- CAAWS PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE
- CELEBRATING CAAWS’ 30TH ANNIVERSARY- PROFILING
WOMEN IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
- STACEY LEVITT WOMEN AND SPORT SCHOLARSHIP – CALL
- UPCOMING CAAWS WORKSHOPS
- STEP UP! SPEAK OUT! ALLY CAMPAIGN FOR INCLUSIVE SPORT
- WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 2011
- CAAWS AND ATHLETESCAN RESPOND TO BADMINTON’S “MANDATORY
- STAY CONNECTED WITH CAAWS
1. CAAWS PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE
the Move - On May 30th and 31st, new and experienced
facilitators from across Ontario will gather to be (re)trained
to deliver CAAWS’ On the Move Workshop. In partnership
with Sport North, a facilitator will also be trained from
the Northwest Territories! A number of new resources are being
finalized in preparation for the event, and On the Move workshops
are now being scheduled across the province. Stay tuned for
CAAWS Women and Leadership Network - CAAWS’
new Women and Leadership Network continues to grow. Help us
reach 300 members by registering yourself, or using our Take
Action! email campaign to invite a friend or colleague to
join. The Network has been designed as the go-to place where
women involved in sport and physical activity across Canada
can connect, build their skills, share ideas, discuss issues,
find solutions and take action. Join the Network today!
New Partnership with Saint Elizabeth Health Care
– CAAWS is excited to partner with the Saint Elizabeth
First Nations, Inuit and Métis Program to deliver a
FREE webinar about our Aboriginal On the Move program, the
Aboriginal Women and Leadership workshops, and other CAAWS
initiatives to community based health care providers across
Canada. This is an exciting opportunity to provide information
and resources to First Nation communities, and explore the
use of webinars to expand CAAWS’ reach. For more information,
2. CELEBRATING CAAWS’ 30TH ANNIVERSARY
- PROFILING WOMEN IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
2011 marks CAAWS' 30th anniversary. To celebrate, we are
showcasing key milestones, and the people behind them, that
have contributed to CAAWS' vision of an equitable sport and
physical activity system.
MEN AS ALLIES OF WOMEN IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Men have an important role to play in supporting the participation
and leadership of girls and women in sport and physical activity.
In 1994, David Morrison, a father of two young girls, became
a champion of gender discrimination when he spoke out against
the inequity of financial funding for female sporting clubs
in his hometown of Coquitlam, BC.
At the time of the complaint, Mr. Morrison was a director
of the Omega Gymnastics Club in the City of Coquitlam, and
his nine year old daughter trained at the privately owned,
non-profit club. After numerous failed attempts to gain funding
from the City of Coquitlam for the club, Mr. Morrison lodged
a sex-discrimination complaint with the provincial Human Rights
Commission (HRC) on the basis that the city consistently provided
a disproportionate amount of public funds to male-only sports,
in this instance, hockey.
“I did what I felt was right for all young girls and
women wanting an equal chance to be active,” Mr. Morrison
said. “I plan to continue my efforts by helping other
municipalities implement similar programs.” To learn
more, visit www.caaws.ca/e/milestones/30_years/men_as_allies.cfm
3. STACEY LEVITT WOMEN AND SPORT SCHOLARSHIP
– CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
is now accepting applications for the 2011 Stacey Levitt Women
and Sport Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at $2,500,
is awarded annually to young women, girls’ teams, or
sport organizations that exemplify Stacey’s ideals and
qualities. The scholarship, which honours the memory of Stacey,
is distributed among five recipients; with each recipient
receiving $500. High school, university and collegiate level
women are encouraged to apply. Consideration will be given
to the financial needs of the applicant.
Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2011.
Any applications received after this date will not be considered.
2011 Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship recipients
will be announced in August 2011.
For more information, please visit http://www.caaws.ca/e/grants/
4. UPCOMING CAAWS WORKSHOPS
CAAWS will be hosting a Lunch and Learn
event on Thursday, 9 June, from 12-2pm at
the RA Centre, Ottawa ON. We will be having a guest speaker
come share her experiences with the group, and lunch will
be provided. Further details will be announced shortly so
mark the date in your calendar, share the event with your
network, and invite a friend to come! If you live in the Ottawa
region and would like us to add your name to the invitation
list for upcoming events in the area, please submit your email
address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAAWS will be involved in two sessions at the Canadian Public
Health Association Conference in Montreal QC from June 19-22,
2011. On June 20th CAAWS will be delivering sessions on the
Newcomer On the Move project and Physical Activity for Women
For more information and/or to register for the CPHA 2011
Annual Conference, visit http://www.cpha.ca/en/conferences.
For more CAAWS events and details, visit http://www.caaws.ca/e/calendar/.
5. STEP UP! SPEAK OUT! ALLY CAMPAIGN
FOR INCLUSIVE SPORT
Together AthletesCAN, Coaches of Canada, True Sport Foundation,
the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and
Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), the Canadian Centre for
Ethics in Sport, Sport Officials Canada, and Egale Canada
are calling upon the Canadian sport community to respect all
individuals involved in sport, regardless of perceived or
actual sexual orientation.
Launched on the International Day Against Homophobia on May
17th, this national campaign is inspired by Hudson Taylor’s
Athlete AllyTM pledge.
As part of the Step Up! Speak Out! Ally Campaign
for Inclusive Sport, individuals and organizations
are being asked to publicly commit to being an Ally and bring
the message of inclusion, respect and equality to their sport.
To learn more about the campaign and to become a Step Up!
