The Physical Literacy Connector Newsletter

Job Opportunities
Early Entry Jobs

Skate Park/Inline Instructor - City of Calgary (10 on-Call Positions)

Indigenous Day Camp Counsellor - YMCA (Seasonal Full-Time)

Summer Freestyle Ski Coach - Winsport (Seasonal Part-Time)

Summer Freestyle Snowboard Coach (Seasonal Part-Time)

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

Philanthropy Assistant - Vivo (Part-Time- 35 hours/week for 12 weeks)

Program Coordinator, Aquatics - Strathcona Regional District (Full-Time)

Technical Program Coordinator - Badminton Alberta (10 week Summer Contract)

Senior Level Jobs

Chief Collaboration Officer - ActiveCITY, Calgary (Full-Time)

Program Manager - Communities ChooseWell (Full-Time)

Aquatics Manager - The Derrick Golf and Winter Club (Full-Time)

Assistant Coordinator, Community Relations - St. Catharines (Full-Time)

Communications Coordinator (Canadian Sport Institute) - Victoria BC (Full-Time)

Coordinator, Athlete Coach Services (Canadian Sport Institute) - Victoria BC (Full-Time)

Communication Officer (Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport) - Ottawa (Full-Time)

Upcoming Events and Information Links

Virtual PL101 Workshop

We invite you to join us in our inaugural Virtual PL101 workshop delivery in June. Here is all you need to know:

Workshop Name: Virtual Physical Literacy 101: An Introduction to Physical Literacy
Date: Tuesday June 15, 2021
Registration Deadline: Sunday June 13, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PST
Host Organization: Sport for Life
Who Can Join?: Anyone
Cost: $20.00 per person
Registration Link
Workshop Delivery Platform: Zoom
Only 30 seats available so register now!
Sport for Life is delighted to share that we are now offering our most popular workshop virtually: Physical Literacy 101: An Introduction to Physical Literacy. This workshop is a key offering of Sport for Life, integrated into many past and current projects and widely requested from coast to coast. The pivot from an in person to a virtual delivery is complete and we anticipate a surge of interest, which we are thrilled about!

Physical Literacy for Life project partners release 12 position statements  

The Physical Literacy for Life project partners are committed to improving the lives of all Europeans through sport and physical activity. We want to see more people moving throughout their life course, because this has essential benefits for our physical, emotional, cognitive and social wellbeing.

These partners, from the sport, education, health and NGO sectors, have composed and compiled 12 position statements to call for a more cross-sector approach to physical literacy and a positioning of physical literacy as a key competence that is taught and learned in a range of learning settings.

Scroll through the PDF or browse each partner's position statement here.


Sport and Recreation Experiences of Indigenous Youth in Canada

Sport and recreation are popular activities among Indigenous youth in Canada, and participation in such activities may contribute to many holistic benefits for youth.

Through a systematic review, the sport and recreation experiences of over 400 Indigenous youth from various regions of Canada were identified. This infographic provides four main strategies identified by Indigenous youth that can support policy-makers and practitioners to enhance their sport and recreation experiences.


ActiveCITY Collective

In March 2019, a volunteer group from across organized sports, active recreation, tourism, and economic development met to reflect on the future of sport and recreation in the region. While Calgary is renowned for its proximity to mountains and rivers, and its Olympic legacy, this group shared a belief that the scope of the active economy is undervalued.

There was broad consensus that the existing fragmentation in the sector limited its potential. A clear need emerged for a more systematic analysis of how the active economy impacts the economic, human, social and environmental prosperity of our city and region.
To find out more information click here.

Nutrition and Wellness Tips

Nutrition Tip


Vegan Diets an Environmental Action

You may choose a plant-based diet because it has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and death from any cause in middle-aged adults (2019 study). Or you may choose an increased plant-based diet because you are environmentally conscious. In fact, plant-based protein sources have been found to produce lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce water use, and require less land use compared to beef. To help make the theoretical, practical - check out this recipe for a Walnut Cauliflower Glow Bowl.





Wellness Tip

MRU Wellness PODcast

In this video, counsellor Mirjam Knapik explains what Student Counselling is, what counsellors do, and what services we offer. 

You can watch the video (2:58) here.

SAMRU Beyond Disabiliities Award Winner -
Hannah Bayfield-Tarasco

The Beyond Disabilities Award criteria is as followed: "whose active contributions have enhanced inclusion of individuals with disabilities, and helped foster understanding and awareness of accessibility issues within the larger campus community. Criteria: The candidate must be a student actively involved in activities that enhance the dignity and physical and social inclusion of disabled individuals on campus. The candidate must demonstrate how he/she promoted the inclusion of individuals with disabilities on campus through his or her activities. Academic achievement may be considered by the selection committee in determining a successful recipient.”

Inclusion and adapted physical activity were paths that I knew nothing about until 2019, when I took Adapted Physical Activity in David Legg’s class. It was there where I learned about adaptive sports, how to be more inclusive, and all in all how to be a greater and more positive impact to our society. I found an incredible passion upon taking Adapted Physical Activity, and am very grateful for all the opportunities it has presented me with.

I started volunteering with motionballMRU when it was founded in 2019 by a good friend of mine. I started my contribution as a donation and sponsorship coordinator. I was not aware what motionball was at the time, but the minute I started to volunteer for them I was imminently inspired. In April 2020, I was voted as the co- Vice President of motionballMRU, and I continue my role as co-Vice President and social media director throughout 2020 and 2021.

In November 2020 I, along with my colleague Connor Luitwieler created and developed Mount Royal University’s first kids camp for children with physical disabilities through MRU Kids. This was an incredibly humbling experience with a major learning curve, but the satisfaction and warmhearted feeling I was awarded with throughout this experience has made it my greatest achievement.

Upon graduation in Physical Literacy, I am interested in pursuing a career in the adapted community, and will apply to graduate school for adapted physical activity, as well as a school of education.

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