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To advocate involvement in school sport as an integral part of education and to provide governance of inter school sport activities for high school students through fair play and equal opportunity.
Program Director Unified Sports
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Executive Director CIAAA
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From the Compliance Officer– December, 2020
Recently, a newly assigned AD asked me what counsel or help they should provide to a student transferring to or from their school. What should they say that would be helpful and not mislead a student when preparing a transfer submission? What a great question! This article attempts to summarize the principles and points the two of us discussed. We hope it will be helpful.
Principles that guide transfers between ASAA affiliated schools:
The ASAA policies state as one of their primary objectives, “to promote among students an awareness that:
The primary aim of school is education;” (Policies, 3.D.i)
Therefore, “all stakeholders have a positive duty to discourage an athletically motivated transfer.” (Section II, 5, p. 31)
Students “are expected to provide complete and accurate information regardless if the information requested may be perceived by the party member to have a less desirable impact on decision outcomes.” (Section II, 4, A)
Therefore, when a student athlete approaches you for help or counsel with a transfer, the following points could be conveyed (using all the tact and communication skills you have garnered over the course of your coaching experience).
Transfers which are athletically motivated will be denied by the ASAA. Below are some athletically motivated rationales that would probably result in a denial of transfer:
The coach at the new school is a better coach and will advance my sport career significantly, or I know the new coach and get along with them better.
The team at the new school is far more successful and I would have a better chance at winning games and championships.
Given the track record of the new school’s teams, I will have a greater chance of being noticed by a scout for recruitment to post secondary programs.
The new school has much better access to scholarship opportunities for their sports programs and I need the funding for post-secondary education and athletics.
I have more friends on the teams in the new school, because of club teams, social groups or previous athletic experiences.
I am not getting along with the team at my present school and want a new start with a different team.
There are valid and supported reasons for transferring from one school to another. The key is to ensure that these are the foundational reasons for the transfer (see section IV, 11, pg 48 of the policies handbook for an outline of acceptable reasons for transfer).
When a student athlete comes to you about a transfer, your role is to ensure that the transfer is based upon supportable reasons, and then to counsel the student accordingly. Sometimes a blunt, “from what you have told me, you will not be able to play sports in your new school (or in this school) for the next year,” is the best message you can share with your student. Remember, your role is not to prompt or promote any transfer.
Finally, if you are in doubt as to how to proceed, we are available to help. You can call the ASAA during office hours at 780-427-8182, and ask to speak with the Compliance Officer. I am happy to help in any way I can.
Key takeaway: How you counsel a student regarding their transfer and the actions resulting from that counsel can have a significant impact on the life of a student. Whether the student is transferring into or out of your school, your discussion with them should be open, honest and factual. To students coming into your school, be careful not to make promises you cannot keep. To students leaving your school, please don’t make comments that are disparaging or intimidating. As well, please remember that students have been denied athletic eligibility by the ASAA for not being truthful in their transfer documents. Let’s not be the catalyst for a student’s ineligibility; their mental health is at stake.
We recognize the awkward situations that athletic directors are placed in sometimes when transfers are being made, and we appreciate your efforts to support our students in the best way possible. Your efforts and integrity are deeply appreciated and are an excellent example to our youth.
Nathan Moore, ASAA Compliance Officer
Program Director Inclusive Sports
2019 Metro Unified Jamboree participants
Unified Sports: A Background in Alberta
Unified Sports is a Special Olympics program where people with and without intellectual disabilities come together for training and competition on the same team. In Alberta, this program runs in high schools across the province as a partnership between Special Olympics Alberta and the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA).
Unified Sports started in Alberta in 2015, but it has existed since 1989 thanks to Beau Doherty, who introduced the idea of Special Olympics athletes (Unified athletes) playing on teams with non-Special Olympics athletes (Unified partners) in Connecticut, alongside Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Once Special Olympics Alberta and the ASAA committed to bringing this program to Alberta, it took six months for even one school to say yes. That school was Bishop McNally in Calgary. Luckily, this is all it took and the ball started rolling. From there, I was able to convince a nearby school, Lester B. Pearson, to make a Unified Basketball team so that Bishop McNally would have someone to compete against. This led to a Unified Basketball Jamboree that was hosted in a small gymnasium at the University of Calgary, where Bishop McNally and Lester B. Pearson was joined by Bert Church school, who drove up from Airdrie for the event.
Bishop McNally 2015–16 school year; the first Unified Sports team in Alberta
The ball started rolling elsewhere in the province too. Bev Facey, J.H. Picard, and L.Y. Cairns got together at the Saville Centre in Edmonton for some Unified Basketball games. In June, we had the first Unified Relay at the 2016 ASAA Track & Field Provincial Championships, where a team of two athletes and two partners from Medicine Hat High took home the gold.
