12 BC recipients receive funding to advocate for gender equity in sport

May 06, 2015

viaSport releases first recipient list for Professional Development Fund for Advancing Gender Equity in Sport

Vancouver, BC – Twelve BC women are the first recipients of viaSport’s new Professional Development Fund for Advancing Gender Equity in Sport. Each will have the opportunity to build her leadership skills by attending a course, conference or alternative training program.

“The Province of British Columbia is committed to ensuring that women and girls who participate in sport have a great experience,” says Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “This new fund will help give their leaders and role models the tools and knowledge to deliver on this.”

Managed by viaSport and financially supported by the Province of BC, this grant is part of a larger strategy to lead the BC sport sector in creating an inclusive space for all individuals.

“We are proud to be leading a progressive sport culture here in British Columbia by providing resources and opportunities to support continued professional development in the area of gender equity,” says viaSport CEO Cathy Priestner Allinger. “It is inspiring to see the strong interest in the program and know that these recipients will continue to be advocates for equitable sport opportunities in their own communities.”

Grant recipients will attend a number of exciting conferences, including the Women and Sport Conference (Quebec), the International Physical Literacy Conference (Vancouver), the 3rd annual Aboriginal Physical Activity Conference (Cape Breton) and the 2015 PASO-COPAC Softball Coaching Conference (Cloverdale).

Read the full list of grant recipients here

The next grant intake for the Professional Development Fund for Advancing Gender Equity in Sport will open in the fall of 2015. Learn more about this grant and the eligibility requirements by visiting the viaSport website:

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About viaSport British Columbia:

viaSport British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization established in 2011, responsible for providing strategic leadership to sport in BC. Formed in partnership with the provincial sport sector and the Province of BC, our mandate is to increase awareness, opportunity and participation in sport across the province at every stage of life and in every community. Learn more at www.viasport.ca

Media Contact: Erica Branda
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