Girls' and Young Women's Experiences with Sport and Physical Activity (Ontario) - Mississauga, Brampton, Guelph, Thunder Bay, Hamilton, Ottawa and an English and French webinar.

Note: CAAWS is still looking for a few communities interested in hosting this exciting workshop, designed to help sport and recreation providers manage increasing community diversity. Contact Natalie Brett for more information.

• Women and Leadership Workshops – Celebrate International Women's Day with CAAWS on March 8th during full day professional development and networking events in Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, and Halifax NS. Each event will feature 2 of CAAWS' newly revised workshops, and a keynote address by an inspiring woman during lunch.

• Active After School Programming – CAAWS will be involved in a number of active after school program related workshops being organized to support project activities of the Canadian Active after school Partnership (CAASP) – Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC, Red Deer AB, Thunder Bay ON, Timmons ON (more are in the works!).

More information on CAAWS' upcoming events. For professional development opportunities and events hosted by other sport and physical activity organizations, both in Canada and internationally visit our Women and Leadership Network calendar – membership is free.

9. Celebrations

Congratulations to Kaillie Humphries (Calgary, AB) and Chelsea Valois (Carrot River, SK) for winning gold at the World Bobsleigh Championships. Montreal sisters Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe shared their first gold, silver podium on the FIS World Cup circuit. Christine Nesbitt(Ottawa, ON) won the 1,000m race at the Essent ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships.

Daria Gaiazova (Banff, AB) and Perianne Jones (Almonte, ON) celebrated the first Canadian medal on the 2014 Olympic venues in Sochi, Russia, winning the bronze medal in a World Cup classic-ski team sprint race. Calgary's Alex Gough blazed the trail to the podium by winning the bronze in the women's singles race at the Luge World Championships and Sarah Reid (Calgary, AB) took the bronze medal at the Skeleton World Championships.

CAAWS would like to congratulate all the women who received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.

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