Engaging Women in Active Living: Creating Opportunities for Wellness

Engaging Women in Active Living: Creating Opportunities for Wellness

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Learn how to apply strategies to increase the participation of adult women in active living programs.

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This interactive 6-part series will provide recreation and sport leaders with practical information on how to get and keep adult women active. The presenters will highlight the diversity of adult women and their many intersecting identities with specific considerations provided to engage women 55+, new mothers, Indigenous women and newcomer women.

In each 90-minute session, participants will learn about what motivates women to participate, and how to apply strategies to increase the participation of adult women in active living programs. Each presentation will highlight unique programs as case studies and feature regional guest speakers with expertise in leading successful recreation and sport programs for women. Plan to join us to learn more!

Guest Presenters

Nicole van Rootselaar is PhD student at the University of Lethbridge who enjoys staying active through recreational sports leagues, but in the past has missed the thrill of competition. In 2018, she attended a practice with the Lethbridge Steel Women Tackle Football Team. This team is part of the WWCFL, a competitive league with seven teams across the prairies. Nicole fell in love with the contact sport and with the Lethbridge Steel team, and will share how football created a space for her, and a diverse group of friends to enjoy and excel at being active.

Jennie Vessey is a mother of 2 and has been the Director of Mommy Connections Saskatoon since February 2014. Her mission at Mommy Connections Saskatoon is to create and foster a mommy community where women can help each other through the motherhood journey. Jennie values getting to meet so many amazing local families and watching the connections and friendships that form. Prior to this role, Jennie worked with youth and adults with intellectual disabilities.

This session is presented by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, in partnership with Canadian Women & Sport, Alberta Parks and Recreation Association, Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association and Recreation Manitoba.

The workshop series has been made possible by the Government of Canada.