Recognize an influential female leader in sport and physical activity


November 15, 2013, Ottawa, (ISN) – Starting today you can publicly recognize and honour an influential woman by nominating her to CAAWS’ Most INFLUENTIAL Women List for 2013.

To nominate: 

CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity) publishes its Most Influential Women List (MIW) annually to celebrate and highlight Canadian women who are leaders—women who influenced sport and physical activity in Canada and on the international scene. 

CAAWS is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating an equitable sport and physical activity system in which girls and women are actively engaged as participants and leaders. CAAWS provides a number of services, programs and resources to a variety of clients, including sport and physical activity organizations, teachers, coaches, health professionals and recreation leaders. Since 1981 CAAWS has worked in close cooperation with government and non-government organizations on activities and initiatives that advocate for positive change for girls and women in sport and physical activity.

Our Vision – this statement describes our shared aspiration for Canadian sport

A Canadian sport and physical activity system that is equal and fair for girls and women.

Our Mission – this statement describes our core purpose and reason for being

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) is the leading organization that educates, promotes and collaborates to support a sport and physical activity system in which girls and women are actively engaged.

Our Values – this statement describes what matters most to us

The CAAWS Board and staff are proud of the work we do and believe these values will help us carry out our mission and achieve our vision. As passionate champions for girls and women in sport and physical activity, we are committed to integrating these values in all we do. We believe in:

Being courageous: We do so by taking informed risks; setting high standards for ourselves and the sectors we work within; and thinking critically.

Being respectful: We do so by embracing diversity; proactively communicating our messages; and working to create safe, welcoming and inclusive environments.

Being fair: We do so by demanding equality; fostering transparency; and encouraging dialogue.

So many great women have been named to the CAAWS Most Influential Women List. You can continue the tradition by nominating a leader. See women who have been named in past years at 

The final List is compiled by a CAAWS selection panel, from both public nominations and from contributions from knowledgeable sport and physical activity leaders. The panel reviews the submissions and bases its decision on accomplishment and scope of activities in the 2013 calendar year. Deadline for nominations is December 7th, 2013.The CAAWS Most Influential Women List for 2013 will be announced in early January 2014.