The Physical Literacy Connector Newsletter

Job Opportunities
Early Entry Jobs

Recreation Programmer (Summer) - City of Calgary (Up to 20 on-Call Positions)

Recreation Leaders, On-Call (Summer) - City of Calgary (Up to 105 on-Call Positions)

YMAP/LIT Coordinator - South YMCA (Part-Time)

Summer Day Camp Coordinator - Glencoe Club (Seasonal Full-Time)

Summer Day Camp Leaders - Glencoe Club (Seasonal Full-Time)

Team Lead, Mountain Bike - Winsport (Seasonal Full-Time)

Evenings & Weekends Mountain Bike Instructor - Winsport (Seasonal Part-Time)

Summer Mountain Bike Instructor - Winsport (Seasonal Full-Time)

Call of the Wild Instructor, Summer Camps - Winsport (Seasonal Full-Time)

Into the Wild Instructor, Summer Camps - Winsport (Seasonal Full-Time)

Team Lead, Summer Camps - Winsport (Seasonal Full-Time)

Play Project Assistant - Vivo (Part-Time)

Head Lifegaurd - Lac La Biche County (Full-Time)


Senior Level Jobs

Parks Program Ambassador - City of Calgary (Full-Time)

Fitness Program Supervisor - Calgary Winter Club - (Full-Time)

National Events Manager - Gymnastics Canada, Ottawa (Full-Time)

Communication & Marketing Manager - Gymnastics BC, Vancouver (Full-Time)

Aquatics Coordinator - Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services, Edmonton (Full-Time)

Upcoming Events and Information Links
New Perspectives on physical lteracy with Dean Dudley

"Learning happens our whole life and physical literacy is essentially the concept of how we learn and express learning through movement. So it is both a process – I acquire it through movement, but is also an outcome – I express my learning through movement. I don’t express it writing an essay about how much I love football; I play football, I live it."

Physical Literacy experts Dean Dudley from Macquarie University in Australia and Rose-Marie Repond from EUPEA take an in-depth look at the concept from perspectives we may never have considered before, including how physical literacy can support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), why we can compare physical literacy with the periodic table of elements, and many more exclusive insights.

This podcast is part of the Physical Literacy for Life project, supported by the EU's Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative partnerships.

Listen to the full podcast 

Physical Literacy in Aquatic Environments: A Discussion Paper

This discussion paper looks at how people develop into competent, confident, and motivated movers in aquatic environments. Designed for policy-makers, swim program designers, and swim instructors, this document aims to rethink the traditional approach to developing competencies in aquatic environments. This is not designed to be a prescriptive guide for developing physical literacy in aquatic environments. Targeted at aquatics organizations, the purpose of this document is to introduce a new approach, a new way of thinking. This document is also a catalyst for discussion to increase the ability for people to be safe and enjoy aquatic environments.

Download here


Canadian Practices in Inclusive Recreation 

The Alberta Parks and Recreation Association is supporting inclusion and access for persons with disabilities. Check out this community spotlight: Wheelchair Sports Alberta and the City of Calgary here.


Nutrition and Wellness Tips

Nutrition Tip

Muscle cramps and magnesium supplements

Older adults and pregnant women commonly complain of leg cramps when resting, athletes experience cramping after intense exercise, and some muscle cramps happen just because. Could magnesium supplements relieve muscle cramps? Garrison and colleagues (2020) conducted a study of studies (Meta-Analysis) collecting evidence from 11 RCTs and concluded that it is unlikely that magnesium supplementation relieves skeletal muscle cramps (no RCTs available on athletes). However, adequate magnesium intake is critical for optimal health. Look to get magnesium from food sources whenever possible, since they provide other health benefits, too. Foods rich in magnesium include green leafy vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts (check out





Wellness Tip

Alberta Health Services: Ways to wellness

The Ways to Wellness toolkit is intended for use by mental health staff, school administrators, and health practitioners. The toolkit can support the promotion of mental health in initiatives such as the Comprehensive School Health strategy, chronic disease prevention, and other targeted settings. A link to the toolkit can be found here.

An introductory video 'Ways to Wellness' can be found on YouTube (2:42) here.

Alumni - Hayley Helland

My name is Hayley Helland and I recently graduated from MRU in the Physical Literacy program in Spring 2020. My goal post-graduation was to attend grad school at the University of Western States to obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic. However, The pandemic hit and my plans changed. I decided it was in my best interest to take some time off until the health crisis dissipated. The job market was dismal but I was fortunate to have landed a job that interested me.
Currently, I work in a group home as a Health Care Aid supporting adults with varying disabilities. I fell in love with this line of work, which inspired me to take on another role via respite supporting an 8-year-old boy with autism.
With both jobs I use the skills learned from the Physical Literacy degree to support my clients, particularly from the Adapted Physical Activity course. Both jobs provide ample opportunity to promote physical activity and keep the clients active, especially since Covid has taken away so many public programs they usually participate in.
I never thought Physical Literacy would translate so well into an aid/support position but I am reminded everyday of how much it does! I’m very grateful to have the tools and knowledge gained from PL to implement into my jobs in order to keep the clients physically and mentally thriving during such trying times.

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Department of Health and Physical Education
Nadine Van Wyk, PhD

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