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Participant’s Code of Conduct -

While at a Motivate Canada event, you will learn and practice new skills, share experiences, and work hard. The staff and volunteers’ first priority is that all participants enjoy their experience. They will work diligently to ensure that the environment is comfortable, positive, and welcoming, and teach participants new skills through many fashions.

Participants too are responsible for helping to ensure that they and their peers learn, improve, and have fun. It’s expected that respect to other participants, openness to different ideas, as well as teamwork be shown make the most of one's time at an event. It’s also expected that each participant read and abide by the following code of conduct during their time at a Motivate Canada event:

As an delegate, I will:

- Show respect for myself, for others in my group, and for staff and volunteer members.

- Be supportive and open to others at the event.

- Demonstrate a good attitude and sportsmanship during activities.

- Pay attention to staff, volunteer, and other participants during workshops, and learn from them.

- Work hard to improve skills.

- Be accountable for one’s actions and accept the consequences, positive or negative, that may result from them.

- Do my best to have fun! Staff and Volunteer’s Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards

All Motivate Canada staff and volunteers will be expected to follow the following Code of Conduct during the event will:

- To actively participate in all aspects of the event programming.

- To give active and loyal support to Motivate Canada and its philosophies and objectives and abide by all event regulations and policies.

- To meet all job requirements to the best of my ability.

- To abstain from the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs while at an event or while carrying out duties.

- To abstain from the possession or use of tobacco products while on event premises, or while carrying out duties. This expectation has been established to reflect the health and safety objective of Motivate Canada in response to the proven health risks of first and second hand tobacco smoke and other use of tobacco products and the increased risk of fire.

- To act in a supportive and professional manner when working with staff members and volunteers, visitors, and participants, when performing duties representing the event, program or organization.

- Place the emotional and physical well-being of event participants ahead of personal desires.

- Conduct oneself in a respectful and courteous manner at all times, and in all aspects of the event delivery.

- Treat each participant as an individual, remembering the wide range of emotional and physical development, and ability that may exist amongst participants.

- Do everything one can to provide a safe, positive, and welcoming environment for all participants.

- Always do the best to organize workshops and games that are fun, inclusive and, challenging for all participants, regardless of skill level, age, or gender.

- Maintain confidentiality and refrain from using foul or abusive language.

- Lead by example in demonstrating fair play, sportsmanship, teamwork and respect to all participants.

- Be knowledgeable of the content, skills, and rules of the workshop or activity I am leading and will teach these skills or rules to all participants.

- Encourage skill development and friendly discussion and, above all else, fun! Staff and Volunteer Selection Required Certifications

- All staff and volunteers must hold a valid Standard First Aid, CPR-C, and AED Certification prior to any involvement with youth in the program.

- The cost of a Police Background Check Application is the sole responsibility of the staff or volunteer.

- A photocopy of document may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the organization. Upon arrival to the event, the original copy must be shown to Motivate Canada staff.

- All staff and volunteers must complete and pass the “Making Head Way in Sports” online course from the Coaching Association of Canada before the event dates.

- The course is available at no cost on the organization’s website.

- Proof of the course completion must be submitted to Motivate Canada upon arrival to the event. Required Languages Spoken

- Staff and volunteers are required to speak either or both of Canada’s official languages of English and French. Background Check

- All staff and volunteers must provide the organization a clean Police Background Check for the Vulnerable Sector (persons or individuals in a position of dependence on others or are otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them) that is valid within 12 months.

- Motivate Canada will provide a letter highlighting your volunteer position on official letterhead to be provided to local authorities along with your Background Check Application.

- The cost of a Police Background Check Application is the sole responsibility of the staff or volunteer.

- No staff or volunteer shall begin involvement with the program until Motivate Canada has received the clean Police Background Check.

- A photocopy of document may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the organization. Upon arrival to the event, the original copy must be shown to Motivate Canada staff.

- Any staff or volunteer must report any criminal arrest, citation, or conviction immediately upon such arrest or conviction. Motivate Canada will review the person in question’s involvement and suitability to continue to serve or work with youth in the program. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action or discontinuance of services.

Equality - Staff and volunteers will be selected by Motivate Canada staff in compliance to the Government of Canada’s Employment Equity Act and without discrimination of race, creed, colour, national origin, ethnic origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, gender, social or economic circumstance, sexual orientation, place of origin, marital status, family status, physical characteristic or disability.

Conflicts of Interest - While Motivate Canada has no wish to interfere in any employee’s outside activities, Motivate Canada has a policy prohibiting conflicts of interest. 
- The policy requires staff and volunteers not work for, or conduct any outside business with a competitor. Employees may not be engaged in any manner by a competitor of Motivate Canada. - In order to determine whether a staff or volunteer’s investments or activities create a conflict, each person is required to share their list outside interests which relate to our fields of interest. Motivate Canada will determine if such activities or investments are not consistent with Motivate Canada policies. Any activities or investments which are determined not to conflict with Motivate Canada’s policies will be verified by Motivate Canada in writing.

