Leadership forum sets goals


BIBLE HILL – Sport and recreation enthusiasts have set goals for the province following a sport leadership forum.

More than 100 people gathered for the day-long event on June 8 at Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill, N.S. It was hosted by a group called reSPORT whose mission is to continue to accelerate positive change across the province.

The event was a follow-up to a series of seminars, including one that took place in July 2018 at the Pictou Lodge Beach Resort.

Kristina MacGillivray, who teaches physical education at the Dr. W.A. MacLeod School in Riverton, and Rae Gunn, manager for Communities, Culture and Heritage department’s Highland Region, were among those who took part.

They also presented a poster based on a project called Valuing School Sports that is being undertaken among the Celtic Family of Schools in Pictou County to encourage more inclusion and access to school sports.

“We started on this in mid-November,” MacGillivray said. “We are co-operating, so when I have had questions, Rae knows people I can consult.”

“We’ve had great participation,” Gunn said. “It was helpful to get other people’s ideas.”

MacGillivray said it is important to get the views of students who are not in school sports “and why they do and don’t participate and develop better programs so students know they belong. I met a lot of people who did not know who could benefit from what we’re trying to do.”

Overarching themes from the June event include more appreciation and support for volunteers, more community involvement and a means to gather information that can be stored and shared.

One question that was asked dealt with how to evaluate how Nova Scotians will know when sport and recreation programs and participation are improving their health, such as the cognitive benefits of physical activity.

The reSPORT members will take time to compile what was presented in June to help them plan future action.

From left: Kristina MacGillivray and Rae Gunn examine their posters on the integrated theme of school and sports. (Goodwin photo)