Hosted in partnership with You Can Play, the P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Respect and Inclusion through Diversity Education) in Sport Forum is dedicated to helping coaches, parents, athletes and volunteers understand how to create inclusive spaces for individuals that identify with the LGBTQI2S community.
Join us as we learn from leaders in inclusive sport and recreation and discuss how we can make sport more inclusive for everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
KEYNOTE: CHRIS MOSIER
Chris Mosier is a hall of fame triathlete, All-American duathlete, and four-time member of Team USA who has been called "the man who changed the Olympics" by the BBC and New York Magazine. In 2015, he became the first transgender man to make a men's US National Team, and was the catalyst for change in the International Olympic Committee guidelines for the participation of transgender athletes. Chris believes visibility is a powerful tool for social change, and passionately advocates for the inclusion of LGBTQ people in sport in his role as Vice President of Program Development and Community Relations for You Can Play. He also the founder of TransAthlete.com, a resource for transgender inclusion in sport at various levels of play. Follow his training and work on social media at @TheChrisMosier.
PANELIST: ROSIE COSSAR
As team captain, Cossar led Canada to their first ever Olympic berth in Rhythmic Gymnastics. After her subsequent retirement from the sport, Cossar has been very active in her support for the LGBTQI2S community and now dedicates her time to spreading the message of inclusion. As a renowned public speaker, Rosie has been invited to speak at several high-profile events both nationally and internationally, including at the International Olympic Committee’s 2016 Young Participant Session, in Ancient Olympia, Greece. Cossar now runs the Canadian Olympic Committees Sport Inclusion program – #OneTeam. In this role, Rosie manages more than 50 Team Canada athletes who are ambassadors for creating more inclusive spaces in sport. Rosie is also responsible for seeking out international opportunities to build bridges in sport inclusion, specifically in what concerns the barriers faced by LGBTQI2S athletes.
PANELIST: DONNIE ROSA
As the Director of Recreation for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Donnie lives what she believes. A former professional athlete, Donnie played and coached in the National Women's Hockey League, leading the Brampton Thunder to two consecutive championships, coaching 9 Olympians and numerous future Olympians. Aside from a formidable career as athlete and coach, Donnie has been on numerous community boards, and is an advocate for youth, seniors, LGBTQ2S, marginalized member of the community and people with special needs. Donnie brings passion and experience to her job and everything she does, and takes great pride in the work that the Parks Board had done to make everyone feel welcome, safe and included.
PANELIST: JENNIFER WOLOWIC
Jennifer completed her PhD degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia, and is the now Managing Director of the school’s Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre. Jennifer spends time representing the Centre and the Centre’s research across multiple networks, and will speak explicitly to a study that found a significant decline in lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) teens' participation in sports in British Columbia. In her own research, Jennifer explores connections between traditions, digital technology and social media use among marginalized urban First Nations youth in Northern British Columbia, and supports youth in sharing their voice.