That first year may have started slow, but those three events were jam-packed with highlights that helped to cement the Unified Sports program as a constant in Alberta high school sports programs in the subsequent years. There was major excitement pouring out of each event, like an athlete who was so pumped up to play basketball with his friends that he declared that this day was better than his trip to Disneyland would be in a few weeks. There were also smaller moments of inclusion and acceptance, like a conversation between an athlete and a partner about how difficult it is to hit the pinky button in Guitar Hero. No, that wasn’t sports related or headline-worthy in a traditional way, but it was a conversation with a new friend that likely would not have happened had they not been sitting on a bench taking a break from the game together. My personal favourite moment was watching the faces of the athletes when their coaches handed them their school basketball jersey for the first time in their lives. Handing someone a jersey is such a seemingly small act that sometimes we forget how powerful of a moment of inclusion it really is.
In the next school year, two new sports were introduced: Unified Bocce and Unified Bean Bag Toss. These sports balanced out Unified Basketball and Unified Track and allowed more students to get involved. I was initially unsure of how well those two additions would go over with a high school crowd, but it turns out competitive bocce and bean bag toss attracts quite an audience. I like to call Unified Bocce a “universal equalizer”, because you can be the best football player, basketball player, track athlete, etc. in your school, and still be absolutely awful at bocce, and vice versa. The type of athleticism needed to be good at bocce is just different. This has led to some interesting matchups for Unified teams, levelling out the playing field and giving students who may not normally be at the forefront a chance to lead. The success of both Unified Bocce and Unified Bean Bag Toss has been incredible.
After increasing the Unified Sports options up from two sports to four, more and more schools started getting involved. In fact, schools weren’t just getting their own students involved, they were also challenging other schools in their area to make a Unified team so that they could have more teams to play against. Schools also started hosting events, and they all did incredible jobs of including their full school communities to make these events memorable for all participants. Personally, the moment I realized this program was really on a roll was when I saw parents of Unified athletes taking time off work to see their children representing their school on a team for the first time.
So where are we now? Well, we’re online. When it’s safe, we’ll all get back together and do a giant high-five line to kick off a big event, but for now we’re going to stay safely distanced from one another. Unified activities are still on, and we’re encouraging you to keep your teams connected in whatever way you can. First up is a Unified Scavenger Hunt and after the winter break we’ll do some minute-to-win-it style virtual competitions. Even if your Unified team can’t all be together, you can still participate! Split up the scavenger hunt items among teammates and let everyone do their part from wherever is safe for them. Even though Unified Sports will look different this year, we’re all in this together and I’m confident that inclusion will continue to grow in the times that we need it the most.
For more information please contact Shanna Kurylo at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Measuring the distance of opposing team’s bocce balls and the pallino at the 2016 Unified Bocce Festival in Calgary
And the Winners are....
School sport may be on hold, but school spirit is not.
From October 13th to November 9th, 2020, high school students across Alberta were challenged by Alberta Milk to show off their school spirit in the #PassOffChallenge for a chance to win $5,000 for their school’s athletics program.
Congratulations to the following schools who received a $5,000 donation to their athletics program from Alberta Milk:
1A: Glendon School
2A: Kitscoty High School
3A: Cochrane High School
4A: Jasper Place High School (Edmonton)
WELCOME TO THE NEW CIAAA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!
We are excited to announce Shannon Klassen will be taking over as the CIAAA Executive Director on January 11th. Shannon brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, having previously worked as a Manager of Sport for BC School Sports and an Admissions Manager at an Independent School in BC. Prior to this, she worked at Winsport, Canada Olympic Park in Calgary in various roles. Shannon has a passion for sport and educational athletics and is looking forward this new challenge. She has been involved in sport, both in schools and the community, for many years as a coach and athlete. Shannon will lead the organization by continuing to work on the strategic plan initiatives and bringing awareness to the athletic director position across the country.
Shannon holds a bachelors degree from the University of Calgary where she majored in Communications and she is currently in the process of completing her Masters of Science in Athletic Administration through Grace College. In her spare time Shannon likes to stay active by skiing with her husband, playing field hockey, spending time at the lake, and playing with her dog.
Shannon will be located in BC and will be working remotely and out of the BC School Sports office on occasion. You can always reach Shannon at email@example.com toll free at 1-888-618-4530.
FARWELL TO FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CIAAA ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FAREWELL TO DREW HANSON
It is with great sorrow that I announce that after three and a half years at the helm as Executive Director, Drew Hanson is departing the CIAAA and moving onto the next phase of his career. During his tenure with the CIAAA Drew has grown our association to be the leading source of professional development for Athletic Directors in Canada.
