Physical and Health Educators of Manitoba 

New Beginnings

Canada Games Sport for Life Centre



Registration 7:30am-9:00am

Opening 9-10am

Break 10am-10:10am

Session 1 10:10am-11am

Break 11am-11:10am

Session 2 11:10am-12pm

Lunch 12-12:40pm

Session 3 12:40pm-1:30pm

Break 1:30pm-1:40pm

Session 4 1:40pm-2:30pm

Full Day Sessions 8:30am-3:00pm

Session 1 – 10:10am-11:00am

P1- Net Games
David Inglis

Come and engage in innovative games with innovative equipment that progressively build skills and concepts of net games. Some of the activities use rebounders, small parachutes, heavy balls, and hidden targets. Come prepared to participate.

P2-Go Beyond Dodgeball FULL
David Buetti

Give your class a break from just dodgeball. Learn (and play) some easy set up, safe, indoor/outdoor, dodgeball variations that keep students IN the game instead of being hit out.

P3- Table Hockey Anyone?
Sal Capizzi

Need an alternative to Speed Stacking? Table Hockey has been described as chess at 700 miles per hour! The game embodies skills such as timing, speed, rhythm, fine motor skills, ambidexterity skills and hand-eye coordination all while teaching sportsmanship during amicable competition. This session will give participants an opportunity to learn about the game, resources, how to set up your own league/club and an opportunity to try out some of the different models of the games. Suitable for Grades 3-12.

P4- How to Bring Confidence into P.E.
Allison Gervais and Andrea Katz

A lack of confidence in tweens and teens is a major issue in Canada. This session will discuss the issues surrounding confidence and negative self-talk, and how you can help bring confidence into the playing field with tools and tactics specifically for physical education.

P5- Aquatic Risk Management
Christopher Love

Running a field trip that involves water such as a canoe trip or visit to a pool or waterpark?  The Lifesaving Society are Canada’s drowning prevention experts and this session will focus on how to prepare for any school activity that takes place in or near water.  We will provide guidelines to assist in the planning of events, as well as advice gained from many years’ experience dealing with water safety issues.  Come prepared with questions, as group interaction is highly encouraged.

P6- Workshop your Grade 12 Health Unit
Alyson Gysel and Chantal Emond

We often don’t have time to sit down with teachers from other schools to discuss health curriculum. This session will be interactive where teachers discuss and work on health unit from grade 12. It is expected that each teacher bring something to share. The focus will be on Module C, D, and E.

P7-Blush Free Sex-Ed
Teen Talk

In this frank, informative, hands-on workshop, Teen Talk health educators will share the approaches, techniques, and activities helpful to youth in learning about sexuality, sexual health and STI/HIV prevention. Through our operating principles of harm-reduction, sex-positive, strengths-based, decolonizing and the importance of being youth-friendly, Teen Talk will demonstrate the various games and activities that we use with youth.  Some of the main questions that will be discussed are: How can I teach sexual health in a way that is inclusive of all youth? How can I meet the learning outcomes in an interactive way? How can I appear comfortable while at the same time have clear boundaries about what my role is (and isn’t) in teaching sexual health?

P8-Rainbow and Remedies
Roger Tam, Bsc

An overview of the appropriate pronouns and terminologies. In addition a focus on the special health concerns individuals in the rainbow community face and how to address concerns.

P9- Warrior Fitness FULL
Bud Penner, Deryk Tufford, and Kelly Tufford

This session will focus on a variety of fitness circuits such as interval training, agility, cardio/core and resistance training.  This session will incorporate technology for the purpose of assessment and overall personal wellness.  Come prepared to workout & have fun!

P10- Gender and Power in Sexuality Education
J Fiedler

Teaching facts around sexuality education is helpful, but students also need conversational and relationship skills to use that information to its fullest. Within relationships, culture and identity matter. When discussing sexuality gender is an aspect of identity that is often looked at. Recent research has shown that sexuality education which addresses gender and power is five times more effective than programs that do not address these issues. This short workshop will discuss how to address gender and power within sexuality education.