Crisis and Risk Management Introduction - It is important to have emergency and risk management procedures clearly understood and rehearsed. Participants, staff and volunteers must be committed to working cooperatively to ensure that the procedures are carried out properly for the well being of everyone at the event. 
- The procedures are established to use the staff and volunteers to aid in the safety of participants and securing of the facilities until further emergency aid reaches the event or incident site. Accident or Incident Reporting - Incident reports should be filled out and submitted to Motivate Canada staff on any occasion of physical or emotional harm. Injuries to participants, staff or volunteers, incidents, physical fights or instances when participants experience emotional trauma from any activity must be documented, regardless of severity. A follow-up must occur within 3 days of the occurrence.

Emergency Procedures: Injuries

A. Major Injury (ex. broken limb, unconsciousness)

1. Provide necessary first aid.

2. Call ambulance - 911.

3. Notify parents or guardians and Motivate Canada staff.

4. All other staff and volunteers continue event programming with other participants away from injured individual.

5. Staff or volunteer who performs first aid to accompany the participant to hospital.

6. All staff and volunteers involved to complete detailed accident report as soon as possible.

B. Medium Injury (ex. heat stroke)

1. Provide necessary first aid.

2. Call ambulance - 911.

3. Notify parents or guardians and Motivate Canada staff.

4. All other staff and volunteers continue event programming with other participants away from injured individual.

5. All staff and volunteers involved to complete detailed accident report as soon as possible.

C. Minor Injury (ex. cuts, scrapes)

1. Provide necessary first aid.

2. Call parents or guardians if deemed necessary. Parents or guardians may be informed by email.

3. All staff and volunteers involved to complete detailed accident report as soon as possible.

Emergency Procedures: In Case of Fire

1. Get participants to safety. If the smoke alarm goes off at the accommodations or event site at night: 
- Remain calm. 
- Wake all participants, staff and volunteers. 
- Have all participants, staff and volunteers use the safest possible exit (door, staircase or window). 
- Assemble participants, staff and volunteers a safe distance from the site. 
- Conduct a head count.

2. Send someone to notify a Motivate Canada staff member. One of them will notify the fire department.

3. Attempt to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher (only if it is safe to do so).

4. Head the designated safe area, quickly with all of the participants, staff and volunteers.

5. Line up in groups at the designated safe area for a head count. - Note, all buildings on event sites should equipped with fire extinguishers and smoke detectors.

Emergency Procedures: In Case of a Missing Person

1. Should a participant, staff or volunteer go missing, notify one of the Motivate Canada staff.

2. Available staff members and volunteers will complete an initial check of the area in which the person was last seen.

3. Should the person not be found, all participants, staff and volunteers will proceed quickly and safely to an area to line up in groups for a head count.

4. All available staff members and volunteers will proceed to receive instructions from one of the Motivate Canada staff member regarding the missing person (ex. where the person was last seen, what the person was wearing, etc.).

5. Staff members and volunteers will then proceed immediately begin to search in designated areas.

6. After completion of the area search, staff members and volunteers will report, via telephone to the Motivate Canada staff members. Should the missing person not be found, search teams will be asked to do a second sweep of the areas.

7. As second sweeps have been completed (and if the missing person has not yet been found), search teams who are finished will return to the Motivate Canada staff member to receive further instructions.

8. Should the missing person not be found upon the completion of all search areas (twice), emergency help will be called in (ex. fire department, police, etc.).

Emergency Contacts

- All participants, staff members and volunteers will be given a lanyard name with key emergency contact information on the reverse side which includes the lead Motivate Canada staff member and local authority and emergency services. 
- Motivate Canada staff and volunteers will have the emergency contact information for each participant, staff and volunteer in their event binders, should an issue arise.

Medication Administration

- Staff and volunteers may not legally administer medication at any point throughout the event.

- Staff and volunteers may remind and observe participant taking medication.

- Allergies and medical issues will be self-reported in the application process. Staff and volunteers will have necessary medical information in their event binders should an issue arise.

- The participant, staff or volunteer is solely responsible for carrying medication, EpiPen or inhaler with him or her at all times. 
- Note, in the event of an emergency, a staff member or volunteer will administer the EpiPen.

Medical Kit - A first aid kit will be present at all event locations and the accommodation site.

- The kit will be checked regularly in advanced of the event for cleanliness and any necessary refills supplies required.

- It is only to be used by staff and volunteers that have First Air, CPR and AED certifications.

Privacy - Respect for the personal rights, property and privacy of others at the event is expected.

- Participants, staff and volunteers are not to enter the accommodations or personal space of other people unless invited.

- Males and females are not to enter into each others’ private accommodation on any circumstance.

Site Inspection

- Staff and volunteers will inspect the site and equipment prior to the use or delivery of the event or any activities.

- Staff and volunteers must inform the lead Motivate Canada staff member of any equipment or safety concerns immediately.

