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ROWING BC MONTHLY CONFERENCE CONTENT SERIES

On the third Wednesday of each month, Rowing BC hosts an evening webinar on a topic chosen from input by the rowing community in a conference-like style. Attendance in real time is strongly encouraged as this will provide the most engagement in each session. Recorded versions of most topics will be posted here as soon as possible after each session.

Have a suggestion for a future topic? Share it with memberservices@rowingbc.ca.

Diversity and inclusion are two of the most important topics in Canada today. Openly discussing these issues has the potential to positively address biases and prejudices that happen within our community, and learn how to embrace our differences.  Including the valuable inputs and perspectives all members bring to your club will not only create a more positive environment but will foster opportunities for growth.  Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy sport that is welcoming, inclusive and accessible to all.

This session will have two parts, an overview of diversity and inclusion, followed by a look at what including those on the autism spectrum actually looks and feels like. This will include a 30 minute interactive workshop that will introduce attendees to a range of practical tools for supporting individuals with autism and other divers abilities in rowing. Learn some of the characteristics of autism as well as strategies for increasing predictability and reducing anxiety, enhancing communication, using visual supports and increasing motivation.

This session is Part One of a larger series Rowing BC will be hosting in the coming months looking at including under-represented groups in your programming.

Note: This one hour session will be followed by one hour of open conversation opportunity with the Rowing BC President, Executive Director and Head Provincial Coach.

Follow-up Resources and Reference Material:

To view the recording of the Zoom session click here
To view the viaSport Diversity and Inclusion presentation click here

Additional questions?
Contact Rowing BC Manager of Coach Education and Para Coach, Martin George (paracoach@rowingbc.ca).

Rowing BC is hosting two of Canada’s leaders in Safe Sport, Lorraine Lafrenière (CEO of the Coaches Association of Canada) and Jennifer Heil (Special Advisor for viaSport BC) for a discussion around the role coaches and leaders play in choosing behaviour that promotes a Safe Sport environment, and leads to the best experiences and outcomes for athletes. This conversation will guide and frame the path forward for coaches and leaders across the BC rowing community, and BC sport community more widely, towards adjusting attitudes and coaching/leadership styles to support the sector-wide emphasis on Safe Sport. This conversation is part of moving Safe Sport from a theoretical concept mostly contained in large documents handled by organizational boards into a practical application that becomes the responsibility of all involved in sport.

This session will be on January 20, 2021 6:30-7:30pm.
There is no cost to attend. Please register in advance.
This session is eligible for NCCP development points for registered coaches.

More about Lorraine Lafrenière:

As CEO of the Coaching Association of Canada, Lorraine Lafrenière was twice named to the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport Top 20 Most Influential Women in 2014 and 2015. During this time she successfully led the partnership to complete the transition of the National Coaching Certification Program. She also supported the Canadian Sport System to launch the Responsible Coaching Movement to protect youth in sport through coaching strategies. Her career spans more than 30 years across many sectors within the Canadian sport system including roles with the Canadian Olympic Committee, National Sport Organizations, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as Petro-Canada, one of Canada’s leading Olympic and Paralympic Games sponsors.

Lorraine has participated in more than a dozen Olympic or Paralympic Games in various leadership capacities.

Prior to joining the Coaching Association of Canada in November of 2013, Lorraine held Chief Executive Officer positions with CanoeKayak Canada from 2009-2013, one of two sports in Canada to produce three Olympic medals in London 2012, and with Cycling Canada from 2006-2008 where she contributed to re-establishing the organization’s financial stability and its high performance and development structure in order to improve Canada’s performances on the international stage.


More about Jennifer Heil:

Jennifer champions sport and works with leaders to strengthen the sport delivery system so that more British Columbians can access the health and social benefits that come from quality sporting and physical activity participation at all levels. Jennifer’s extensive experience at all levels of sport and across sectors uniquely positions her to help lead viaSport. In addition to her high performance sporting career Jennifer has worked in the private sector as a member of the Deloitte Innovation consulting team as well as in the not-for-profit sector, as co-founder of B2ten, a privately funded organization that takes an innovative approach to supporting sport and well being in Canada.