Introductory level dance class at the new Canada Games Sport for Life Centre’s dance studio.


Spin class at the new Canada Games Sport for Life Centre’s spin studio.

P13-Sport Science on a Budget FULL
Neal Prokop, MSc, CSCS & Jeff Wood, BPE, CEP, CSCS

This session will allow participants to try out and observe a variety of testing and sport science equipment that Sport Manitoba’s Performance Staff use with their high performance athletes ages 14-18. The session encompasses strategies for implementing sport science on a budget, and introduces Sport Manitoba’s Off-Site Testing services for teachers interested in creating a unique experience for their athletes and students.

P14- Canada Games Sport for Life Centre Tour FULL
Steven Gzebb

Take a tour of the new Canada Games Sport for Life Centre and see everything they have to offer you and your school!

P61- Tennis Manitoba- Tennis in Schools
Robert Kennedy and Jared Connell

Progressive tennis uses modified courts, racquets and balls scaled to maximize learning for different levels and/or age group. Just like many other sports (mini soccer, T-ball etc.) scaling the game down to the size of the child speeds up the learning process and makes the game fun. The Tennis Manitoba Schools Program is run in the school gym. All equipment is supplied. The Tennis Manitoba Schools Program is run in PE classes, before/after school or at lunch. Our session will provide a demonstration of how the progressive tennis “Tennis in Schools” program is delivered in a gym setting.

Session 2 – 11:10am-12:00pm

P15-Warmed Up and Ready to Go
David Inglis

Safely developing physical literacy, positive attitudes, and behaviours, making healthy food (and other) choices, and total well-being. Warming up for activity prepares body and mind for engagement. Over twenty active, fun, and engaging games can both warm players up and mentally prepare them for play. Come prepared to participate. Equipment used in workshop will be given to selected participants.

P16-Go Cooperative: Go Huge, Go KIN-BALL Sport
Fabio Dionne

No physical contact, no intimidation, no interference and no one left out. With this session you will learn why Kin-Ball is a sport of inclusiveness and what it can do for your students. You will also learn how to introduce this Canadian sport to your kids and all the basic strategies that will make you stand out.

P17- How to Teach Juggling FULL
Robin Chestnut

Learn the basics of juggling, core teaching concepts, and practice techniques that will help you and your students’ progress much faster than you may have thought possible.

P18- Concussions: What are they and what can you do
Glen Bergeron

This presentation will present an overview of the continuum of brain injury including concussions, second impact syndrome and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This will lay the background information for the reasons why we manage concussions the way we do. The Presentation will also look at the parallels between return to learn and return to play.

P19- Lifesaving Society Programs for your School
Christopher Love

Participants will learn about the public education and training courses that the Lifesaving Society can provide to your school.  Programs that will be part of the discussion include First Aid & CPR courses, Swim to Survive swimming lessons, and options for school clubs.  We will also review the program support options available from the Society.  The session will end with a general Q & A exchange.

P20-FASD Prevention in Schools: Strategies for Brief Interventions on Alcohol and Contraception Use
Melanie Muehling

Effective prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) begins with early intervention: talking with children and youth about topics such as alcohol and healthy relationships to promote healthy choices, now and later in life. Educators have opportunities for these conversations on a daily basis- whether integrated into lesson plans, or through opportunities to talk with students 1-on-1. This session will provide information about the context of FASD in Manitoba and best practices in FASD prevention. It will introduce evidence-based brief intervention and counselling strategies (including introductory Motivational Interviewing) that teachers can use when talking with youth about topics such as alcohol and contraception use.

P21- Substance Use, Sexual Decision Making and Staying Safer
Teen Talk

This workshop will explore the Teen Talk approach to teaching youth substance use awareness. Teen Talk is Manitoba’s largest youth health education program. Our approach recognizes that by providing youth with accurate, non-judgmental information they can make healthier decisions and choices for themselves. We will guide participants through interactive activities from our Substance Use Awareness workshop, sharing strategies and tools to educate youth of diverse backgrounds and levels of use (from none to high) all from a harm reduction, prevention education perspective.

