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Canadian athletes speak out in Calgary to end abuse in sport

June 8th, 2018 Activity Leaders, General News, Parents, Respect in Sport

Two victims of former Canadian National ski coach, Bertrand Charest, are calling for sweeping changes to end sexual abuse in sport and were in the city on Friday to share their stories with Calgarians.

Former professional skiers Genevieve Simard and Amelie-Frederique Gagnon are among several women who were sexually assaulted by Charest….

The two women are advocating for a protection program that includes mandatory training for all coaches, volunteers, and everyone in the entourage of an athlete.

“The reason we wanted to come out in the public eye on Monday and give our press conference is to give the biggest impact possible to put a face on the twelve of us and what has happened and we want to create awareness to everybody in the country because we want to ensure that safe, that sports become safe for our children, for the next generation and that’s why we’re doing this. We want to take this horrible chapter in our lives and we want to turn it into something positive and that’s making sure these kinds of abuse never happen again and we need the government in helping us achieve that,” said Simard. MORE

RESPECT GROUP CALLS FOR GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY TO KEEP CANADIAN SPORT FREE FROM MALTREATMENT

June 8th, 2018 Activity Leaders, General News, Parents, Press Releases, Respect in Sport

 

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June 6, 2018

Respect Group commends the bravery of the former members of the National Ski Team, Amélie-Frédérique Gagnon, Gail Kelly, Anna Prchal and Geneviève Simard and the many other women who have come forward to disclose their stories and share their collective goal in calling for safer sport. They represent a multitude of past victims and their voices have already inspired other courageous individuals to come forward.

 

Respect Group also applauds the leadership of B2Ten, the Coaching Association of Canada, the Sport Dispute and Resolution Centre of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for bringing this critical topic to the forefront and advocating for sport that is free from maltreatment. These recommendations include;

 

  • Mandatory online training as to rights, responsibilities, obligations and awareness for athletes, coaches, professional service providers and management;
  • Development, adoption and adherence of Policies and Procedures to prevent all forms of maltreatment;
  • An independent avenue for parties to raise concerns when issues arise;
  • The rule of two; insuring, within reason, that young athletes are not left on their own with a coach, staff or other personnel for an extended duration.

 

 

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Respect Group was incorporated on April 5th, 2004 by co-founders, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion: the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD). Offering certification programs for Community/Sport Organizations (Respect in Sport), Schools and the Workplace, Respect Group has certified over 1,000,000 Canadians.

 

 

 

RESPECT GROUP EN APPELLE À UNE PLUS GRANDE IMPUTABILITÉ POUR GARDER LE SPORT CANADIEN À L’ABRI DE LA MALTRAITANCÉ

 

6 juin 2018

Respect Group salue la bravoure des anciens membres de l’équipe nationale de ski, Amélie-Frédérique Gagnon, Gail Kelly, Anna Prchal et Geneviève Simard et les nombreuses autres femmes qui ont dévoilé leur histoire et partagé leur objectif commun en réclamant une sécurité accrue en sport. Elles  représentent une multitude de victimes passées, et leurs voix ont déjà inspiré d’autres personnes courageuses à se manifester.

 

Respect Group applaudit également le leadership de B2dix, l’Association canadienne des entraîneurs, le Centre de règlement des différends sportifs du Canada et le Centre canadien de protection de l’enfance pour avoir porté ce sujet critique au premier plan et exigé un sport exempt de  maltraitance. Ces recommandations comprennent :

 

  • Une formation en ligne obligatoire sur les droits, les responsabilités, les obligations et la sensibilisation des athlètes, des entraîneurs, des fournisseurs de services professionnels et de la direction;
  • L’élaboration, l’adoption et l’adhésion aux politiques et procédures visant à prévenir toutes les formes de maltraitance;
  • Un canal indépendant offert à toutes les parties pour partager les préoccupations lorsque des problèmes surviennent;
  • La règle de deux : s’assurer, dans la mesure du possible, que les jeunes athlètes ne soient pas seuls avec un entraîneur ou tout membre du personnel pendant une période prolongée.

