Keynote speaker Dr. Dean Kriellaars
Keynote speaker Dr. Dean Kriellaars

PISE is excited to present the Victoria Physical Literacy Symposium on October 23, 2015 at Royal Oak Middle School, 4564 W. Saanich Road, Victoria. The one-day event runs from 9 am – 4 pm and features renowned physical literacy specialist Dr. Dean Kriellaars as its keynote speaker. It will also include sessions on adapting programming for children of different abilities. The symposium is open to teachers, coaches, recreation leaders and parents working in education, recreation and the health sector who are interested in implementing physical literacy activities into their programs.

Dr. Kriellaars keynote session will address how participants can incorporate physical literacy enriched activities into a variety of indoor or outdoor settings. Physical literacy will be discussed as a means to enhance performance, increase active participation, as well as to reduce risk of injury. Dr. Kriellaars will demonstrate that physical activity is a lot more fun when you are physically literate!

As a faculty member of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Kriellaars has an impressive resume working with many organizations such as Canadian Sport for Life, PHE Canada, the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba, Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, Cirque du Soleil, the National Circus School, and the RCMP on community wellness initiatives.

“PISE is proud to present the first Physical Literacy Symposium in Victoria, bringing together leaders from the key sectors to learn more about implementing physical literacy programming into practice,” says Robert Bettauer, CEO of PISE. “We believe this growing collaboration between health, education, recreation and sport, and the levering of our collective resources will provide a fundamental difference to the quality of life in our communities.”

The symposium will also feature sessions on Adapting for Children with Different Abilities, where PISE will share the steps it has taken to address the need for physical literacy programs for children and youth with physical and cognitive disabilities. Programming for Children with Autism will describe what autism looks like in a recreation setting, and then will discuss “I CAN Have Physical Literacy,” a pilot partner program with PISE and the Canucks Autism Network.

The cost to attend the symposium is $15. For more information and to register go to: