Women in Coaching

Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprentice Program 

The public expression of interest form is now open for the 2025 Canada Games Women in Coaching Apprentice Program.  

The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between the Team Nova Scotia, the Canada Games Council (CGC), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). This program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send two female coaches to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles, for a total of 26 apprentice coach opportunities across the country. The purpose of the Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is to provide women coaches with the experience of attending a major national multi-sport games and the opportunity to acquire further coach education in the coaches chosen sport. Many of the graduates from this program have gone on to coach Provincial, University and Canada Games teams following the program.

The sports involved in the 2025 Canada Summer Games are listed here

Selected coaches have direct involvement in preparation and competition and receive support from an identified mentor coach throughout the duration of the program. They will also become part of a national community of practice that includes the other participants from across the country and attend Sport Leadership in November 2024for an in person professional development session and the national conference. All costs associated with participation in this program will be looked after by the Province of NS as part of our investment into promoting women in coaching..

Interested coaches can complete the Expression of Interest formSelection of the coaches from NS will take place in January, 2024.

The Public Interest form opened on October 18, 2023 and closes on December 11th 2023.

Please contact Mike Hudson for more information [email protected] 


Canadian Women & Sport/Powering Better Sport Through gender equity

In Nova Scotia we are committed to increasing the number of female coaches and leaders in the sport and recreation sector at all levels. To that end, we can offer free modules developed by the Canadian Women & Sport 

Canadian Women & Sport consists of a series of six professional development sessions that blend theory with practical applications, and provide an opportunity for women working or volunteering in the sport or physical activity sector to share experiences, reflect on ideas and apply specific techniques. These workshops are highly relevant for today’s young professionals and experienced leaders. The sessions also allow for networking opportunities among participants.

Canadian Women & Sport are also eligible for NCCP PD Points

Effective Communication

In the workplace, effective communication is the foundation for better job performance and relationship building. After this workshop participants will be more strategic and efficient in their communication.

  • Consider the importance of your personal brand
  • Learn about four distinct communication styles, and identify your preferred style
  • Discuss electronic communication and social media etiquette, and how to avoid common pitfalls

Conflict Resolution

Conflict, in its many forms, is an inevitable part of our personal and professional lives. This workshop will ensure participants can understand and resolve conflict professionally.

  • Consider sources of conflict and the cost of leaving conflict unresolved
  • Consider five styles for dealing with conflict, identify your preferred style, and discuss situations when each style should be employed
  • Review tips for effective conflict management

Influencing Change

Whether influencing change in your organization, across the sport and physical activity system, or more broadly in society, this workshop will provide participants with theory and practical tools for success.

  • Identify elements of effective change movements
  • Review tips for being heard and improving your listening skills
  • Discuss approaches on how to influence others

Creating Work-Life Balance

For many women, balancing the demands of work, family, friends, and personal time is a challenge. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore a variety of strategies to add more balance to their lives.

  • Examine your priorities and what “balance” means to you
  • Explore key dimensions that can help or hinder life balance
  • Learn strategies and collect tips to help you experience balance

Effective Networking

Strong networking skills can be a valuable tool, both personally and professionally. From building organizational partnerships to knowing about upcoming events, building your network is a long-term investment with great payoffs.

  • Explore the value of networking
  • Discuss in-person and online networks
  • Identify strategies to build and maintain your network

Leading with Confidence

This workshop is designed to uplift the skills of the next generation of Canadian sport leaders – university and college aged young women involved in sport and physical activity (e.g. varsity athletes, kinesiology or sport management students).

During this interactive two-hour workshop, participants will explore the experiences of female leaders, reflect on the value of sport and physical activity in their leadership journey, and consider how they can further develop their skills to be strong leaders now and in the future.

  • Examine the equity gap in Canada’s sport leadership
  • Focus on confidence as an essential leadership skill
  • Discuss how to communicate with confidence

For more information about the Program, contact, Mike Hudson [email protected]

To host a free workshop in your community please contact;                    

Janessa Macpherson
[email protected]

South Shore
Nicole Kenney
[email protected]

Anna Sherwood
[email protected]

Cape Breton  
David Ogbuah
[email protected]

Gina MacInnis
[email protected]

Courtney Nichol
[email protected]

Or contact Nancy Zanni   [email protected]