Site Cleanup

- Participants, staff and volunteers are expected to maintain the accommodations and event site neatness and cleanliness on a daily basis.

Theft or Lost Items

- At any event, certain individuals will take the liberty of borrowing or taking other participant’s property. Even though this involves very few individuals, it can be the cause for great disappointment to those whose belongings are stolen or lost. For everyone’s protection, the lead Motivate Canada staff can be given valuable items such as money, passports, or expensive cameras for safe keeping. Participants, staff and volunteers are discouraged from bringing any valuables which are not essential. 
- Motivate Canada does not assume responsibility for the safety of such valuables. 
- Certain measures can be taken by everyone in order to avoid theft or loss. Items should be clearly marked with the owner’s name. 
- When one becomes aware of an incident of theft relating to participants, staff or volunteers, he or she should report it to Motivate Canada staff so that the matter may be dealt with appropriately and promptly. 
- Lost items which are found can be picked up from Motivate Canada staff. If turned in items are clearly marked with a participant’s name Motivate Canada will try to contact the owner. Any items that have been left for more than 2 weeks will be donated to charity.


- All event-related activities will operate despite the weather.

- Participants, staff and volunteers should bring weather appropriate clothing, footwear and gear to the event.

- The activity location may be modified due to weather and safety implications by Motivate Canada staff and the volunteers.


- Due to the nature of Motivate Canada events, physical activity may be involved and the possibility of a concussion is real. The event’s policies and risk management protocol attempts to minimize this risk. 
- A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on routine x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. It affects the way a person may think and remember things, and can cause a variety of symptoms. 
- A concussion can be cause by any blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body which causes a sudden jarring of the head (ex. a ball to the head). It does not have to cause loss of consciousness. 
- Signs and symptoms of concussions include thinking problems (Does not know time, date, location, city, general confusion, or cannot remember things that happened before and after the injury), general health complaints (headache, dizziness, feels dazed, feels “dinged” or stunned, sees stars or flashing lights, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, loss of vision, sees double or blurry, stomachache, stomach, pain, or nausea) or other problems (poor coordination or balance, blank stare or glassy eyed, vomiting, slurred speech, slow to answer questions or follow directions, easily distracted, poor concentration, or strange or inappropriate emotions).

Prevention - All staff and volunteers will have completed and passed the “Making Head Way in Sports” online course from the Coaching Association of Canada before the event dates, which ensures they have awareness and knowledge of the symptoms and treatment pathway of concussions. 
- Set instructions and rules will be set out and followed for sport and recreation activities to ensure safety and minimize potential risk for all participants. 
- Motivate Canada staff members and volunteers will do their due diligence to ensure those participating at an event activity wear certified protective equipment (ex. helmet) and that the environment is free of any possible hazards. 
- Staff and volunteers will ensure that protective equipment, specifically helmets, fit correctly, as they are very important for lowering the severity of head injuries.

Management - If during an activity, workshop or event, a participant, staff or volunteer sustains a direct or indirect force to the head and subsequently exhibits signs, symptoms or functional changes consistent with a concussion, they should be immediately removed from the situation and receive immediate medical assessment. Staff members and volunteer are never to make a determination on their own. 
- Following removal from the situation, any person suspected to have sustained a concussion is to be assessed by a medical doctor or emergency physician to determine the extent of the injury and to rule out further pathology. 
- Individuals diagnosed with a concussion should rest until they are symptom-free and should then begin a step-wise symptom-limited program with stages of progression, only after they are without symptoms for a 24-hour period. 
- As recommended by Think First Canada, there is a 6 step process to evaluate readiness before a someone who suffered concussion symptoms can return to physical activity. The steps are as follows:
1. Step 1: No Activity, Only Complete Rest - Limit school, work and tasks requiring concentration. Refrain from physical activity until symptoms are gone. Once symptoms are gone, a physician, preferably one with experience managing concussions, should be consulted before beginning a step wise return to play process. 
2. Step 2: Light Aerobic Exercise - Activities such as walking or stationary cycling. The person should be supervised by someone who can help monitor for symptoms and signs. No resistance training or weight lifting. The duration and intensity of the aerobic exercise can be gradually increased over time if no symptoms or signs return during the exercise or the next day. Symptoms? Return to rest until symptoms have resolved. If symptoms persist, consult a physician. No symptoms? Proceed to Step 3 the next day. 
3. Step 3: Sport Specific Activities - Activities such as skating or throwing can begin at step 3. There should be no body contact or other jarring motions such as high speed stops or hitting a baseball with a bat. Symptoms? Return to rest until symptoms have resolved. If symptoms persist, consult a physician. No symptoms? Proceed to Step 4 the next day. 
4. Step 4: Begin Drills Without Body Contact. Symptoms? Return to rest until symptoms have resolved. If symptoms persist, consult a physician. No symptoms? The time needed to progress from non-contact exercise will vary with the severity of the concussion and with the person. Proceed to Step 5 only after medical clearance. 
5. Step 5: Begin Drills With Body Contact. Symptoms? Return to rest until symptoms have resolved. If symptoms persist, consult a physician. No symptoms? Proceed to Step 6 the next day. 
6. Step 6: Complete Return To Play. - Note, these steps do not correspond to days. It may take many days to progress through one step, especially if the concussion is severe. As soon as symptoms appear, the person should return to rest until symptoms have resolved and wait at least one more day before attempting any activity. The only way to heal a brain is to rest it. 
- Sometimes these steps can cause symptoms of a concussion to return. This means that the brain has not yet healed, and needs more rest. If any signs or symptoms return during the Return To Play process, they should stop the activity and rest until symptoms have resolved. The person must be re-evaluated by a physician before trying any activity again. Remember, symptoms may return later that day or the next, not necessarily during the activity.

