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 Women in Sport Leadership, Sharing our Passion 2009
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Women Sport Leaders Meet in Richmond
Monday, January 26, 2009

(Richmond, BC) – ProMOTION Plus hosted 99 women leaders in the City of Richmond for Women in Sport Leadership, Sharing our Passion, January 22-24, 2009, a unique and unprecedented assembly of women in sport administration and sport management.

The Women in Sport Leadership initiative was undertaken to support BC women working in the sport sector. ProMOTION Plus believes that forums such as these engage participants, provide opportunities to share strategies and ideas, and foster a supportive network for women leaders, resulting in a stronger BC sport system. The women leaders invited to participate in this event who have collectively impacted hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals, came from twenty-seven communities and reflected the diversity that exists within the sport sector.
“Women leaders play a vital role in B.C.’s sport system,” said Minister of Healthy Living and Sport Mary Polak. “It’s important to provide opportunities for them to develop their leadership skills, learn from those who have already made their mark, and use their skills and knowledge to engage their communities, inspire emerging athletes, and act as role models for our young people.”
ProMOTION Plus is grateful for the financial support received from the Ministry, through ActNow BC, for this event. “Structured and targeted leadership development initiatives like this one are an important element of a focused effort to affect the recruitment, advancement, retention, and recognition of women leaders”, states Debbie Pyne, Chair of ProMOTION Plus. “When you look at the women who were at this event you can’t help but be in awe. This gathering of exceptional women leaders in sport will help create an environment for women to achieve at the highest levels.”

Here’s what delegates had to say:

“I feel rejuvenated, reenergized, and re-focussed.”

“Thank you for putting on this incredible event. Thank you for the invitation. I look forward to fostering and building more relationships and connections. You have helped open up more doors and opportunities for me.”

“Empowering, Inspiring, Educational!”

“Thank you so much for getting me back on track and inspiring me.”
Judy Joseph Black and Twyla Ryan

• 99 women leaders in sport from 27 BC communities attended
• 25 guests, joined the delegates for the Celebration Luncheon on Friday, January 23rd, including the Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, the Honourable Mary Polak.
• 20 women (15 delegates and 5 women from the sport sector) shared their stories at the Celebration Luncheon.
Karen Henry and Michelle Hohne   
Minister Mary Polak at the Celebration luncheon
ProMOTION Plus hopes to host another Women in Leadership event in the next 2 years, so stay tuned!
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia                          
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