safeTALK Workshop Opportunity

The Kitchener Sports Association is encouraging minor sports groups to host a “safeTALK” workshop — at no charge!
Through the generosity of Kitchener Sports Association and the Rotary Club of Kitchener-Westmount, and in collaboration with Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, minor sports organizations are encouraged to host a “safeTALK” workshop for their leadership and stakeholders.
 
The “safeTALK” workshop, as outlined at the Tuesday Feb. 21 KSA dinner meeting, is a certified learning opportunity to prepare those attending to become more aware of the signs of suicide, and to share tips on dealing with this sensitive issue. (In sports, with the stress to achieve and perform, the challenges to mental health are significant.)
 
Did you know? In Waterloo Region, the average for the last few years is an alarming 57 suicides per year… and the number of attempted suicides is much greater… and the number of those who consider suicide is significantly higher.
 
Many progressive organizations including the Ontario Hockey League, Ontario Hockey Association, Waterloo Region Police and KW Titans Professional basketball have provided these workshops as part of their philosophy of creating a positive support atmosphere for their stakeholders — players, coaches, employees, etc.
 
INVITATION:  KSA and Rotary are providing funding for a workshop for members of a local minor sports organization at “no charge” (regular fee is $55/participant). The minimum number of participants needed is 15, and it’s suggested that perhaps 2 or 3 minor sports collaborate to participate in a workshop.
For more information, please visit www.wrspc.ca . For arrangements, contact John Thompson by Tuesday Feb. 28 or earlier at 519-884-4050 or sstj99@gmail.com

Workshops for Accessible Sport

The Accessible Sport Committee of the Kitchener Waterloo Sports Council is proud to be running four workshops on accessible sport this spring. Please see below for a description of the free workshops. Registration now open!

Workshop #1: Program Adaptations

This workshop will provide information about how to structure program/routine, transitions, modify equipment, rules and the environment. This workshop will be led by an Occupational Therapist and a Recreation Therapist. Come join us for an educational and collaborative session! Participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop.

Date: Wednesday May 10, 2017
Time: 6:30-8pm
Cost: FREE
Location: KidsAbility, Waterloo Site
500 Hallmark Drive, Waterloo, Ontario
Register online: HERE
Questions Call:

Marie Malcolm, Recreation Therapist                                   519.886.8886 ext. 1302
Sue Gibson, Recreation Therapist                                          519.886.8886 ext. 2241

Workshop #2: Communication with child/parents

This workshop will provide tips for communication within recreational environments. Communication is a key component in the facilitation of inclusion, fun, and safety for those who are leading and participating in recreational activities. This workshop aims to help provide key strategies to achieve successful communication between leadership, participants, and parents. This workshop will be led by a Speech Language Pathologist and a Parent. Come join us for an informative and interactive session! Participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop.

Date: Wednesday May 29, 2017
Time: 6:30-8pm
Cost: FREE
Location: KidsAbility, Waterloo Site
500 Hallmark Drive, Waterloo, Ontario
Register online: HERE
Questions Call:

Marie Malcolm, Recreation Therapist                                   519.886.8886 ext. 1302
Sue Gibson, Recreation Therapist                                          519.886.8886 ext. 2241

Workshop #3: Behaviours & Inclusive Environments

This workshop will provide information about the basics of behaviour, effective communication techniques and calming strategies. Come join us for a useful and interactive session! Participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop.

Date: Wednesday May 24, 2017
Time: 6:30-8pm
Cost: FREE
Location: KidsAbility, Waterloo Site
500 Hallmark Drive, Waterloo, Ontario
Register online: HERE

Questions Call:
Marie Malcolm, Recreation Therapist                                   519.886.8886 ext. 1302
Sue Gibson, Recreation Therapist                                          519.886.8886 ext. 2241

Workshop #4: Safety for self & child

This workshop will provide information about how to organize your thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of chaos. Come join us for an enlightening and interactive session! Participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop.

Date: Wednesday June 7, 2017
Time: 6-7pm
Cost: FREE
Location: KidsAbility, Waterloo Site
500 Hallmark Drive, Waterloo, Ontario
Register online: HERE

Questions Call:

Marie Malcolm, Recreation Therapist                                   519.886.8886 ext. 1302
Sue Gibson, Recreation Therapist                                          519.886.8886 ext. 2241