Policies and Procedures Attendance 
- Staff and volunteers will be assigned a group of participants for which they are directly responsible for during the event at a ratio of 10:1 for on-site events and 8:1 for off-site and overnight events. 
- Each morning, evening, and off-site event, the staff and volunteer will do an attendance check to ensure all participants are with the group. 
- Attendance and participation at all workshops and in all activities is expected by all participants at the event. 
- Should an extenuating circumstance hinder this (ex. disability, injury, sensitive topic), a Motivate Canada staff or volunteer should be notified during the application process, or before or during the event.


- All participants, staff and volunteers will be provided accommodations for the duration of the event, organized by Motivate Canada staff at a reasonable location to the event activities. 
- Rooms will be generally shared with a participant of the same gender, each having their own bed. Volunteers and staff may not share a room with a participant under any circumstance. 
- Should an extenuating circumstance require an individual room, a Motivate Canada staff should be notified during the application process. 
- Accommodations will attempted to be booked with participants, staff and volunteers staying on the same floor of the building.

Curfew - A nightly curfew of 11:00 PM will be enforced to ensure everyone gets adequate rest each night. The typical event day is one of challenge and hard work. 
- The nightly curfew may be adjusted by a Motivate Canada staff or the most senior volunteer but requires participants to remain in their rooms as of the set time. 
- One male and one female nightly supervisor with First Aid, CPR and AED certification will be selected to enforce this each evening.

Local or Off-Site Accommodations - As aforementioned, all participants, staff and volunteers will have accommodations organized for the duration of the event; Motivate Canada requires all those involved in the event to sleep on-site in the arranged accommodations - even those who live locally due to liability issues. 
- Should an extenuating circumstance require otherwise, a Motivate Canada staff should be notified during the application process and a meeting will take place to discuss the matter and a decision.

Child Abuse 
- Child abuse is any form of physical harm, emotional deprivation, sexual mistreatment or neglect which can result in injury or psychological damage to a child. It can be active (such as hitting) or passive (such as withdrawal of affection or failure to provide reasonable protection from physical harm). In other words, when children are made to suffer pain, either emotional or physical, they are being abused. 
- Note, a child, according to Ontario law, is someone under sixteen years of age or someone up to eighteen years of age, who is under the care of the Children’s Aid society. 
- There are four major types of child abuse: 
1. Physical Abuse: all actions that result in non-accidental physical injury including bruises, cuts, burns, fractures and internal injuries. 
2. Sexual Abuse: any sexual acts involving a child and a parent or other person responsible for the child. That can range from the parent or person responsible exposing a child to sexual acts like prostitution, to actual molesting; it includes exposure, fondling or masturbation, intercourse and invitations to touch. 
3. Child Neglect: “acts of omission” on the part of the parent or another person responsible for the youth. Examples would be failing to provide the youth’s basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, health, hygiene and safety; failing to provide supervision; failing to prevent injury (where possible); or failing to provide adequate medical attention. Emotional neglect refers to failing to provide enough psychological nurturing necessary for a child’s growth and development. 
4. Emotional maltreatment: The most difficult form of child abuse to define and identify, emotional maltreatment includes overt rejection, unnecessary criticism, or excessive demands of performance for a child’s age and ability. One definition describes it as “the wilful destruction or significant impairment of a child’s competence. This usually takes place over a period of time.

- If child abuse is suspected, the following steps should be followed: 
- Stay calm. - Listen to the youth if they are disclosing information. 
- Give the youth your full attention and nod in an understanding way as you attentively listen. 
- Do not ask the youth any questions that are probing. 
- Let the youth know that you believe him or her. 
- Reassure the youth. Let them know you are proud that they told you and that they are brave. Let them know you are a safe person and you are here to help.
- Tell the youth you are sorry that it happened and let the youth know it is not his or her fault. 
- Tell the youth that no other participants and no other staff members (other than the lead Motivate Canada staff member) will be told this information. 
- Document the information heard, once the discussion has finished. 
- Duty to report child abuse: 
- As staff members and volunteer working with youth, it is the duty of every person to report all disclosures of Child Abuse to a Children's Aid Society (CAS). The person to whom the youth discloses must contact CAS. Please know that one does not have to be alone in this process. The well-being of the person is extremely important and they will be supported before, during and after any call to CAS. 
- Please note, the child must be under 16 years old in order to involve CAS. However, if the child is already “in the system”, they can be helped until they are 18. Also, CAS workers may not know the whole story. When a child involved with CAS discloses, the person reported to must call CAS to ensure nothing is “left unsaid”. 
- The following is information to have prior to contacting CAS: 
- The person’s reporting name and location (they may remain anonymous). 
- State the relationship to the youth and their family.
- Indicate what was heard from the youth or what was observed. 
- Any facts such as dates, descriptions of the youth and identifying information about the family.
- Share knowledge of other agency or community involvement (if known). 
- Provide any relevant background information from event forms. 
- Do not inform the parent or alleged offender about the report.


