Considering the Practicalities and Possibilities of Intersectoral Collaborations


University of Calgary
William Bridel

Co-Authors: William Bridel and Simon Barrick (both Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary), and Joan Bard Miller (Skate Canada)

Full title: Considering the Practicalities and Possibilities of Intersectoral Collaborations:
Reflections on an academic/practitioner research project

Summary: A partnership between Skate Canada, Hockey Canada, and an academic team from the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, has undertaken a project that seeks to better understand the potential role of ice sports in integration into Canadian society. The first phase of the multi-year project involved a qualitative analysis of existing “intro to sport” programs solely or primarily servicing newcomers to Canada.

Based on thematic analysis of the interview materials and framed by two aims that are deeply entrenched in A Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015: Pathways to Wellbeing (gaining better understanding of inclusive and accessible recreation programming for immigrant populations and insights on intersectoral collaboration), this presentation discusses three interconnected results: (1) the importance of multi-level partnerships in the creation of accessible programming; (2) the challenges of sustaining specialized sport programs in terms of human and financial resources; and, (3) ways to address in meaningful ways the known barriers to sport participation. These results will be put into conversation with some of the reflections on the collaborative aspect of this intersectoral partnership to this point in the project and moving forward.

Student Abstract presented at the 2016 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Energize Workshop

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