Drew's accomplishments include establishing a Strategic Plan to guide our association through the next several years, an upgrade of our online and social media platforms, the creation of a Resource Bank for Athletic Directors, a complete certification model leading to our new CMAA Certification, establishing an online delivery model for our Leadership Training Program (LTP), expanded out the LTP program to include middle school and junior high Athletic Directors, establishing new community and business partnerships, and a rebranding of the CIAAA name. We will remember Drew’s time with the CIAAA with much appreciation.
Drew would often express his admiration for the people he met and worked with over the years. He has always embraced and promoted the values of school sport and understood the valuable life lessons young people learn from participating in educational athletics. His recognition for the work ethic and dedication of Athletic Directors made him a natural fit for a leadership role in our association.It has been a pleasure to have a talented individual like Drew lead the CIAAA. We are better for having the opportunity to learn and grow from each other. The CIAAA wishes Drew and his family all the best moving forward.
By Scott Bezubiak, President, CIAAA
The Winning number is....
The proceeds will be distributed as donations to the eight geographical zones of the Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA) and to the ASAA. The stated purpose of the donation will be for the zones to distribute those funds to assist zone member schools in covering the costs of coordinating school athletics in their school which may include sports equipment, travel, athletic association memberships etc. The donation to the ASAA is targeted towards covering the cost of items like medals, plaques and banners that are provided to provincial championship host schools at no cost, for distribution to winners and placegetters at ASAA Provincial Championships.
The draw was made at the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) Annual Planning Meeting on Friday, December 4, 2020. The draw was record. The winner was announced on the ASAA Instagram (@ASAAProvs), Twitter (@ASAA), and the ASAA website (www.asaa.ca).
NOTE: Tim was the Intermediate Boys High Jump Record Holder in 1970.
Barry stands out in exemplifying qualities that have made him the ideal official for high school sports. His ego does not get in the way of ensuring the game is safe, fair, and fun. His easy-going attitude, firm knowledge of the rules and subtleties of the game, and his touch or art are some of the many reasons he is regularly selected to officiate at Provincial Championships and in important and difficult games.
Barry has also been involved in basketball as an athlete for over 30 years and a dedicated member of the EBOA for 10 seasons. He has been involved in the sport in a variety of positions including the Director of Discipline and Mediation liaising between the EBOA and Metro Athletics. Barry has also officiated over 600 high school games in Edmonton and continues to be that official players, coaches and partner want to see in their games.
Barry officiates over 70 high school games each season and has been a familiar face that many players, coaches, and fans are happy to see whenever he walks onto the floor. Barry worked closely with Metro Athletics for two-season liaising between the league and the EBOA as the person in charge of discipline for the association. Barry has been such a presence on the high school scene for many years and through his time he has not only officiated over 500 high school games; he has been networking with the local league to provide support and the best quality officials for those games. Barry has also been a part of the EBOA education team for 6 seasons mentoring officials to improve their ability to referee high school games as well.
Barry has been an integral part of the EBOA’s Education Team as an observer and mentor to many officials. He continues to hold himself as well as the association to the highest standard of professionalism, sportsmanship and respect.
It is with great pleasure that we induct Barry into the Hall of Fame as a 2020 Official Inductee.
As a high school athlete, Melissa has participated on all the major ASAA sports teams that her hometown 3A school, Barrhead Composite, offered:
Volleyball (2007/08 - 2009/10), 3A Provincial volleyball team 2008/09, 2009/10, Basketball (2007 /08 - 2009/10), Badminton (2007/08- 2008/09), Track & Field (2007/08 - 2009/10), 3A Provincial track & field team 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, Bronze junior women’s 4xl00m relay (07 /08), Silver intermediate women’s 4x100m relay (08/09), Bronze senior women’s 100m (09/101, Gold senior women’s 4x10om relay (09/10)
Some of Melissa’s special honours and achievements include: Barrhead Composite High School Female Athlete of the year (2009/10), Alberta Milk - ASAA Scholarship (2009/10), University of Alberta track and field (2011- 2014), Team Canada Bobsleigh Team (2014 - present), 2018 Winter Olympic Games (Korea) - Feb 19-20, 2018 - 7thPlace World Championships, 2017 World Championships, Silver 2016 world championships, Silver; 2017/18 Overall Crystal Globe, Gold; 2016/17 Overall Crystal Globe, Silver; 2015/16 Overall Crystal Globe, Gold; 2014/15 Overall Crystal Globe, 17 Silver World Cup Medals, Town of Barrhead Blue Heron Award (2018)
Melissa also speaks at schools to inspire youth to participate in sports and has helped as a volunteer at track & field events.