- Feedback or complaints about the event, staff or volunteers are welcomed by Motivate Canada. Should a participant, staff member or volunteer have a complaint, it should be handled in the following manner: 
1. One can speak with Motivate Canada staff or a volunteer directly, or anonymously leave a written note providing details of the complaint. 
2. Motivate Canada staff and the designated senior volunteers should discuss and address the complaint appropriately or pass the information along to the appropriate person. 
3. Should it be suitable, implement the solution and share it with whom filed the complaint. 
4. All complaints received will be documented by a Motivate Canada staff. 
- Participants, staff and volunteers will have the opportunity to file a complaint during the post-event evaluation process. Discipline Policy Participant 
- Participants will be made aware of the rules and guidelines for behaviour and the consequences for disobeying them during the application process, on the event website, as well as on-site. 
- The following outlines a list of consequences which staff and volunteers are permitted to use when dealing with a participant displaying inappropriate behaviour. Staff and volunteers need to use their own discretion and common sense when disciplining a participant. The discipline measure must be fair and correspond with the severity of the misbehaviour:
1. First Incident - Verbal Warning: Staff member or volunteer will explain to the participant what has been done wrong and the appropriate behaviour which is expected. 
2. Second Incident - Meeting with Lead Motivate Canada Staff: Participant will meet with the senior-most Motivate Canada staff member to discuss incident, what was done wrong, and what appropriate behaviour is expected. A final warning will be given and the participant will be made aware of the consequences of a third incident. 
3. Third Incident - Removal of Participant From Event: Further problems will result in a final meeting with the senior-most Motivate Canada staff, at which time a decision will be made as to the participant’s involvement with the event. Should their involvement be discontinued, immediate travel arrangements will be made at the organization’s expense. 
- Staff and volunteers will keep a written log of discipline incidents. 
- The lead Motivate Canada staff member must be notified of any incidents which occur. Staff and Volunteer 
- Should actions by a staff member or volunteer require discipline through the violation any of the aforementioned policies or procedures, the following procedure will be followed: 
1. Stage One: A meeting between a Motivate Canada staff member and the violator will take place where the violation will be discussed and a verbal warning will be issued. The meeting will be documented by the staff member and signed by those in attendance. Any identified problems are to be corrected immediately. 
2. Stage Two: If any further problems re-occur, the Motivate Canada staff member will issue a final warning at an another meeting, also signed by all involved. A last opportunity to correct the issue will be allowed. 
3. Stage Three: Further problems will result in a final meeting with the senior-most Motivate Canada staff, at which time a decision will be made as to the staff member or volunteer’s involvement with the event. Should their involvement be discontinued, immediate travel arrangements will be made at the staff member or volunteer’s expense. 
- This process deals with problems of laziness, lateness, or not performing up to desired event work standards. Gross misconduct will result in immediate dismissal.

Dress - Participants, staff and volunteers are to use common sense and discretion when dressing for the program. 1 program shirt will be provided to each participants, staff and volunteer and should be worn during off-site trips. 
- Situation specific apparel is encouraged (ex. Fitness Night, Closing Ceremonies).

Event Evaluation - Participants, staff and volunteers will be asked for their verbal and written feedback about the event before, during and following the event. Evaluation, feedback and suggestions are extremely important for Motivate Canada when making program improvements and changes. 
- Formal surveys will be administered upon arrival and near the completion at the event.
- An open call for feedback will made electronically following the completion of the event.

