The Physical Literacy Connector

Job Opportunities
To apply or for more information contact
Tom Jones at or Sarah Blezy at

Physical Literacy Instructor - Cairo, Egypt

Community Programmer - Full Time, High River

Summer Student Employment Opportunities - Town of Gibbons

Recreation Leader Summer Camp - CFB Edmonton

Executive Director - Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel 

Manager Child & Youth - Vivo, Calgary (Full Time)

Innovation Designer - Vivo, Calgary (Full Time)

Lifestyle Fitness Consultant - Vivo, Calgary (Part Time)

Manager Lifestyle Fitness - Vivo, Calgary (Full Time)

Youth Wellness Fitness Instructor - Westside Recreation Centre  (Part Time)
Volunteer Opportunities

Unmasking the Reality of Lung Cancer Event – volunteers needed

We need volunteers to assist with Calgary’s Unmasking the Reality of Lung Cancer Mardi Gras Fundraising Gala. 100% of funds raised will go to support research and the people affected. Guests will meet lead researchers from UofC and doctors alongside lung cancer survivors and their families in the Cajun themed event. Research funding and action can find answers to the root causes and earlier diagnosis – which may extend both quality and length of life. Tickets are $125 per person if you want to attend the event, register here.

Volunteers needed:

  • Audio Visual – will ensure slide deck and sound system are functioning as required throughout the evening. This is a 6-7 hour commitment
  • Appetizer/Buffet Servers or Bartenders – contact email below for more information.

When: Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 | 6 p.m. to midnight
Where: Hellenic Community Centre | 1 Tamarac Crescent SW, T3C 3B7
For more information: Email indicating which role you are interested in.


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

UCalgary Tech Fest 2020

Over 40 companies will be onsite, with booths showcasing their areas of work and what they are looking for from potential employees. In addition, there will be onsite coding challenges, designed to be solved through the collaborative efforts of students teaming up with company representatives. Need to break the ice? Sign up for a 10-minute gaming sessions with company reps. Which Smash Bros character will you choose?

Open to all software students from all Alberta institutions.

This event is hosted in collaboration by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, UCalgary Department of Computer Science, and the Schulich School of Engineering, in partnership with Calgary Economic Development,

When: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Mac Hall, University of Calgary | 402 Collegiate Blvd NW T2N 1N4
Register now: Visit their site to learn more and register


Cochrane Job Fair

Get the job! A great place to network, meet people and make a positive first impression.

When: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Lion's Event Centre | 109 - 5th Avenue | T4C 0A4
For more information and employer list:



MRU Lacrosse Club - Get involved
The MRU Lacrosse Club, in partnership with the Calgary District Lacrosse Association, is focused on creating a fun and welcoming environment for players of all skill levels. No experience required! This club is looking to concentrate on teaching the fundamentals of the sport, getting out for some exercise, meeting new people, and most importantly, having fun playing lacrosse! Required equipment includes helmets, gloves, and a stick. This will be provided by the MRU Lacrosse Club, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. This club meets once a week on Tuesday nights from 7:30-9:00PM in Stanley Gym. To register, follow the link and follow our instagram page @cougarslacrosseclub! 
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

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

Practicum Opportunities

Practicum Position Title:  Camp Evaluator/Researcher

# of Positions Available:  1 

Industry/Company Description: 

Vivo for Healthier Generations is a charitable recreational facility located in North-Central Calgary. Our goal is to raise Healthier Generations by making 10% shifts in lifestyles. Shifts in values, attitudes, behaviors and healthy living are all part of the adventures one embarks on when joining the Vivo team. 

This position will help to assess shifts that take place in summer camps. Conducting and analyzing research data on the participants in the multiple camps that Vivo provides, as well as collecting qualitative data from the camp go-ers and their guardians.

Project Duties/Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Leader, the intern will:

  • ***Use SOPLAY for analyzing the activity and socialization levels of at least 2 camps a day. Must do a total of 10 camps a week. ***

  • Analyze the data from SOPLAY and provide trends to supervisor

  • Assist all campers to complete 2 simple questions when they enter camps and 2 questions when they leave camp and compare results and provide trends to supervisor

  • Collect qualitative data from camp go-ers and parents about their experiences in camp.


Location: 11950 Country Village Link NE, Calgary, AB

Required Hours: 160 Hours

Academic Semester(s): Spring/Summer (May – Aug) with the majority of hours being done in July and August

Specified Schedule: Flexible schedule. At least 3 hours a day/ You will be required to be there Monday morning 8:30am-9:30am and Friday afternoons 3:00pm-5:00pm.

Required Student Qualifications:

  • Must have sufficient knowledge of physical literacy

  • Knowledge in SOPLAY or SOFIT

  • Great time-management skills

  • Must have a valid driver’s license

  • Be a self-starter; and work well without supervision

  • Current CPR & First Aid Certification 

  • Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Search

Benefits: Supporting a charity by helping secure grants for funding that subsidize children in camps.

Please provide a cover letter and resume to:

Dalyn Dekker

4 in 1 and Camp Coordinator



T: 403-567-4467

11950 Country Village Link NE

Calgary, AB


Application Deadline: April 30, 2020


Nutrition and Wellness Tips

Nutrition Tip

Quality of carbohydrates more important than quantity.

The conversation on whether eating low-carbohydrate (LCD) or low-fat diets (LFD) benefit health is an ongoing debate. In a recent study in JAMA investigating over 37 thousand adults 20+years, it was reported that neither LCD nor LFD was associated with reduced risk of death. Instead, a ‘healthy low-carbohydrate diet’ and ‘healthy low-fat diet’ was associated with a reduced risk of death. What made the two diets different? The ‘healthy LCD’ was composed of fewer low-quality carbohydrates with higher plant proteins and unsaturated fat. The ‘healthy LFD’ was composed of fewer saturated fats with higher plant protein and high-quality carbohydrates. What are high-quality carbohydrates? Canada’s Dietary Guidelines outline these ‘consume regularly’ foods. The old adage holds true: “quality over quantity”!




Wellness Tip

The Inquiring Mind Workshop

The Inquiring Mind workshop increases awareness of mental health, reduces the stigma of mental illnesses, and provides resources to maintain positive mental health and increase resiliency.

This program was created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and all participants will receive a certificate of completion.  Sessions are co-facilitated by both a trained MRU student and employee.  Food will be provided for participants.

Click here for more information.

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

Faculty Highlight

Diala F. Ammar 
Diala is contract instructor in the Health and Physical Education Department. She graduated with a PhD in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University.  Diala has been teaching Research Methods, Motor Learning, Growth and Development, Individual Activities as well as Wellness and the Student. 

Diala played College tennis and is the proud mom of two children.
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