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SUN JAN 9: Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series Back for 2022 - Register now for FREE

The annual Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series is designed to empower and inspire women to become leaders in sport, community and life. It’s a professional development opportunity designed for coaches, administrators, community leaders, and volunteers of all genders, from all sports, from across Manitoba.

Hosted by Sara Orlesky


Session 4: Embracing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The next session of the Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series is Sunday, January 9, 2022, at 6 p.m. CST.

Break down stereotypes and critically discuss the impacts and effects of systemic discrimination and social exclusion with our guest panel:

  • Betty Kassa coaches a newcomer girls soccer team with the Winnipeg Newcomer Sport Academy and Immigrant Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba. She’s also a part of the WNSA’s Women in Sport Leadership initiative supported by Canadian Women in Sport.
  • Lily Rich is a member of Para Storm Swim club and is passionate about creating inclusive spaces for youth with disabilities. Last year, they began working with Accessible Sport Connections Manitoba, and hosted its inaugural youth event, “Disabled Youth Talking.”
  • Anastasia Bucsis is a two-time Olympic speed skater. She is a host and analyst at CBC, hosting on multiple platforms including the Player’s Own Voice podcast. Anastasia is a passionate advocate for mental health issues, eradicating homophobia in sport, and telling the stories of Canada's high-performance athletes.

Register for this session at the link below, and be sure to share + watch our previous sessions on-demand, here.



THU JAN 20: Concussion in Sport Symposium 2022: Demonstrating Canadian Leadership

Canada’s Concussion in Sport Symposium is kicking off the new year with the latest research, best practices and a stellar keynote. Athlete safety is a priority and continued education helps Canadian sport clubs, coaches and organizations ensure their protocols and programs are up to date and having an impact.

On January 20, 2022, this FREE, one-day, virtual event, will bring together hundreds of Canadian sport leaders, coaches, practitioners, and researchers on Zoom.

Here is a snapshot of what’s in store. Stay tuned as we confirm more of our speakers in the coming weeks!

 Session 1: Keeping our athletes safe

  • Keynote: Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser
  • Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist | Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame 

Session 2: Best practices; concussion education, evaluation, and policy implementation

Panel discussion with:

  • Jeremy Haluschak, Manager Business Operations, Hockey Alberta
  • Kendra Isaak, Director Sport and Competitions, Special Olympics Canada
  • Marcia Morris, Executive Director, Ottawa Sport Council
  • Moderated by Amanda Black, CAT(C), PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Certified Athletic Therapist, University of Calgary


Hall of Fame News: In Memory of Darwin Semotiuk

It is with great sadness that the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and Basketball Manitoba share the news of the passing of Darwin Semotiuk on January 4, 2022. Darwin coached the University of Manitoba Bisons 1967-68 and led the Bisons from mediocrity to great success in only one year. In that year, the Bisons became contenders for the Western Canadian conference championship after recording a 1-19 record the year before. 

After a very successful career as a player with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, he came to Manitoba. After leaving the Bisons, he went to earn his Ph.D. and then became the head football coach and, eventually, the Athletic Director at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

If there was one word to describe Darwin, it would be CLASS. He inspired the players to give their best and act as great representatives for the team, the university, and the community.

Our sincere condolences are extended to his wife, Mary, his entire family, and many friends in Manitoba and Ontario.


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