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Notable Moments of 2022

Just like that, it’s the end of 2022! I’ve been looking forward to writing this post so that I could reflect on this year’s highlights. Without further ado, let’s look at some of the notable moments of 2022.

Supporting a Sport Management Student

From January to May, Spark Solutions had its first full time intern in Tom Waldron. Tom was completing his last year of studies with the University of Regina Sport and Recreation Management program. Tom conducted research, prepared presentations, as well as a collection of other things. He also helped develop a new offering that has been in development this year and will be released in 2023. It was great to have him on board and see him develop new skills and knowledge that will make him successful after graduation.

Working with Canadian Women & Sport

Beginning in January, I had the opportunity to work with Canadian Women & Sport as a program consultant for their Gender Equity Playbook. The Playbook is made up of three elements that build on each other, helping sport leaders and organizations do deep gender equity work. It includes the Gender Equity LENS e-learning module, the assessment, and the action planning. It was a pleasure to work with 5 national sport organizations to further gender equity within their organizations. I’m pleased to be one of the program consultants again in 2023.

Participating in the Propel Program

I’ve participated in the Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK)’s Propel program since the spring of this year. Propel is a one-year training program developed as part of the Government of Saskatchewan’s Scale Up for Entrepreneurs Initiative. This training, designed specifically to help Saskatchewan women entrepreneurs in crisis proofing their business, provides opportunities to obtain training certifications and have access to coaching and mentorship. I’ve learned a lot from my cohort of women entrepreneurs and been able to build a strategic growth plan from the knowledge I’ve been exposed to. This growth plan is already in motion and will be working in full force in the new year.

My First BC-Based Client

In October, I was pleased to travel to Vancouver to work in-person with my first client in BC. I worked with SportAbility, a sport organization that provides physical activity programs for individuals with a disability across BC. We spent one day developing their new strategic plan, but because my schedule allowed, I was able to fly out a few days earlier to visit one of my high school friends who lives on Vancouver Island. It was a great trip all around, and SportAbility has now finished their strategic plan and has a new direction set for the next three years. It was exciting to work with a new organization who serves sports that I haven’t worked with before, in a province I haven’t worked in before.

Thank You to My Clients

Thank you to the organizations who invested their trust in Spark Solutions in 2022: BC Soccer, FC Regina, Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture & Recreation, QC United, Regina Soccer Referees Association, Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals, Saskatchewan Soccer, Saskatchewan Cheerleading Association, Saskatoon Goldfins Swim Club, Special Olympics Saskatchewan, SportAbility BC, Town of Hepburn, Women in Curling Summit, and Yorkton United FC. I’m confident that we’ve moved toward your goals in an engaging and meaningful way. It’s a pleasure to see where your organizations go once we complete our projects together.

A Third Successful Year of Spark Solutions

It’s been great to look back at the notable moments of 2022. This December has been a quiet month of reflection and planning for 2023. I’m looking forward to putting new things in motion next year! Before I get there, I’ll be taking the holidays to enjoy time with my family, friends, partner, and of course, Purrcy. I’m wishing you and yours a restorative and enjoyable holiday season.

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