Friends - Participants, staff, and volunteers may not have friends visit during the event, no matter the circumstance. 
- Exceptions are up to the discretion of Motivate Canada staff or the designated senior volunteer. Harassment and Sexual Abuse 
- Harassment is a form of discrimination. Any unwanted physical or verbal behaviour that offends or humiliates a participant, staff member or volunteer can be considered harassment. It can be done through acts such as: hazing, physical assault, sexual offense, unwanted physical contact, or un-welcomed jokes or teasing about a person’s image, age, race, religious views, sex, or sexual orientation. 
- Should harassment occur, if it is safe to do so let the person who is harassing know that their behaviour won’t be tolerated. Immediately and clearly communicate that you want them to stop. 
- If the harassment continues inform a Motivate Canada staff, a volunteer or an adult whom is trusted of the incident(s) so the situation can be dealt with in an appropriate manner. 
- All allegations of harassment and sexual abuse or harassment will be taken seriously. Every allegation will be received, investigated and acted upon. 
- The accused person is always presumed innocent until proven guilty. No adverse finding will be made against an accused until a full investigation is completed and it has been determined that the complaint has been substantiated on a balance of probabilities. 
- However, it must be clearly understood that the story of the victim of sexual harassment will be believed. That means that Motivate Canada staff and volunteers must assume that sexual harassment did occur, even if it was unintentional. 
- A person who is alleging to have been sexually harassed shall be informed of the right to seek assistance of, and take their complaint to, the Ontario Human Rights Commission. 
- The protection of youth is a priority. In accordance with Ontario law, any allegation of sexual abuse of a child will be reported to the child protection agency immediately.
- The following is the procedure set out for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse/harassment: 
- When a participant, staff member or volunteer feels harassed or sexually abused, that person is encouraged to bring the situation to the attention of the lead Motivate Canada staff member. Once the staff member knows about the situation, the following steps will take place: 
1. The person will be kept safe. The Motivate Canada staff member will talk with the person reporting the issue and gather some information. 
2. The person accused will be spoken to regarding the situation. 
3. It will be determined if the harassment/abuse is a criminal matter. All criminal matters will be dealt with by the police. No internal event or program investigation can happen while the police are deliberating. 
4. Once all police and legal investigations are completed, Motivate Canada can begin an investigation. The accuser, accused and relevant witnesses will be interviewed. 
5. The Motivate Canada staff will take appropriate actions based on the need for safety and welfare of the event.

Illness - If at any time a participant, staff or volunteer feels that they are too sick to participate in any workshop or activity at the event, they will have the option to sit out. 
- Dependent upon the severity of the illness, one will be brought to a local clinic to be evaluated. Should this occur, parents or guardians will be contacted. 
- If required due to contagiousness, the person who is ill will be placed in isolation at the accommodation site.

Meals and Snacks - Meals and snacks will be provided to participants, staff and volunteers throughout the duration of the event. 
- Motivate Canada staff will organize healthy, nutritious and diverse food choices throughout the event with consideration to allergies and different dietary needs. 
- Participants, staff and volunteers will have the opportunity to report allergies and dietary needs throughout the application process. 
- Participants, staff and volunteers have the opportunity to bring their own food and snacks to the event. It’s strongly recommended that healthy options be selected as opposed to junk food. 
- In the case the selected food choices aren’t preferred by those at the event, Motivate Canada staff or the designated senior volunteers should be notified and on-site alternatives will be organized. 
- Delegates may not leave the event or accommodation’s site to purchase food. 
- Refrigerators may not be provided at the event or accommodation’s site.

Participant, Staff and Volunteer Ratios 
- All ACTIVATE events will maintain a consistent participant to staff or volunteer ratio for safety to ensure consistency. 
- For on-site events, 1 authorized staff or volunteer will be present for every 10 participants. 
- For overnight and off-site activities, 1 authorized staff or volunteer will be present for every 8 participants.

Smoking, Drinking and Illegal Drugs - Use of illegal drugs or consumption of alcoholic beverages will result in disciplinary action and may include immediate dismissal. 
- Participants, staff and volunteers are encouraged not to smoke during events. Should they be required to, they must do so off-site 500 metres away from participants.

Staff Training and Meetings - Staff and volunteers are expected to arrive in advanced of the event to prepare and complete relative training; this is considered mandatory. Advanced notice will be given for any training or meetings planned with travel organized relative to this. 
- Staff and volunteers must contact the lead Motivate Canada staff member should absence be required. Any missed training or meetings must be made up by the staff. 
- The judgement of extenuating circumstances will be made by the lead Motivate Canada staff member. -
During the event, a morning or nightly debrief will be agreed upon and organized by the lead Motivate Canada staff to discuss daily occurrences, the forthcoming schedule and possible arising issues; attendance of staff and volunteers is considered mandatory with the exception of the nightly supervisors.

Telephone Use - Participants, staff and volunteers are encouraged to use their telephones to post and share their experiences on social media; however, inappropriate or overuse may result in disciplinary action or confiscation of the phone. 
- Discretion is asked when utilizing the phone for personal use.

Time Off - Participants, staff and volunteers are expected to be fully committed to the participation at the event for its duration; however an issue arises time off may be granted under the discretion of the lead Motivate Canada staff member. 
- The proper procedure to ask for time off is to speak to the lead Motivate Canada staff member ahead.

