The Physical Literacy Connector

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

Program Assistant - Calgary Winter Club (Full time)

Recreation Leader - Calgary Winter Club (Part time)

Aquatic Centre Supervisor - Spray Lakes, Cochrane (Full time)

Community Development Assistant - Cold Lake, AB (Full time)

Community Services Manager - Redwater, AB (Full time)

Summer Program Leader - City of Fort Saskatchewan

Arts, Culture and Event Coordinator - Town of Leduc (Maternity leave)
Volunteer Opportunities


Kids Help Phone Walk so Kids Can Talk — volunteer opportunities - MRU

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only 24/7, national support service. We offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. As a charity, we rely on donations and funds raised from events to help us continue to be there for youth. Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO is our biggest fundraising event and will happen on Sunday, May 3, 2020.

You could be part of this fun event by becoming a member of the Committee that helps organize this fundraiser. The following positions are available:

  • Secretary: Support the Chair and assist with administrative tasks
  • Route & Logistics Lead: Lead the organizing of a logistical plan and secure rental items
  • Food & Beverage Lead: Responsible for overseeing the logistics involved with organizing the food/drink for volunteers and participants
  • Participant Engagement Lead: Works with their subcommittee to connect and engage with past & present teams
  • Sponsorship Lead: Works alongside Kids Help Phone staff to secure and steward corporate sponsors leading up to and on the day of the walk

Time commitment is approximately five hours per month from January to May. Monthly meetings from January to March, and bi-weekly meetings from April to the beginning of May. Meeting take place at Kids Help Phone's office (1550 5st SW, Calgary).

When: Sunday, May 3, 2020 | Times TBA
Where: Eau Claire Plaza | 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary
If you are interested: Please send your resume to Carolina Bejarano, Development Officer at


Hull Services — Volunteer mentor for children & youth

Hull Services is currently looking for male mentors for children & youth. These boys live in the south part of Calgary.

Be a positive role model, identify and develop their strengths, build their self-esteem, improve their life skills and expose them to new interests and opportunities. Mentors are an integral part of our holistic approach to treatment and care — they often are the only unpaid support in these children's lives.

Qualifications: Vehicle and valid driver's license. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Genuine interest in supporting children/youth. Ability to set boundaries, be consistent, resolve conflicts, and demonstrate a respectful, flexible and open-minded approach. An understanding of mental health and behavioural challenges is an asset.
Commitment: An average of 1 to 4 hours per week for a minimum of one year.

When: There is no closing date for this opportunity as they are always recruiting volunteers.
For more information: Contact Marilyn Boston at 403.542.4215 or to learn more.
To apply: Complete the online application here:


Upcoming Events and Information Links

MRU Career Expo - March 4, 2020
Ross Glen Hall

The time is now to start planning for your career! Employers want to hire MRU students and grads from all programs. At Career Expo on Wednesday, March 4 you can:

  • Build your network 
  • Learn what jobs are out there
  • Connect with employers, some who are ready to hire right away! 

Register now and receive updates about the event and a reminder the day before! 

It’s bigger and better 

Career Expo has outgrown the space on Main Street. The event is now in Ross Glen Hall with booths organized by industry and MRU programs. Come by between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. where you can:  

  • Visit and network with representatives from many local and international organizations
  • Attend a panel and learn about careers and the job market
  • Set up a conversation with employers after Career Expo with the Coffee Connect program
  • Enter to win prizes

Want to help out at Career Expo? Check out volunteer opportunities

MRU Student Research 
Are you an MRU student doing a research project? Would you like to share your project with students, staff and faculty? Here is your chance. The deadline to register is March 9, 2020.

Come and attend the Physical Literacy and You (PLAY) Calgary Meeting 

March 25th, 2020 - 1-3 pm
Mount Royal University @ Ross Glen Hall

Speaker: Lea Wiens
Local to National, Fitness to Sport, Instructor to Mentor: How physical literacy became the a golden thread to inspire a professional career

Unique discussion, learning and networking opportunities with PLAY Calgary members and MRU Health and Physical Education, Early Childhood and Education students

Previous meeting notes and resources available at

Youth Development through Recreation Services Symposium

Hosted through Alberta Recreation and Parks Association
April 1-2, 2020 at the Clareview Community Recreation Centre in Edmonton, AB
Youth Development through Recreation Services (YDRS) Symposium is a training opportunity that can advance your personal and professional skills in youth development through sport and recreation. This symposium will provide learning related to the theme of “understanding youth and building resilience.” The symposium starts with an award-winning keynote, Tim Adams of Free Footie. He will discuss youth and resiliency in his recreational soccer program. The program itself includes sessions on encouraging youth leadership in physical activity, engaging youth in play and programming, and improving knowledge on sexual and gender diversity. The symposium ends with a keynote address from a panel of youth groups who will share their views and experiences in out of school programs. This will give you an opportunity to learn about recreation programs from the perspective of the audience you are trying to target.