P22-Rainbows and Remedies
Roger Tam, Bsc

An overview of the appropriate pronouns and terminologies. In addition a focus on the special health concerns that individuals in the rainbow community face and how to address the concerns.

P23-Cultivating Mindfulness: A Journey through your Senses
Harmony Warrior Kids Yoga

This workshop will lead Educators through the 5 senses.  It will incorporate yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.  Educators will leave feeling connected, balanced and present.  Ready to take one the classroom.

P24-Teaching Large Classes and Integrating Technology
Neil Crockford, Daryl Fillion, and Matt Gagne

If you need ideas of activities for Double and Triple Physical Education classes than this is the session for you.  We will show you a variety of lessons that we have filmed with our students to help give you ideas of games and activities that work well.  We will also focus on the integration of technology and using projectors in Physical Education classes to help deliver your lessons and keep students active and engaged.


Spin class at the new Canada Games Sport for Life Centre’s spin studio.

P26-RAMPing Up your Warm Up
Neal Prokop, MSc, CSCS & Jeff Wood, BPE, CEP, CSCS

This session introduces a variety of exercise and drills the incorporate mobility, reaction, spatial awareness, changes of direction and speed. The goal of the RAMP method is to prepare high performance athletes for elite competition and to develop movement skills.

Session 3 – 12:40pm-1:30pm

P27-CIRA Favourites
Chris Wilson

This active session will focus on a large number of CIRA favourites that are fun active low organized games perfect for any ages.

Jason Miller and James Zamko

Winterball is an FREE program offered by Baseball Manitoba and sponsored by Major League Baseball, Home Run Sports and Baseball Canada. Schools receive a large bag of equipment, 2 batting tees, 4 bats, 1 set of throw down bases, 1 saucer cone , 4 Flexiballs (soft baseballs), 4 Blastballs (foam softballs), 4 Foam baseballs, 24 orange Gym Balls, 12 large Whiffle Balls, 12 small Whiffle Balls, program plans for teachers and MLB fan guides for students. The program is aimed at children in grades K-8. The primary focus of Winterball is to introduce to children the fundamentals of baseball in a fun manner that is non-competitive and that provides a positive learning experience for all involved. Designed for students aged 5-12, Winterball progresses through activities set out in nine different lesson plans, taught in three sets to ensure students learn at an appropriate skill and ability level.  All students following the teacher’s lesson plans detailed in the Winterball program will exhibit proficiency in movement skills while gaining social skills by working and getting along with others.

P29-Peteca Party
Sherwin Bacani, Katrina Beshrat, Anna Kulas, Danielle Sicotte

Peteca is a dual sport that incorporates movement, personal and social management, safety, and a variety of specific learning outcomes from the PHE curriculum. This unit teaches how movement is applied and assessed through a target and net game. Peteca is a combination of volleyball and badminton. Peteca requires a high net, a shuttlecock, two to four players, and the individual’s palms. For the session, we will introduce various strategies and adaptations to add Peteca into your class. This active session will include creating a Peteca shuttlecock, participating in varied levels of game play, and learning basic instruction.

P30-Angle Ball
Colin Holowachuk and Dan Law

Angle Ball is an invasion type game with simple rules that is easy to get going. It allows player to develop locomotive skills as well as overhand and underhand throwing and catching. Can be modified to all ages and can fit into a variety of spaces both indoor and outdoor

P31-Tops Table Tennis: Table Tennis in Schools Program
Arvin Tronco

Tops Table Tennis is a program that aims to introduce the sport of Table Tennis to young people in Primary & Secondary Schools through a progressive range of fun and innovative Table Tennis related lessons and activities.