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ACTIVEZ est un programme national axé sur la jeunesse qui facilite leur engagement et leur leadership à travers la mise en œuvre et la prestation de programmes de sport et d’activité physique dans les communautés canadiennes. Le programme permet à des jeunes âgés de 16 à 22 ans d’acquérir des connaissances, d’être inspirés et de suivre une formation en leadership dans le cadre des Forums ACTIVEZ. L’atmosphère conviviale et positive des forums aide les jeunes à réaliser leur potentiel en leadership, à bâtir des interactions sociales positives avec un groupe de pairs, et à partager leurs expériences personnelles avec d’autres jeunes tout en prenant des décisions concernant les besoins de leur communauté. Après avoir suivi leur formation, les ACTIVATEURS feront fond sur ce qu’ils ont appris pour mettre en œuvre des projets communautaires qui amélioreront la santé et le mieux-être des jeunes de 8 à 25 ans de leur communauté; ils deviendront des leaders et des modèles de rôles.

ACTIVEZ représente des centaines de jeunes leaders qui font une différence à travers le Canada.

Les épingles sur la carte indiquent les villes où l’on peut trouver des ACTIVATEURS. ACTIVEZ est bien plus qu’un programme de leadership par le sport : c’est aussi un réseau constitué d’une centaine de jeunes leaders qui ont réalisé leur potentiel et veulent aider les autres à en faire de même.

ACTIVEZ n’est pas notre programme : c’est le vôtre. ACTIVEZ, ce n’est pas nous : c’est vous.


ACTIVEZ est un mouvement.

ACTIVEZ est axé sur le développement de la jeunesse par les jeunes – ce sont les jeunes qui influencent les autres jeunes. Nous croyons fermement que les jeunes sont les leaders d’aujourd’hui, et non seulement de demain. Nous voulons les habiliter à prendre les commandes. Nos forums organisés par les jeunes nous permettent de transmettre aux participants les aptitudes et les ressources dont ils ont besoin pour améliorer la vie des jeunes de leur communauté à travers le sport et l’activité physique. Nous fournissons l’étincelle, mais ce sont les jeunes qui propulsent le mouvement.


ACTIVEZ est une famille.

ACTIVEZ est axé sur la découverte : la découverte de soi, la découverte des autres et la découverte d’une famille que vous n’aviez jamais imaginée. Les jeunes qui participent à un Forum ACTIVEZ deviennent des ACTIVATEURS et des ACTIVATRICES, et ils font partie d’une grande famille dont les membres sont répartis à travers le pays. Ces derniers se conseilleront, se guideront et s’encourageront. Il peut être difficile de provoquer le changement. C’est pourquoi nous croyons qu’il est si important d’établir et de maintenir des rapports durables et significatifs.

Le chemin menant à la découverte est long et enrichissant, et nous le parcourrons ensemble.




Les Forums leadership ACTIVEZ permettent à de jeunes leaders avec des antécédents différents, et venant de différentes communautés, de se rencontrer pour être inspirés, formés et habilités à faire une différence dans leur communauté. Dans le cadre de divers ateliers et activités basés sur le curriculum de Développement mené par les jeunes (DMJ) de Motivate Canada, des bénévoles ayant reçu une formation spéciale enseignent aux délégués comment utiliser le sport, l’activité physique et la détermination des objectifs pour améliorer leur vie et celles des autres jeunes. Chaque Forum ACTIVEZ est différent et façonné par les bénévoles et les délégués qui y participent. Mais chaque Forum ACTIVEZ répond à vos besoins. Après avoir participé au Forum, les jeunes deviendront des ACTIVATEURS certifiés et pourront mettre en œuvre leurs projets ACTIVEZ en action dans leur communauté. Ils feront également partie d’un large réseau ACTIVEZ relié à une plateforme en ligne spécialisée, aux médias sociaux et à des groupes locaux.

Jetez un coup d’œil à la vidéo suivante, qui contient des extraits du Forum national de leadership jeunesse de Motivate Canada :

Qu’est-ce qui fait du Forum une expérience unique?

Motivate Canada organise des Forums leadership ACTIVEZ depuis plus de dix ans. Ceci nous a permis de développer et d’évaluer les principaux ateliers et activités qui améliorent les compétences en leadership et permettent aux jeunes d’acquérir la confiance en soi, l’inspiration et les ressources dont ils ont besoin pour monter un projet d’action communautaire (ACTIVEZ en Action) lorsqu’ils rentreront chez eux. Notre expertise réside dans notre capacité à créer des milieux conviviaux pour les jeunes et à former de jeunes bénévoles. Le Forum devient ainsi un environnement où les jeunes apprennent à se découvrir, à connaître les autres, à parler de leurs idées et des défis auxquels ils font face, à discuter des enjeux qui sont importants à leurs yeux et leurs solutions, et à établir des rapports significatifs et à long terme avec les autres participants. Chaque participant décrit l’expérience vécue au Forum d’une manière différente, mais tous s’accordent à dire qu’il s’agit d’un moment qui a changé leur vie. 

Cartographie de la vie et de la communauté

La cartographie de la vie et de la communauté est un exercice créatif qui permet aux délégués de faire une réflexion sur leur vie (c’est-à-dire les étapes clés, les obstacles et les expériences qui ont fait d’eux ce qu’ils sont) par une visualisation cartographique de leur cheminement. En même temps, ils créent une carte de leur communauté et de ses habitants en indiquant les forces et les ressources qui s’y trouvent. Les participants relient ensuite les cartes (ou créent une carte combinée) et à travers des discussions animées par les formateurs jeunesse, ils parviennent à mieux comprendre qui ils sont, comment leur communauté les a façonnés, et ce qu’ils peuvent faire pour améliorer leur communauté. 



L’atelier leadership initie les délégués aux concepts clés associés à un leadership efficace. Il aide les participants à comprendre les différents types de leadership et à identifier leur style. C’est en identifiant leurs forces dans différents domaines que les délégués établissent comment ils pourront s’appuyer sur leurs forces intérieures pour réaliser leur potentiel en tant que leaders et amorcer des changements positifs dans leur communauté.  



Les délégués développeront les compétences interpersonnelles nécessaires pour établir des rapports avec leurs partenaires et bien communiquer avec les autres. Ils auront également la chance de raffiner ces compétences pendant la foire de réseautage à laquelle participent divers organismes de sports et communautaires de la région ou du Canada (suivant la portée du Forum).


Activités amusantes

Les Forums ACTIVEZ offrent aussi l’occasion de s’amuser et de se faire de nouveaux amis. Les délégués participent à des activités favorisant l’esprit d’équipe pour se détendre, tisser des liens avec leurs pairs et solidifier leurs nouvelles amitiés. Nous offrons des activités comme la soirée mise en forme, une chasse au trésor et plusieurs autres activités énergisantes pendant le Forum.

Plan d`action

L’atelier traitant de l’établissement d’un plan d’action marque le point culminant de toutes les activités du Forum. Dans le cadre de cet atelier, les formateurs jeunesse enseignent aux délégués comment appliquer les compétences et les connaissances fraichement acquises à leur projet ACTIVEZ en Action. Les délégués font appel à un processus de planification rigoureux pour fixer leurs objectifs et les changements qu’ils souhaitent apporter dans leur communauté, choisir un plan et créer un calendrier pour le projet. Ils bénéficient également des suggestions et d’une rétroaction de la part des formateurs jeunesse et des autres délégués.  

Mené par les jeunes

Comme cela est le cas pour tous les programmes de Motivate Canada, chaque Forum leadership ACTIVEZ est entièrement mené par les jeunes. Ces derniers sont planifiés, organisés et animés par une équipe de formateurs jeunesse bénévoles qui ont été formés par les employés de Motivate Canada et qui utilisent le programme éducatif du DMJ pour concevoir leurs ateliers, leurs activités et les autres modules de leur Forum ACTIVEZ. On demande aux jeunes d’organiser leurs forums, car cela permet de s’assurer que ces derniers sont pertinents pour les jeunes délégués et que chaque conférence se déroule dans un environnement adapté à la jeunesse.

Comment puis-je présenter une demande pour participer au Forum leadership ACTIVEZ?

Nos formateurs jeunesse organisent différents forums pendant l’année, certains à l’échelle nationale et d’autres à l’échelle provinciale ou régionale. Pour la liste complète des prochains forums, veuillez consulter le menu déroulant Événements sur la page ACTIVEZ au

À chaque activité ACTIVEZ à venir correspond un formulaire de demande unique, disponible dans la section « Application » sur la page d’accueil du site ACTIVEZ.


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Qu’est-ce qu’ACTIVEZ en Action?

Après avoir été formés, les ACTIVATEURS rentrent dans leur communauté et mettent en œuvre leur projet ACTIVEZ en Action, qui consiste en une initiative liée au sport ou à l’activité physique. Le Forum inspire les ACTIVATEURS et leur procure les outils, les ressources, les réseaux et l’introspection dont ils ont besoin pour développer leur projet. Après le Forum, le projet est entièrement entre les mains des ACTIVATEURS : ils décident de sa nature et de son fonctionnement.

Motivate Canada et les ACTIVATEURS communiqueront tout au long de l’année. Les participants qui auront réussi à mettre leur projet en œuvre ou qui souhaitent partager les expériences apprises peuvent faire partie du comité organisateur bénévole d’un Forum ACTIVEZ.

Quel est le rôle de Motivate Canada?

Motivate Canada encadre ces projets en fournissant des outils et des conseils aux ACTIVATEURS afin de les aider à obtenir du financement, à établir un réseau de contacts dans leur communauté et au-delà, et à gérer leur plan d’action. Les ACTIVATEURS sont encadrés par une équipe de bénévoles ACTIVEZ qui les conseilleront et les guideront tout au long du processus.

De quel type de projets s’agit-il?

Depuis 2004, les ACTIVATEURS ont mis sur pied une gamme de projets dans leur communauté, comme des mini forums ACTIVEZ, des tournois de basketball en fauteuil roulant, des camps d’été pour les jeunes du Nunavut ou de Toronto, des ligues sportives, et bien plus encore.




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