It is with great pleasure that we induct Melissa into the Hall of Fame as a 2020 Athlete Inductee.
Daryn began teaching at Glendon School 20 years ago. He became the Athletic Director at the school shortly after starting there and began coaching many different sports at the school. His teams have won 8 Zone Championships, and have been to Provincials 12 times. Winning two Consolation titles, a Bronze medal, and a Sportsmanship banner during his time there. He was also integral in the school’s first Provincial Championship when Glendon won the 1A Girls Championship in 2004. Daryn has hosted many tournaments in basketball, and many Zone Championship events, including two Provincial Championships in 2006 and 2014.
In Track and Field he has won 10 Zone Championships. His athletes have medalled an incredible 23 times at Provincials in several different disciplines. The school as a team has won the Bronze and Silver team medals at Provincials once each, and more incredibly Glendon School won 9 straight Provincial Championships from 2010-2018. It has all culminated in Daryn being instrumental in building an Athletic Park (including an asphalt track) in the back of Glendon School over the last couple of years, fundraising over 1.3 million dollars to complete the project.
Daryn has also been the President of our district school sport organization (SPAA) for many years and still serves as the Vice President today. At the zone level he has been Vice President in the past and has been the President of North East Zone for 8 years. Daryn has won the ASAA award for most sportsmanlike coach in 2012. He has also been a 1A Boys Basketball Ranker for almost 15 years. With as much as he does he has also found time to serve a term on the ASAA executive as Boys Athletics Director. It is with great pleasure that we induct Daryn into the Hall of Fame as a 2020 Coach Inductee.
Heather started her Athletic Administrator career at Bonnyville Centralized High School in Bonnyville, Alberta. As AD in her school, Heather hosted numerous Zone and Provincial Championships. Heather spearheaded both the 2013 Curling provincials and the 2015 3A Girls Volleyball Championships. Heather has hosted multiple zone championships at Bonnyville. Heather took on the Zone secretary for the North East from 2015 to 2017. She also held multiple leadership positions within the zone, most notable being basketball commissioner and ranker.
Heather is one of the main presenters for the CIAAA. She has represented Canada numerous times at the NIAAA. She has presented multiple workshops and LTI courses throughout Canada. Not only is she a presenter for the organization, but also a course co-author of LTI 722, 710, 501 and the new Unified course 633. Heather has also created multiple work Heather has taken on many roles within the CIAAA organization and is currently the Committee Chair for the CIAAA awards committee.
Heather made the move from Bonnyville to the North Central Zone when she took a position at Frank Maddock School as the Assistant Principal. In the last few years, Heather has been an active member of the North Central Zone and has hosted multiple championships. She has been a valued member of the zone and continues to make improvements to the zone.She is a strong believer in educational based athletics. We have seen this shift in the behavior of her athletes at multiple sporting events throughout the zone. This culture shift has been impressive to watch.
Her leadership on the Provincial and National stage have been invaluable. She is respected internationally as a role model on athletics. She has made an indelible mark on Alberta’s high school landscape.
It is with great pleasure that we induct Heather into the Hall of Fame as a 2020 Athlete Administrator.
Special Achievement Award
Bob Albrecht (RedDeer)
Jack Allen (Edmonton)
Ruby Anderson (Edmonton)
T.D. Baker (Edmonton)
Clydie A. Bird (Edmonton)
A. Stewart Bird (Edmonton)
Jim Blumwell (Magrath)
Gordon W. Foster (Calgary)
Bill J. Hackett (Calgary)
Grant Jensen (Cardston)
Don Macintosh (Edmonton)
John Mayell (Calgary)
Herb McLachlin (Edmonton)
Rudy Melnychuk (Edmonton)
Len Pallesen (Calgary)
Lew W. Roberts(Calgary)
Robert H. Routledge (Edmonton)
Ted Sawchuk (Edmonton)
Ward Steckle (Calgary)
Gretta Schwartz (Calgary)
Father Whelihan (Calgary)
Ronald P. White (Calgary)
Jim Whitelaw (Lethbridge)
The Ralph Family (Inducted in 2012)
Jim Ralph Sr.
