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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


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.




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.






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.



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.


Sheldon Kennedy Sees History Repeating With Nassar Case

March 6th, 2018 Activity Leaders, Parents, Respect in Sport, Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy Sees History Repeating With Nassar Case

For more than two decades, Nassar, who also ran a gymnastics clinic at Michigan State University, used his position of power and trust to prey on vulnerable children. Each account of sexual abuse further exposed a culture of ignorance and victim blaming within competitive sport.The enormity of Nassar crimes seems unfathomable. That he wasn’t stopped sooner is unconscionable. There weren’t just red flags. There were flashing lights and sirens. And they were ignored again and again. And as those wrenching accounts of sexual abuse were shared at Nassar’s sentencing, Sheldon Kennedy saw history repeatingMORE

Golf Canada Joins the Responsible Coaching Movement

March 6th, 2018 Activity Leaders, Respect in Sport, Respect in the Workplace

Golf Canada Joins the Responsible Coaching Movement


Golf Canada is proud to announce it is working to combat and prevent abuse, bullying and harassment in golf by adopting Respect in Sport and Respect in the Workplace as part of its deepened commitment to the Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM). “We are very proud to be joining other National Sport Federations in adopting and facilitating this important training among our golf community,” said Laurence Applebaum, CEO, Golf Canada. “Our commitment to integrating the Responsible Coaching Movement and Respect programming into the core areas of our organization will strengthen our efforts to build a culture of respect, and further instill a safe, fun and positive environment in golf.” MORE

Active bystanders can stop abuse in the halls of power

March 5th, 2018 Activity Leaders, Parents, Respect in School, Respect in Sport, Respect in the Workplace, Sheldon Kennedy

Active bystanders can stop abuse in the halls of power

What everyone who works in the field of politics requires is bystander training. Victims of abuse – be it child abuse, sexual abuse, workplace harassment, marital abuse or elder abuse – will note that they repeatedly tried to tell their story and get help, but nothing happened. “From my experience, a child who is being abused has to tell — on average — seven people before their story is taken seriously,” said survivor and activist Sheldon Kennedy. MORE

Waterpolo Canada Joins the Responsible Coaching Movement

October 18th, 2017 Activity Leaders, Respect in Sport

Waterpolo Canada Joins the Responsible Coaching Movement


Water Polo Canada (WPC) has officially taken the pledge of the Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM)  The RCM is a multi-phase system-wide movement coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the Canadian Centre for Sport Ethics (CCES). To start, all National Championship League coaches will complete Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders, and management staff will complete Respect in the Workplace.

“Water Polo Canada’s overall approach is to make sure we promote and play our sport in an healthy and safe environment for the athletes. We are committed to maintain an unwavering focus on the well-being of our athletes and members and such focus guides us when taking decisions and developing new policies or programs.” commented Martin Goulet, Water Polo Canada’s Executive Director. To learn more about the Responsible Coaching Movement Click MORE

It’s About Respect: An Interview with Sheldon Kennedy on Respect Group Training

August 6th, 2017 Activity Leaders, Respect in Sport

It’s About Respect: An Interview with Sheldon Kennedy on Respect Group Training


Starting on July 19, 2016, Scouts Canada adopted Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders training that was developed by Respect Group, a Canadian leader in youth safety and abuse prevention training. This training has replaced Scouts Canada’s Child and Safety (CYS) Training for Volunteers. MORE

Ontario Soccer Association

August 6th, 2017 Activity Leaders, Respect in Sport

Ontario Soccer Association


The Ontario Soccer Association will begin phasing in Respect in Sport (RIS) programming for Coaches and Match Officials in 2017.”Elliott, who is a coach as well, understands the importance this programming can play in our communities. “I personally feel that the information in the program is important and that providing a respectful and caring environment to players is my priority as an Administrator and Coach.” MORE

Sport Calgary asks amateur sports groups to implement online Respect education

March 1st, 2016 Activity Leaders, Parents, Respect in Sport

Sport Calgary asks amateur sports groups to implement online Respect education


Sport Calgary is urging all of the city’s amateur sports associations to promote the online Respect In Sport education course, and consider making it mandatory for all parents and coaches working with youth.

They also hope to organize a Sport Summit in the next year inviting representatives from a range of sport organizations to share strategies and solutions for improving respectful behaviour.

In response to Hockey Calgary’s warning last week that bad behaviour among parents and athletes is rising at the rink, Sport Calgary spokeswoman and two-time Olympic gold medallist Catriona Le May Doan says it’s time all parents understand the importance of respectful behaviour at their kids’ sporting events.

“I’ve seen it all, at all levels, as an athlete, as a coach, as a volunteer and as a parent,” said Le May Doan, senior director of community engagement at Sport Calgary. MORE

It’s About Respect: An Interview With Sheldon Kennedy On Respect Group Training

February 18th, 2016 Activity Leaders, Respect in Sport, Sheldon Kennedy, Uncategorised

It’s About Respect: An Interview With Sheldon Kennedy On Respect Group Training



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