Jennifer continues to advocate and empower young women around the World through access to education. In 2013 Jennifer successfully raised $1million for the Because I am a Girl initiative. She graduated from McGill University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. As the most successful freestyle skier in Canadian history, winning Olympic Gold and Silver medals, Jennifer is a member of the Alberta, Quebec and Canada Sports Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Meritorious Service Decoration (M.S.C.) awarded by the Governor General of Canada.

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) has created a suite of Safe Sport policies that will support a harmonized approach to implementing Safe Sport across the rowing community. These policies were initially presented at the RCA conference in January 2021. This seminar in February will provide an opportunity for Rowing BC to support Boards and other key leaders at each member organization to navigate what applying this suite of Safe Sport policies will entail in their local environment.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 6:30 PM
There is no cost to attend. Please register in advance.

Follow-up Resources and Reference Material:

To view the PowerPoint presentation click here

Additional questions?
Contact Rowing BC Manager of Coach Education and Para Coach, Martin George (paracoach@rowingbc.ca).

Through the Fall 2020 membership check in process, Rowing BC received many requests for additional support to local rowing organization Boards. This session is intended to strengthen volunteer Boards through a more robust understanding of the distinct roles of each Board position, and how to create succession plans that can ensure continuity when the individuals on a Board change. This session will be supported by the President of Board Matters Consulting, Rick Nickelchok. 

The date of this session has been chosen in an effort to provide additional support to Boards before the new membership year begins on April 1st.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:30 PM
There is no cost to attend. Please register in advance.

Follow-up Resources and Reference Material:

To view the recording of the Zoom session click here
To view the PowerPoint presentation click here

Additional questions?
Contact Rowing BC Manger of Member Services, Sonja Lonne (memberservices@rowingbc.ca).

The March 2021 Monthly Conference Content Topic provided an initial opportunity to delve into Roles of a Board and Succession Planning to support local sport organizations across BC. The materials from this session are available above. In April 2021, President of Board Matters Consulting, Rick Nickelchok, will continue with Part 2 of the same topic. This session is appropriate for board members and key leadership at local sport organizations, and is an important pillar in creating a strong, healthy foundation at the local sport level.

The date of this session has been chosen in an effort to provide additional support to Boards near the start of the new membership year that begins on April 1st.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:30 PM
There is no cost to attend. Please register in advance.

Follow-up Resources and Reference Material:

To view the recording of the Zoom session click here
To view the PowerPoint presentation click here

Additional questions?
Contact Rowing BC Manger of Member Services, Sonja Lonne (memberservices@rowingbc.ca).

Rowing BC is in the process of creating the Strategic Plan which will guide the directions of the organization through 2022-2025. This session will provide an opportunity for members of the BC rowing community to learn about the process and progress so far, interact with the current draft plan, and provide feedback through discussion and survey responses to ensure what is in the final Strategic Plan represents the input from the entire community.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 6:30 PM
There is no cost to attend. Please register in advance.

Complete your registration HERE.

The RCA Safe Sport Policy Suite will be being adopted and implemented at the provincial level in the coming months. This session will provide an opportunity for Rowing BC to guide member organizations through what the future process for adoption and implementation at the local rowing organization level will entail.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 6:30 PM
There is no cost to attend. Please register in advance.

Complete your registration HERE.

The retention of new participants, and the growth of rowing across the province overall, relies on a smooth transition from one’s learn to row experience into next level programming. This panel-style session will explore a variety of ways member organizations are addressing this transition phase. Come with ideas and questions!

A registration link will be added closer to July 2021.

A little uncomfortable picking up a wrench to do anything more than tighten a rigger after unloading the trailer? Or have your own boat and want to tailor it to you? This session will provide an initial overview of the rigging concepts that apply to everyone, and then will make use of smaller breakout rooms to ensure your specific rigging questions can finally get some attention!

A registration link will be added closer to August 2021.

There is a long way to go before rowing is a mainstream sport, and YOU are part of getting it there! Shedding light on the real people growing, developing and excelling through rowing and the initiatives of the organizations they are involved with along the way can help to make rowing relatable and relevant to the not-yet-rowers.

A registration link will be added closer to September 2021.

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