Victoria Composite High School Boys Basketball Team 1955/1956 (Inducted in 2006)
Joe Bedford Bob Lindberg
Elmer Brendzan David McLean
Gary Day Don Monro
Len Dudka Ted Frechette
Roman Swynchuk Peter Hasey
Dave Hicks Don Kay
Jack Allen (Coach)
Don Macintosh (Coach)
Ralph Johnston (Coach)
Stettler High School Girls Basketball Team 1959/1960 (Inducted in 2010)
Diane Brodie Carol Stewart
Geraldine Dennis Marcia Stevens
Kathleen Keibel Jane Lucin
Margaret Nielsen Margo Schmidt
Louise Bleier (Inducted in 2016)
Herb McLachlin (2006)
Bruce Schwieder (2010)
Parrish Tung (2013)
Morgan Munroe (2015)
Philippa Fairbairn (2016)
John Bauer (2018)
Todd Kennedy (2019)
Barry Schwartz (2020)
John Mayell (2006)
Lorne Wood (2006)
Dr. Leroy Walker (2007)
Robert (Bob) Stewart (2008)
John Semkuley (2010)
John Takahashi (2012)
Myron Buryn (2013)
Dean Rook (2014)
Norma Smith (2015)
Don Maxwell (2017)
Scott Bezubiak (2019)
Heather Bartling (2020)
Marge Clarke (2006)
Jim Whitelaw (2006)
Susan Moncks (2009)
Bryan Anderson (2010)
Glen Magneson (2010)
Barb Young (2011)
Tom Inkster (2011)
Lou Rondeau (2012)
Dianne Greenough (2013)
Robbie McNab (2013)
Ian MacGillivray (2014)
Chuck Hebert (2015)
Rick Haines (2016)
Bill Young (2016)
Del Cleland (2017)
Andrew Przybylski (2018)
Cal O'Brien (2019)
Daryn Galatiuk (2020)
Richard Foggo (2007)
Beckie Scott (2008)
Brian Fryer (2008)
Pierre Leuders (2010)
Angela Whyte (2010)
Terry Danyluk (2011)
Christine Nordhagen (2011)
Leighann Reimer (2012)
Jenny Ciochetti (2014)
Esther Medema-Sieben (2014)
Pat Filipenko (2015)
Megan Metcalfe (2016)
John Bender (2016)
Jen Kish (2017)
Stefan Daniel (2017)
Danielle Lappage (2018)
Katherine Plouffe (2019)
Michelle Plouffe (2019)
Melissa Lotholz (2020)
Alberta High School Sports
Hall of Fame Inductees
2020 Unified School of the Year
Metro Edmonton High School Athletic Association
Recipient of the Special Olympics ALBERTA Unified school of the year.
From Special Olympics Alberta:
In honour of Global Week of Inclusion, we’re celebrating our homegrown Champions of Inclusion who were nominated by members of their community: Albertans who are leading the charge for respecting and embracing all abilities.
METRO EDMONTON HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS
Metro jumped on board with Unified Sports in Alberta high schools in 2018 with the Metro Unified Jamboree, combining three sports in one day for the ultimate inclusive Zone Championship. Spearheaded by Shawn Shepherd, Metro has expanded their offerings to include both an annual Unified Bocce and a Unified Jamboree event, bringing together hundreds of students from across the greater Edmonton area every year.
COLD LAKE HIGH SCHOOL
Cold Lake High School jumped on board with Unified Sports by hosting a Unified Bean Bag toss tournament, which is now an annual event hosted by teachers Kelly Eagles and Jared Nichol. Even though it’s called a bean bag toss event, there’s so much more going on to promote inclusion for every participant of every ability: students can make signs for their school between games, meet peers from surrounding schools, join the after-lunch cha-cha-slide, and go home with a special gift from CLHS.
BERT CHURCH HIGH SCHOOL
Led by Ian Ferguson and Cynthia Dahl, Bert Church High School was one of the first schools in Alberta to start playing Unified Sports back in 2016. They’ve made it a permanent part of their school community since then. BCHS has been both event participants and event hosts, most recently hosting a virtual Unified Bean Bag Toss event for athletes across Canada to learn a new activity while staying safe at home.
BELLEROSE HIGH SCHOOL
Bellerose High was excited to host the 2020 Metro Unified Jamboree and ready to show schools from across Edmonton what inclusion looks like for the Bellerose Bulldogs. The event was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19, but that didn’t stop the Bulldogs Unified Team from staying connected and showing their dedication to their team by donning their jerseys and making a video to stay connected.
SHANNA KURYLO AND THE ASAA
Shanna Kurylo and the ASAA team have brought inclusion to high schools across Alberta. In less the five years the culture surrounding inclusion in high schools has shifted dramatically thanks to Unified Sports. The ASAA has been the driving force behind the Unified program and Shanna has done an incredible job connecting with teachers, schools, and making sure inclusion is ingrained in the hearts and minds of student athletes and partners here in Alberta.
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