Speak Out! Ally or Champion, go to www.stepupspeakout.ca.
6. WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 2011
May 31st each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates
World No Tobacco Day to increase awareness about the health
risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective
policies to reduce consumption. In an effort to promote physical
activity as a viable alternative to smoking, CAAWS created
Active & Free: Young women, physical activity
and tobacco. This practical resource and Take
5 action primer support health promoters and sport
and physical activity leaders in encouraging a healthy lifestyle
for girls and young women by keeping them physically active
and tobacco-free…for life.
To celebrate World No Tobacco Day, CAAWS will launch new
interactive web-based resources designed specifically for
girls and young women (ages 9-18). Stay tuned in the coming
weeks for these new resources and be sure to share them with
your youth networks!
For more information on Active & Free: Young
women, physical activity and tobacco, visit http://www.caaws.ca/activeandfree/e/index.cfm
7. CAAWS AND ATHLETESCAN RESPOND TO
BADMINTON’S “MANDATORY SKIRT RULE”
Over the past number of years, the Badminton World Federation
(BWF) has seen tremendous athlete leadership and made great
strides towards gender equity within their sport; a standard
21-point rally system, equal prize money, and equal participation
of men and women in the events offered. CAAWS and AthletesCAN
are therefore disappointed to see the BWF take a large step
back with its recent rule which will require all female players
to wear skirts or dresses for Level 1 to 3 tournaments. This
rule, which is part of a larger campaign to “raise the
profile of women in Badminton” and “enhance the
presentation of the game”, will come into effect June
“For thirty years, CAAWS has worked towards eliminating
the barriers girls and women face in participating in sport
as both participants and leaders. While many female Badminton
players choose to wear skirts during tournament play, those
that do not for religious and cultural purposes or personal
preference, should not be forced to do so” says Karin
Lofstrom, Executive Director, CAAWS.
“AthletesCAN supports the right of female athletes
to have a choice and be involved in the decision making process
of their sport. Raising the profile of women in Badminton
and presentation of the sport by imposing a mandatory rule
on female players sends the wrong message” says Jasmine
Northcott, Executive Director, AthletesCAN.
“As an athlete, whether I chose to wear a skirt or
not, the ability to confidently walk on the court and succeed,
is directly related to choice. I choose to wear a skirt –
I also choose to wear shorts – the basic principle is
that I have a choice. That choice is directly linked to my
success on the court. In a sport where we’ve come so
far in creating a strong and vibrant environment of gender
equity, it is disappointing to see attempts by the Badminton
World Federation to portray female sport not by the character,
strength and athletic accomplishments of our extraordinary
female athletes, but by a skirt” says Anna Rice, two-time
Olympian and recent retiree from the Canadian National Badminton
CAAWS and AthletesCAN are disappointed with this ruling and
the elimination of choice and control for female athletes
over what they wear in competition. We encourage the BWF to
think about the greater repercussions this ruling will have
on the inclusion and participation of girls and women in the
sport of Badminton. CAAWS and AthletesCAN also support further
dialogue between the BWF and the female athletes directly
affected by this decision.
8. STAY CONNECTED WITH CAAWS
Did you know that CAAWS is on Facebook and Twitter? Well
now you do! Stay “In the Loop” with CAAWS and
up to date on the latest news and issues related to girls
and women and sport and physical activity through social media.
Right now, CAAWS has 907 followers on Twitter, and 246 Facebook
friends. We want our readers to help us reach our goal of
1,000 Twitter followers and 350 Facebook friends by June 30!
Follow us on our Twitter
pages, and have all your friends and colleagues follow us
The following women were named to the Mission Staff for the
London 2012 Paralympic Games: Chantal Petitclerc
(Montreal, QC), retired Paralympian with 21 Paralympic medals;
Judy Joseph-Black (Gabriola Island, BC),
BC sport consultant and former CAAWS Board member; Lindsay
Hugenholtz (Halifax, NS), Deputy CEO of the Halifax
2011 Canada Games; Alison Korn (Ottawa, ON),
CPC Media Relations and Laura Domenicucci
(Ottawa, ON), CPC Domestic Sport Development. To see a complete
list of Mission Staff biographies, please visit http://www.paralympic.ca/en/Press-Release/Mission-Staff-Media-Release/Teleconference-Reminder.html
Sandra Gage (Ottawa, ON), Director of Business
Development for the Canadian Soccer Association was elected
to the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Board of Directors.
The Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA) has
appointed CCPSA president Sandra Hermiston
(Edmonton, AB) as member at large on the Executive Committee
of the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation
Sport Manitoba has announced their Women to Watch Grant recipients
for 2011. The list includes three young coaches: Nia
Perron in the sport of rowing, Ashley Fudge
in the sport of equestrian and Jaclyn Butterworth
in the sport of field hockey. For the full list of recipients
and their biographies, please visit http://www.caaws.ca/e/article.cfm?ID=4297
Canada’s Carol Anne Chénard
(Montreal, QC) is one of 51 female officials selected to officiate
at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™. Ten-time
Paralympic medalist Lauren Woolstencroft
(Vancouver, BC) and 16 year Canadian soccer team player Andrea
Neil (Vancouver, BC) will be inducted into Canada’s
Sports Hall of Fame in November 2011.
For the first time in Canada’s history, women make
up a quarter of the 308 seats in the House of Commons.
Did you know you can connect with CAAWS to find out the latest
news? Become a fan of CAAWS on Facebook,
or follow us on Twitter
for another way to stay “In the Loop.”