The Physical Literacy Connector

Job Opportunities
Director of Community Services - Town of Vermilion

Senior Lifeguard Instructor - Edson

Director, Facilities & Environment - Vivo

Manager, Guest Services Desk - Vivo

Manager Lifestyle Fitness - Vivo

Child & Youth Manager - Vivo

Director, Marketing Sales & Communication - Vivo

Director, Program Services - Vivo

Play Lab Lead (Part-time) - Vivo

Play Lab Attendant (Part-time) - Vivo
Volunteer Opportunities

Transitional Vocational Program (TVP) — volunteer opportunity - MRU

The TVP and the Adult Literacy Tutoring Service requires volunteer tutors to assist learners with mild disabilities in preparing for employment and independent living. Training is provided.

Where: Mount Royal University | 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Contact: Olivia Parson at or 403.440.7246


Bell Let's Talk Day at MRU — volunteer sign-up - MRU
Wednesday, Jan 29th 2020 is Bell Let's Talk Day and we would love your help to help raise awareness of the importance of mental health.

Main responsibilities include handing out Bell Let's Talk Day hats, encouraging students and community members to fill out a Bell Let's Talk speech bubble with messages to support mental health, and directing students to the mental health fair.

Please fill out the registration and indicate your availability. The Bell Let's Talk Day Coordinator will reach out to you with further details.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
Where: Mount Royal University | 4825 Mount Royal Gate, SW
How to volunteer: Register to volunteer by January 20th. Please complete this form to volunteer.


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
Physical Literacy and You (PLAY)
2019-2020 PLAY Calgary Meeting Dates

March 25th, 2020 from 1-3 pm @ MRU
May 27th, 2020 from 1-3 pm @ Winsport

Previous meeting notes and resources available at

Developing Physical Literacy Take Two!!
Snow, ice, wind, brilliant blue skies, chinooks, sun and cold are all amazing learning and play opportunities! During this session, we will explore what it can look like to fully engage with winter through play winter. We will share tools and resources and best of all get outside to play so come prepared!

January 23rd, 2020 - 12:30pm-2:30pm @ University of Calgary
(Registration Info to follow)
Facilitated by Christina Pickles - Christina has been an environmental educator for 20 years and has worked in wetlands, badlands, forests and streams with students of all ages. She now focuses her work around play and how it connects us to ourselves, each other and the land. She lives in Calgary minutes from the Bow River with her family.

Workshop fee covered by PLAY Calgary - Free to attend 
Physical activity programming for new parents 
A new of programming to help new parents be active.
Nutrition and Wellness Tips

Nutrition Tip

Sugar induced insomnia?

Could whole grain foods, complex carbohydrates, and vegetables be used to treat insomnia? Researchers are on the hunt to prove that they could. In a recent study (read more), researchers found that eating foods with a high glycemic index (such as white bread, white rice, and soda) was related to insomnia. The authors theorize that these foods can trigger a cascade of insulin, adrenalin, and cortisol that interferes with our sleep. While future research is focused on conducting randomized clinical trials to establish stronger evidence, if you suffer from insomnia, you might give sugar the ‘heave ho’ and test it out for yourself. Just another reason to make vegetables half your plate at meals!




Wellness Tip

Health and wellness guide for busy students
It is a new year and a time to prioritize your well-being. Here are a few suggestions;
  • Portion control food
  • Don't drink your calories
  • Incorporate exercise into your daily routine
  • Stress management
  • Sleep & rest
Tips from Purdue University 
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

Emilie Lutz-Orozco
PL Student

As a practicum student with Nutrition, Students, Teachers, Exercising with Parents (NSTEP), I was kept on my toes. The non-for-profit registered charity allowed me to work individually on content in an out-of-office setting. During my practicum, I participated in presenting a prepared curriculum to students in the schools we worked with this year. I was also a part of Professional Development presentations that NSTEP offers to the teachers of schools who are partnered with them. 


I learned so much working with NSTEP about the practical importance of nutrition and exercise for all ages, especially for children. I was able to spend time in the partner schools, which helped me confirm that I want to become a teacher. I had to learn to become even more organized and how to communicate even more effectively: always hit “reply all”!

I set out to stretch myself and take on new challenges in my practicum with NSTEP and I found many opportunities to do so. As a result, I have been asked to continue to work with NSTEP contractually moving forward!

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Calgary, Alberta, T3E 6K6

Department of Health and Physical Education
Nadine Van Wyk, PhD

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