P32-Teaching Human Sexuality Education
Raena Thompson

Teaching human sexuality education is not like teaching math or physics where the answer is right or wrong. We cannot teach someone to be, or not to be sexual; for we are sexual beings from the day we are both. Rather, we as teachers provide an opportunity for students to acquire accurate information in order to make young adults make informed healthy decisions on sensitive and important issues related to Human Sexuality. This session will share ideas and activities that address peer and social pressures related to sex. Talking with students helps them understand their bodies, respect others, make decisions, develop and maintain meaningful relationships, take responsibility for their own behaviour, and communicate with family, peers, and partners about sexuality issues.

P33-Presentation, Interactive, Videos, Quizzes
Orvie Dingwall and Laurie Thompson

The Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety has developed two curriculum supplements to the Manitoba Physical Education and Health Education curriculum, developed in cooperation with WSD and with teacher involvement.  The supplements complement the existing curriculum with cases, resources, scripts, and evaluations. Our grade nine supplement highlights self-advocacy (asking questions, speaking up. engaging in healthcare), an essential life skill to help ensure that safety of individuals in healthcare remains a priority.   The grade eleven supplement is on medication safety, a major area for prevention of harm, and builds on the concepts of self-advocacy introduced in the grade nine supplement. This is particularly important amidst the opioid crisis.

P34-Pension Sustainability Seminar FULL
Glen Anderson

This seminar is tailored to TRAF participants and the objective of the seminar is to help members understand aspects of pension sustainability and the likelihood/inevitability of changes to your pension either negative or positive from the plan participant’s point of view. If you have already attended one of these seminars before you are certainly able to attend.  What will be new is information about changes to other provincial Teacher pension plans over the last year, along with some projections of an actual effect to a pension value if a combination of the ancillary benefits change, as has happened across the country.

P35-Adapting Physical Education Class Activities for Students with Additional Needs FULL
Sandy Loewen

In this session I will address the benefits of physical activity for students with additional needs/a disability and all students. Strategies to use to adapt physical activity so that all students can meaningfully participate in their PE classes will be presented. These strategies include: adjusting the rules of the game/sport, adapting the equipment, adapting/enhancing the environment and adjusting the nature of the activity. Strategies for students with some specific conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and students with Low Vision will be discussed.

P36-Fitness Assessment Dos and Don’t’s FULL
JJ Ross

Find assessing fitness a challenge? Students not motivated to do the Beep Test? Reimagine the delivery of fitness testing. This session will offer a smorgasbord of different ways to assess fitness and choices for students. We will also examine the concepts of moderate to vigorous physical activity, heart rate, perceived exertion and other methods to determine fitness while offering choices to students.


Spin class at the new Canada Games Sport for Life Centre’s spin studio.

P38-Catch the Wave!!!  Learn how to use the Inertia Wave Bands for overall fitness and stress management. FULL
Tracy Payne-Barrett

The inertia wave workout develops efficient metabolic conditioning by training both aerobic and anaerobic fitness, burns more calories and builds more cardiovascular fitness in ONE workout. It is a safe and effective way to increase core strength and fitness in a time-efficient workout. Participants will learn how to do the 7 methods of use, different ways to set them up in gymnasiums, fields and dance studios within minutes.  It is a great exercise tool for all age levels; early years, middle years and high school.   Learn how to use the inertia waves as part of a fitness unit, as a healthy school initiative or for stress prevention…for both students and teachers!!

P39-Gaelic Football
Caitlin Albel, Kristine Alberto, Shae Johnson, Taylor Mackenzie, Jaydee-Lynn McDougall, and Emily McNish

An Irish team sport that involves carrying, bouncing, kicking, passing and soloing. This sport consists of many transfer skills and concepts your students already know!

Session 4 – 1:40-2:30pm

P40-FooBaSkill FULL
Tim Brock

FooBaSkill is a new game that was created by 3 PE teachers in Switzerland. It puts into practice the skills and strategies of both soccer and basketball. This new innovative game splits the court into 2 surfaces while teams play against each other. One looking to score following the rules of Basketball, while the other looks to score following the rules of soccer.

