The Physical Literacy Connector

We hope this newsletter finds you well as you navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. As we adjust to our normal continue to move your body and connect with nature for your overall well-being. Movement helps your body physically and mentally.
Job Opportunities
Senior Camp and PLAY Leader (3 positions) - High River

MRU Camps Program Supervisor (Sports and Outdoor Activiites) - MRU

MRU Camps Program Supervisor (Creative and STEAM) - MRU

MRU Camps Program Supervisor (Early Education and Elementary) - MRU

MRU Camp Leaders - MRU

MRU Camps Supervisor  - MRU

Director of Aquatics and Fitness - Repsol Centre

Operations Supervisor - Castlegar & District Community Complex

Manager of Recreation - Creston & District Community Complex

Senior Summer Day Camp Leader - Town of Innisfail

Coordinator, Summer Day Camp - City of Whitehorse

Leader 2, Summer Day Camp - City of Whitehorse

Recreation Programmer - City of Brooks
Upcoming Events and Information Links

BDO Ignite – Calgary

BDO Ignite is an exclusive series of events that allows students the unique opportunity to connect with our people, experience our culture, and learn about our firm and career opportunities first hand.

At BDO, we define who we are by three key pillars:  Client Centric - We walk alongside clients to help them achieve their dreams. Diversity & Inclusion - We celebrate individuality and encourage expression of all ideas. Innovation - We are bold. We challenge each other and ourselves to embrace opportunity. 

Wondering if BDO is the right fit for you? Get to know us at BDO Ignite. Through attending:

  • You will tour our office space and see where we work
  • You will hear from a lineup of speakers and gain a deeper understanding of our firm
  • You will learn about the work we do, and what career opportunities are available through our Campus Program
  • You will meet our BDO team and build your professional network
  • You will experience our BDO culture and what makes our firm a great place to work

Dress Code: Business casual

Event overview:

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: BDO Calgary Office | #620, 903 - 8th Avenue SW | T2P 0P7
To apply and for more information: 
Online applications close Friday, May 8, 2020

Sport Calgary has released a number of Podcasts on different topics. To access the podcasts click here.
Interesting Read
The development of executive functions and social emotional learning skills through sport. Find it here.
Stay Active During Isolation!
There are many online resources to keep you active and healthy. Many facilities and personal trainers have made resources available for free or for a short trail period. Here are just a few online resources that you may find interesting.

Stay calm, be active: simple ways to boost your physical activity during COVID-19
British Journal Sports Medicine Blog
There are many online courses offered through Sport for Life.

Online Educational Courses

Nutrition and Wellness Tips

Nutrition Tip

Getting Groceries During Quarantine

Quarantine and social distancing is making some of our easiest tasks more challenging. As we are adjusting to our new normal there are a few things we can do to keep us safe. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have highlighted some tips for how we can safely shop for groceries and what we should keep in our pantry. Some of these include limiting time in the grocery store and meal planning. For further information click here.

Wellness Tip

Daily Student Support - Free Webinar

These sessions will focus on themes such as coping with worries, self-isolation, ways to stay connected and drawing on your resilience. We are not able to answer questions about MRU's response or provide medical information to COVID-19.

Presented by Student Counselling Services

Monday to Friday (daily)
1 p.m. 
webinar ( link will be live at 12:45 p.m.)

Hey YOU at MRU!

We want to hear from you!

Is there something you wold like to share? This is your chance to brag about what you have been doing and also the chance to share opportunities with other students.
Email Nadine by the 20th of each month to add a submission at

Alumni Highlight

Dayln Dekker

I graduated from MRU with a Physical Literacy degree in 2019. I was working part time at Vivo as the 4 in 1 Lead. The 4 in 1 program is a 7-year longitudinal research study comparing  the motor proficiencies of multi-sport children to children who participated in only one or two activities. While I was working I got accepted to U of C for the 2 year after-ed program in Secondary Physical Education. Before starting the semester I was unsure if I wanted to continue with schooling as I loved my job so much. About one month in I realized that becoming a teacher was not something I wanted to do. I finished out the semester, mostly because I was involved in many many group projects that I couldn’t leave hanging. As soon as I completed my semester I was offered a full time position at Vivo.
Now, I am the Camps and 4 in 1 Coordinator at Vivo. I am filling in a maternity leave position so this will not be a permanent position. My role consists of programming and coaching the 4 in 1 program. As well, I get the chance to program camps, interview and hire leads and instructors for summer camps, solidify partnerships to enhance the camps programs, and spend a ton of time budgeting. My day is mostly spent in front of a computer so I aim to do one active thing a day, and so far it’s working out.
My advice to HPED students: don’t be afraid to take the leap. If you are torn between two or more options as a career, follow your gut. I know that you know which route you really want to take. Mine was not an easy decision to drop out, I made a pros and cons list and spent about 2 weeks unsure of how to proceed. But over time by feelings were solidified. I hope that this also happens for you.
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