The YDRS Symposium registration cost for students is only $120! You can also apply for one of Recreation for Life Foundations five student bursaries of $200 to offset your costs. If you would like to apply for the bursary, please visit

There will also be a training opportunity through Sport for Life Society for the Physical Literacy Instructor Program facilitated by Alberta Recreation and Parks Association. This will be an additional $99.95 and takes part after the symposium is finished. 

For more information about the venue, accommodations and registration please visit
New & Updated HIGH FIVE Sport pilot workshop will be hosted on March 10th, 2020 from 4pm-8pm $30/pp + GST - See poster below - Register at:
(Applicable for those looking to attain the Physical Literacy Instructor certification)  


Building an Integrated ActiveCITY Plan - 5 upcoming workshops - visit for more information
Check out this new resource!
Quality for Sport and Communities

Nutrition and Wellness Tips

Nutrition Tip

Mediterranean diet to age gracefully

The microbe population living in our intestine, gut microbiota, is composed of tens of trillions of microorganisms, and at least 1000 different species of known bacteria. And improving your gut microbiome leads to improved health and better aging. A recent study (read more) looked at the Mediterranean diet as a therapeutic strategy to address aging related health. After one year of Mediterranean style eating, an increased consumption of vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, olive oil and fish and low consumption of red meat and dairy products and saturated fats, participants had lower inflammation markers and a better bacteria profile. The Mediterranean diet might help slow down the aging process.



Wellness Tip

Free Breakfast

A healthy breakfast is important for maintaining adequate brain function and energy levels throughout the day. Unfortunately, many students either skip or simply can’t afford a nutritious breakfast every day. The Peer Support Centre provides a free, nutritious breakfast to students who need it, to help kick start their day. From 8:45 am (until supplies last) Monday through Friday during the Fall and Winter semesters, fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, bread, coffee, and more provide a simple and healthy foundation that makes learning possible all day long.
This information is from SAMRU.


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

Andrew Walker

I graduated from MRU’s Health and Physical Education department with a major in Physical Literacy in June 2017.

Since graduating, I have continued to work at my previous job as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), though I now have a larger role in my clinic by helping with advertising/marketing as well as being left in charge when the owners are on vacation. 

On top of working as an RMT,  I have also continued to take on research projects in partnership with MRU, as well as on my own with Vivo. I got my start as a research assistant for both my 52 and 250 hour practicums and that lead me to continuing on past that as an employee at MRU. I have worked on a variety of projects over the years including CAPL (Canadian Assessment of Physical literacy), TGMD3 (Test of Gross Motor Development, 3rd edition), as well as SOFIT (System for Observing Fitness Instruction Time). I have the most experience working with SOFIT now and have also modified the standard SOFIT tool to meet the observational outcomes for other projects as well, including working with City of Calgary Parks, City of Calgary Recreation, Calgary Public Library, and Vivo.

For my work with Vivo, a project that I originally did for my capstone course HPED5300 has now lead to a continuing contract where I help evaluate the effectiveness of many Vivo programs such as their 4-1 physical literacy program and their summer camps. As well, I helped coordinate all of the systematic observations for the baseline data of their Generation H Play Project, which was a year long study covering 34 sites in North central Calgary.

Outside of massage and research I have also gotten more involved with volunteering in the community. I was voted on to the Board of Directors for a children’s charity called Variety – the Children’s Charity of Alberta in fall 2018, my first year I served as the chair of the parks committee. Then in my second year on the board I was voted as the chair/president of the organization. I work closely with the CEO and COO of the charity to help work on our strategic plan moving forwards. We have a few initiatives on the go at the moment, including building inclusive playgrounds in Alberta, our disability education program called Just Like You, ride-in mobility car gifting program called Go Baby Go, and coming soon in fall 2020 a program called Volt Hockey. This is an adapted form of hockey similar to sledge hockey, but is instead played in a gymnasium with specialized electric wheelchairs.

The main reason I was voted into this position was because of the education I received at MRU;  some of the other board members that are a part of Variety Alberta have more of a legal/accounting background, but the skills I learned at MRU in regards to accessibility and inclusion, help me to bring a different perspective to the board. 

If there is one piece of advice I could pass along to those that are still in school, it is the importance of volunteering and networking. You never know what a simple volunteer opportunity might lead to, or if that one person you meet at some event might lead to your dream job.

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