Gender equity powers better sport. While women’s participation in sport, both as leaders and as participants, has made huge strides over the years, there is still much work to be done to ensure women are fully supported, safe and welcomed. The Canadian Olympic Committee is pleased to announce their significant contribution to Canadian Women and Sport to accelerate the “Gender Equity Playbook” work which involves a gender equity e-module, a gender equity audit, and action planning services.
Momentum is stronger than ever. We can all play a part in advancing gender equity and powering better sport.
Team Canada Women: Striving for Greatness Podcast
The Canadian Olympic School Program (COSP) proudly celebrated two inspiring Team Canada women with the VoxEd podcast episode Team Canada Women: Striving for Greatness in Sport and Education, in honour of International Women’s Day. In collaboration with the Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF/FCE), the captivating story of two Team Canada women on their journeys as elite athletes and professional educators was shared by guest host Kate Beirness of TSN. Annamay Oldershaw and Lyndsay Tessier were truly inspirational throughout the podcast, sharing their uplifting stories and encouraging women of all ages to never give up on their dreams.
Providing Visibility to Canadian Women in Leadership
Emerging leaders from the WELD program acted as discussion facilitators at the Canadian Women and Sport luncheon on March 3. Discussion topics around this event included: How to build connection, influence change and use power to build a more equitable world.
The COC also nominated two exceptional women leaders and we are delighted that they have been recognized with the following awards:
- Guylaine Demers – 2020 IOC Women and Sport Award Winner for the Americas
- Melody Davidson – Honourable mention, 2019 IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award (female category)
COC & Swiss Consulate Luncheon
The COC and the Swiss Consul hosted a luncheon on March 10 at the Olympic Experience in Montreal. On the heels of the success of the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne in January, the Swiss Consul General wanted to celebrate both the Games and IWD with us. Olympians Roseline Filion, Caroline Ouellette, Joannie Rochette, Annie Pelletier, and Marie-Huguette Cormier spoke on their experiences to an audience of about 70 members from the Montreal business community.