Increasing Physical Activity
and Sport for Ontario Women 55-70+
Funded Pilot Projects
Ontario Trillium Foundation: May 2010
to April 2012 projects
The following projects are focused on increasing physical
activity and sport for women 55-70+. These projects are taking
place between June 2011 and April 2012 and were made possible
through a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Women Walking to Better Health, Emo
This project focuses on the development of a trail and walking
program, including Nordic Pole walking. Women 55-70+ will
be trained to lead the sessions and will sit on the trail
development committee to ensure the trail is designed to meet
the needs of women 55-70+.
Organization: Emo-LaVallee-Chapple Healthy Communities Coalition
Contact: Siobhan Booth
Get Active with Urban Poling Project, Rainy River
This Nordic Pole walking program will focus on the development
of a volunteer led program for women 55-70+ in Rainy River.
As part of the project women 55-70+ will be certified as instructors
and lead the group on weekly walks- trail walking in the summer
and fall and snowshoeing in the winter.
Organization: Healthy Communities Coalition of Rainy River
Contact: Heidi Ivall
Activators in Action, Thunder Bay
This project focuses on training and supporting more women
55-70+ to instruct and lead a variety of programs. Certifications
and accredited training will occur as well as supervision
by existing instructors. The capacity built through this project
will increase the number of women 55-70+ instructors allowing
for additional programming.
Organization: City of Thunder Bay Recreation and Culture Division,
Older Adult Unit
Contact: Nancy Angus, Community Program Developer- Older Adults
Elders Activity project, Thunder Bay
Through this project the Ontario Native Women’s Association
will incorporate yoga and tai chi to their existing programming
for women 55-70+. This was an identified need from the women
55-70+ involved in their walking programs and with this new
activity they hope to not only engage existing participants
but attract new participants interested in the new programs.
Organization: Ontario Native Women’s Association
Contact: Colleen Maloney, Program Director
Tiiganning, M’Chigeeng First Nation
This is a community Garden project, in which women 55-70+
take the lead in managing the garden as well as teaching the
rest of the community how to grow and harvest their own food.
The produce will be canned at the end of the season to help
feed the community. Through this project they will also use
the greenhouse so they can grow food all year round.
Organization: Anishinaabemowin Gamig- Elders Language Activity
Contact: Kim Aelick
Activities for Women 55-70+, Mississauga
This project is focused on getting new East Indian women 55-70+
active and engaged in their community through being more physically
active. Activities that they plan to try include: tennis,
table tennis, yoga and general fitness.
Organization: Heartland Creditview Neighbourhood Centre and
the Canadian Pakistan Friendship Association
Contact: Naheed Kausar
55+ Plus Fabulous for Life Fitness, Springwater
This project is focused on bringing different activities to
a number of small communities located within the Township
of Springwater. Through this project they plan to utilize
local champions and local community or church halls. Communities
decide what they want to try and then the activity comes to
Organization: Township of Springwater
Contact: Julie Ann Columbus
Variety Lane, Innisfil
Through this project the Town of Innisfil plans to offer a
variety of different new activities for women 55-70+. Based
on interest and feedback the most popular activities will
continue and be added to regular recreation programming.
Organization: Town of Innisfil
Contact: Tammy Botham
Strong and Youthful, Kingston
Through this project an exercise program aimed at increasing
strength, flexibility & balance will be developed and
piloted in a number of locations around Kingston. Locations
and actual activities will be determined through focus groups
with women 55-70+ to ensure the program meets their needs.
New partnerships with the college and university will be formed
to provide greater access and flexibility for interested participants.
In addition women 55-70+ will be trained as instructors to
lead these new programs.
Organization: Seniors Association Kingston Region, The Seniors
Contact: Nadeen Kane, Program Coordinator
CAAWS would like to thank the Ontario Trillium
Foundation (an agency of the Government of Ontario)
for financial support of this project.