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2017 International Play Conference

The 2017 conference, held in Calgary, will bring together members from nearly 50 countries to exchange ideas and inspire action about play. International Play Association (IPA) is an international organization founded in Denmark in 1961. It is an interdisciplinary organization, bringing together people from all professions working for and with children, including play workers, planners, psychologists, educators, academics, architects, artists, researchers, childcare workers, trainers, health workers, and landscape designers. The purpose of IPA is to protect, preserve and promote the child's right to play as a fundamental human right.

Conference updates can be found here on the ​
website or Facebook event Page 

ParticipACTION 150 Playlist

Canada’s 150th birthday is an opportunity to celebrate all that makes us Canadian, and being physically active is an essential part of that collective identity. From tobogganing and snowshoeing to fishing and hiking, movement has always been integral to everyday life in Canada. The 150 Play List celebrates that history while inspiring Canadians to make it a bigger part of our future. Being active is essential and accessible to all of us, in every part of the country regardless of who we are, or who we identify with. Each activity on the list includes adaptations and variations, ensuring that anyone can participate regardless of age, ability or level of experience.

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday by trying 150 activities!. The Playlist is a challenge to Canadians in communities, schools and workplaces to see how many different activities they can complete in 2017. So get out there, try as many as you can, track your activities online and earn chances to win great prizes!

For more information, please visit

Alberta Sport Connection Launches Alberta Sport Leadership Conference 


The Alberta Sport Connection is pleased to announce that the website and registration is now open for the 2017 Alberta Sport Leadership Conference held on April 27-29, 2017. Alberta Sport Connection will be presenting their seventh Alberta Sport Leadership Conference at the Banff Centre; a scenic backdrop for sector colleagues, stakeholders and partners to share knowledge, information, network and collaborate.  

The theme of this year’s Conference is Celebrating Sport in Alberta and the Conference Program has been established around five principles of Quality Sport including:

* Sport is led by Quality Coaches
* Sport Organizations demonstrate Excellence
* Sport reflects the principles of Athlete Development
* Sport is delivered in a Safe and Ethical Manner with a focus on Concussions in Sport  
* Sport is Inclusive and Accessible to Under-represented Populations with an emphasis on Increasing Participation for Females
 * Registration fees prior to April 14th will be $300.00 and will increase to $375.00 after that date.  There are also registration options for students and single day registrants.  
* Banff Centre Accommodations can be made online by booking under the Group Name: Please book by March 27th to guarantee accommodation on site.

Conference Registration enquiries can be directed to while general Conference enquires can be addressed to

Your one-stop source for all of the Conference information and details here:  

Alberta Helps Non-Profits Save Money

Non-profit and volunteer agencies will benefit from a $1-million grant to complete energy efficiency audits. Organizations can save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by determining areas for energy efficiency improvements.

The Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) Program will provide funding to help non-profit and volunteer groups determine how efficient their current lighting, heating, cooling and hot water systems are. Equipped with audit information, agencies can then take advantage of Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Rebate Program, which offers incentives for the purchase and installation of high-efficiency products.

The Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Rebate Program is one of several programs offered by Energy Efficiency Alberta – a provincial agency established as part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan. The agency will provide programs and services, starting this spring, to help families, businesses and communities protect their pocketbooks and lower their carbon footprints.

Non-profit and volunteer organizations looking for more information can email

Alberta Canada 150 Grant

The Community Initiatives Program's (CIP) Alberta Canada 150 stream supports community projects that recognize Canada’s 150th anniversary and align with the four themes of the Federal Canada 150 (diversity and inclusion, reconciliation, engaging and inspiring youth, environmental stewardship).

Application deadlines are the 15th of each month, with the final intake on October 15th, 2017.

Community Fund for Canada 150

The Community Fund for Canada 150 is distributed by participating community foundations from coast to coast to coast. The Fund will support thousands of local projects connected to Canada 150 that:
  • Encourage participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
  • Inspire a deeper understanding about the people, places, and events that shape our country and our communities.
  • Build vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including indigenous peoples; groups that reflect our cultural diversity; youth; and official language minorities.
Check for upcoming application deadlines in your community.


Be Fit for Life Network News

The Be Fit For Life Network is very excited to announce the launch of their new website!
  • Easily explore resources and workshops supporting the development of physical literacy.
  • Get connected with a PLAY (Physical Literacy And You) Group in your region.
  • Learn about the Be Fit For Life Network and the local offerings at each of the nine Centers.
Visit for more!

Start planning a walking group today!

A walking group is a great way to start off the new year! It can be as simple as walking 10 minutes through the halls or around the building. Or try a fun, walking team competition for a couple of weeks. 
You can borrow one of the Alberta Center for Active Living's pedometer kits for your group activity/competition. They have kits of 36 pedometers and 18 pedometers for loan in Alberta.  They are useful for teachers, workplace wellness practitioners and other health promotion practitioners.The standard loan period is one month, and the kits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Submit a request to the ACAL office today:


Live Active Summit
April 2017
Edmonton, AB

This summit will be a catalyst to educate, engage and bring to life active living, active recreation and sport in a school and community setting. It will involve collaborative work around physical literacy and share successful practices from across the province.  The goal of this summit is to highlight and experience best practices that have clear tangible outcomes. 

The Summit will be a platform to highlight the well-being benefits of active living in cities, schools, and communities.  It will bring together the sectors of education, health, active transportation, sport, and recreation and anyone interested in meaningful participation in development of a healthy active population.  

For more information contact



Wanted: New Advisory Board members for ACAL

In May, the Alberta Centre for Active Living will have two openings on their Advisory Board. The key functions of the Advisory Board are:
  • advocating for the Alberta Centre for Active Living;
  • identifying issues for the Centre’s Executive Management Group (EMG) and Centre staff;
  • acting as a sounding board for the EMG, in activities such as strategic planning; and
  • be champions for physical activity, as well as for the recognition and use of physical activity expertise.
If you are interested, please contact Director Nora Johnston for an application form.

Active Living 

The Provincial Fitness Unit maintains a job board for certified fitness professionals. Please visit their website for their province-wide listing of employment opportunities!

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