 

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Respect Group a été constitué le 5 avril 2004 par les cofondateurs Sheldon Kennedy et Wayne McNeil pour poursuivre une passion commune: la prévention de l’intimidation, de l’abus, du harcèlement et de la discrimination. Offrant des programmes de certification pour les organismes communautaires / sportifs (Respect et sport), les écoles et le milieu de travail, Respect Group a certifié plus de 1,000,000 de Canadiens.

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Kennedy’s Mission Continues

March 6th, 2018 General News, Respect in Sport, Swift Current

Kennedy’s Mission Continues

“…Two decades after his courageous journey, Kennedy is taking his message of hope and healing across Canada once again, this time with a series of Q and A’s and public viewings of Director Joshua Rofe’s masterpiece ‘Swift Current’. The film depicts Kennedy’s personal journey along with two other victims of childhood sexual abuse. Kennedy is undoubtedly the busiest child advocate in North America, but he wouldn’t want it any other way. “I think everyone would say they have a hectic schedule, in my case, I am passionate about the issues we deal with, and I want to have an impact, that is what keeps me going,” explained Kennedy. MORE

Kennedy and McNeil – Commentary on Responsible Coaching Movement

March 6th, 2018 General News, Respect in Sport, Sheldon Kennedy

Kennedy and McNeil – Commentary on Responsible Coaching Movement

Monsters roam the earth, and Larry Nassar was a monster. The doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University was sent to prison for the rest of his life on Wednesday for molesting hundreds of girls, and 156 of them stood in the Michigan courtroom to give victim impact statements, and stare the monster down. Every one was a shattering example of damage, of strength, of courage. MORE

Respect in Sport Title Sponsor for the 2018 Ontario Soccer Summit

November 15th, 2017 General News, Respect in Sport

Respect in Sport Title Sponsor for the 2018 Ontario Soccer Summit

 

“…[Sheldon] Kennedy, former NHL player, and Co-Founder of Respect Group, sees the Ontario Soccer Summit as the perfect platform for the Respect in Sport message. “Ontario Soccer has fully embraced the Respect in Sport programs, through their work on the Activity Leader / Coach program, as well as the Parent Program pilot,” said Kennedy. “The Ontario Soccer Summit offers yet another opportunity to bring our important message of prevention to those who make decisions in sport.””

Kennedy, who was a keynote speaker at last year’s Ontario Soccer Summit, will once again be present at this year’s event to connect with the Ontario Soccer community. MORE

Article: A Coach’s Plea to Parents

November 12th, 2017 General News, Parents

Article: A Coach’s Plea to Parents

 

An interesting article from Alison Beblin on letting the coaches do the coaching, and allowing your children to simply enjoy sport and just “let them play”. Read the full article here: MORE

Respect Group Receives Business Leaders Award

November 6th, 2017 General News, Respect in the Workplace

Respect Group Receives Business Leaders Award

Any successful business depends on its loyal clients. At Respect Group, ours are special. They believe, strongly, in creating respectful sport, school and workplace environments. That has taken leadership and conviction. Thank you, to each and every one of our incredible partners who have trusted us throughout the last 13 years. MORE

Respect Group Partners With Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

November 6th, 2017 General News, Respect in Sport

Respect Group Partners With Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

Respect Group is pleased to announce our partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.  Jumpstart is a national charity which helps remove barriers that prevent kids from reaching their full potential through sport and recreation. Jumpstart helps kids in financial need access sport and recreation opportunities by assisting with participation costs. Our relationship will span Respect in Sport training for all Jumpstart volunteers and the co-development of “Keeping Girls in Sport” an online training program for those coaching/mentoring girls to ensure, safe, life-long participation. Stay tuned, in subsequent Newsletters, to learn more!

 

Bill Brooks: Calgary Business Leaders are tops

July 29th, 2017 General News, Sheldon Kennedy, Uncategorised

Bill Brooks: Calgary Business Leaders are tops

 

Being an exceptional business leader is no small feat. Challenges galore test the mettle of myriad businesses whether its the carbon tax, increases in the minimum wage, or shameful federal and provincial government ‘business averse’ polices, it’s indeed tougher than ever to make a buck. MORE

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