The Physical Literacy Connector Newsletter

Job Opportunities
Early Entry Jobs

Camp Chief Hector Summer Camp Counsellors - YMCA (Seasonal Full-Time)

Summer Day Camp Counsellors - YMCA (Seasonal Full-Time)

Summer Program Assistant at Kidsport Calgary - Erin Woods (Seasonal Full-Time)

Summer Camp Lead - Vivo (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)

Summer Camp Staff: Activity Facilitators and Activity Instructor (Spruce Grove, Ed.) - TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre (Seasonal Full-Time)

Summer Camp Instructor: Team Lead (Spruce Grove, Ed.) - TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre (Seasonal Full-Time)

Senior Level Jobs

Wellnes Supervisor, Maternity Leave - TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre (Temporary Full-Time)

General Manager, Community Services - City of Calgary - (Full-Time)

Recreation Program Coordinator - City of Camrose (Full-Time)

Aquatic Programs and Operations Manager - Repsol Centre (Full-Time)

Mental Health Manager - Canadian Sport Institute (Full-Time)

Aquatics Supervisor - Remington YMCA (Full-Time)

Fitness Consultant - The Glencoe Club (Part-Time)

Upcoming Events and Information Links
Click here to register for some great upcoming webinars from Get Outside and Play.

April 7 Pedagogical Documentation in Outdoor Environments

April 12 Assessing Outdoor Play Spaces …. What to look for and why

April 21 Physical Activity in the Early Years

April 28 Talking with Parents and Colleagues about Outdoor Play

Physical Literacy Concept Paper

The foundation of the LTAD model is physical literacy. Individuals who are physically literate are more likely to have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to be physically active across a wide range of activities.

Although the concept of physical literacy is relatively new to most parents, coaches, and teachers in North America, definitions have existed for well over four decades.

Download here.

Welcome to the Indigenous Oral Knowledge Hub.
The Alberta Parks and Recreation Association have gathered resources, alongside some external guest additions, to share with you. Our huge thanks go to the Elders and to our partners who have shared the gift of these incredible stories and teachings.

Featured Video - Midewiwin Feast Program

We are pleased to share with you this video on the Traditional Feast Preparing Program hosted by Elders Linda and Darryl Brass Jr from the Midewiwin Teaching Lodge Society. Elders Linda and Darryl share traditional Midewiwin teachings related to ceremonial food preparation, the community value of feasts, and the role we all play in community wellness.
(Length: 30 min)


Racing Towards 2030: Using the Sustainable Development Goals to mmove inclusion forward in Sport

Why does this matter to sport?

Sport is well documented in contributing to social development through developing life-skills, social skills and connections, and mental and physical health and wellbeing (Bailey et al. 2009; Holt et al. 2008; Neely & Holt 2014). Many sport organizations are investing in values-based sport, safe sport, and diversity and inclusion. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an opportunity to align these priorities with the SDGs’ broader framework focused on inclusion and our social responsibility to contribute to the greater good and work toward a better future.

Of the 17 SDGs, eight are directly relevant to sport: 

3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

8 – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

10 – Reduce inequality within and among countries

11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

16 – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

To find out more click here

The Globe and Mail: Physical Activity - The Forgotten Core Area of Child Development During the Pandemic
For the past year, the focus of the Canadian government has been on reducing the spread of COVID-19. These efforts have come at a cost born disproportionately to children and youth, who have experienced disruptions in areas of skill development that are fundamental to optimal growth— namely, cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. While the learning loss, mental health, and social well-being of children has been considered in earnest by key stakeholders such as educators, parents, and healthcare providers, far less attention has been paid to the impact of COVID-19 on physical development.
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Nutrition and Wellness Tips

Nutrition Tip

Eat your vegetables for muscle strength?

Can eating nitrate-rich vegetables improve muscle strength? Really?? Well researchers in Australia followed adults 48 years old for 12 years and found that nitrate-rich-veggies were associated with muscle strength benefits. How? Stuart Phillips from kinesiology at McMaster University suggests that nitrate-rich-veggies might be improving mitochondrial function of muscle cells. Where can I get those? Vegetables that deliver the most nitrates include leafy greens (spinach, arugula, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens), bok choy, celery, radish and carrots. Check out Leslie Beck’s article in the Globe and Mail for a deeper dive into the topic.




Wellness Tip

Tackling the Pillars of Health: Strengthening Your Response to Stress

Stress is inevitable. Tough times can be made easier by building stress-management skills. Chronic stress has an impact on both your mental and physical health. This webinar will look at healthy coping skills as well as stress management and how this can minimize the impact on your health and lifestyle.

This series is supported by a grant from Healthy Together Now, a community-led, regionally coordinated and government supported, grassroots program to help prevent chronic disease in Manitoba.
Watch the webinare here.

Alumni - Chantel Park

Physical Literacy was the perfect degree for me. I came to Mount Royal directly out of high school and didn’t know what I wanted to pursue for my education! The wide range of classes required by the Physical Literacy program allowed me to not only decide what career I wanted to pursue, but also provided me with such a well-rounded education! By taking courses such as Movement Education and Teaching Games for Understanding I became more comfortable with the idea of teaching children. In contrast, classes like Human Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, and Motor Learning I still had the opportunity to take classes that covered topics I was interested in learning more about. I also had the opportunity to complete my practicum requirements in school settings where I could gain more experience working with children of all ages.
Now, I am taking classes at Red Deer College in the Bachelor of Elementary Education and I will be starting a two-year after degree in Middle Years Education, also at Red Deer College, in the fall. In the fall of 2020, I co-coached the senior girls’ volleyball team at the high school I attended and will be returning for the coming 2021 season. I am forever grateful for my time at Mount Royal in the Physical Literacy program and the faculty involved; they truly make you feel supported and at home when you’re there. I am so happy I am able to look back and know that I was part of this incredible program.

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Department of Health and Physical Education
Nadine Van Wyk, PhD

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