P41-Play Together: OMNIKIN game concepts for everyone
Fabio Dionne

OMNIKIN’s philosophy has always been one of inclusiveness and cooperation. Experience new action-packed games with Omnikin’s durable 14” to 48” light-weight and colorful balls. Stimulant activities with 6 balls of 6 colors and 6 teams at the same time during which manipulation and coordination are involved. Get to try out oversized footballs, basketballs, volleyballs and soccer balls. Also, learn the benefits of cooperative gameplay and learn new games that are compatible with our many sized balls and that will keep your students moving. Omnikin products support the number on instructional best practice for physical education. All students actively involved and learning. Come play!!

P42-Active Kids= Active Minds (BOKS)
Kyla Crocker

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about BOKS, a free before-school, physical activity program designed to get students moving in the morning and their brains ready for a day of learning. BOKS offers a completely free, turn-key, robust curriculum to empower the community and help children embrace healthy habits that will last a lifetime. You will also learn about BOKS Bursts, daily physical activities, to help keep your students active throughout the school day. You will leave this session with the tools necessary to support increased opportunities for children to get physically active and to make a positive difference in the lives of children by getting your local school enrolled in BOKS!

P43-Executive Functioning in P.E.
Chris Wilson

This active session will go through many variations that break down the concept of executive functioning into workable components.

P44-Movement Skills Manitoba Resources FULL
Stephanie van der Linde, Samantha Tease, Nathalie McConnell & Tara Hawley​

The Movement Skills Manitoba Committee will present an overview of all of their documents and resources. This presentation will help new teachers prepare their elementary Physical Education annual plan. It is also helpful to teachers looking to review and renew fitness activities, active health games, assessment tools and TGFU concepts. Participants will be lead through a variety of active games and activities.

P45-Make Students Great Again
Maurice Williams

In this session, we will cover how we learn and thrive in schools, and why the integration of positive psychology from end-to-end is crucial to all outcomes.

P46- Adapting Physical Education Class Activities for Students with Additional Needs
Sandy Loewen

In this session I will address the benefits of physical activity for students with additional needs/a disability and all students. Strategies to use to adapt physical activity so that all students can meaningfully participate in their PE classes will be presented. These strategies include: adjusting the rules of the game/sport, adapting the equipment, adapting/enhancing the environment and adjusting the nature of the activity. Strategies for students with some specific conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and students with Low Vision will be discussed.

P47-New Model P.E. FULL
David Day and Arista Ryback

We have developed a unique way to present the Grade 11 and 12 Physical Education credits. Having to adapt our program to fit a changing high school, we found an opportunity to develop a model that offers our students choice, flexibility, and personalized plan that fits their complex schedule. The program has brought positive change in student engagement and over all enjoyment of PE at our school. We’d like to share our delivery model and what has worked for us and what might work at your school.

P48-So Now What??!!
Barb Hildebrand

Your Phys Ed program is ready to go – so now what?  Tabloid Days, Intramurals, Jump Rope for Heart, Special Events – the list goes on, time to start planning again!  In this session, I will share some of the special event and holiday event planning that includes maximum physical activity and multi-age groups K-8 that have worked at our school – maybe just in time for your next special, physical activity event!!


Introductory level dance class at the new Canada Games Sport for Life Centre’s dance studio.


Spin class at the new Canada Games Sport for Life Centre’s spin studio.

P51-Our Country, Our Game
Don Jacks

Lacrosse is Canada’s National Summer Sport and the Indigenous Medicine Game. Youth 1st’s vision is to see sustainable lacrosse programs in all communities of Manitoba. Learn about the rich history of the game in indigenous culture and throughout Canada’s history. Learn about where the game is now and where it’s going.

Full Day Sessions – 8:30am-3:30pm

P52-Teaching the Physical Education Curriculum K-8 (OFF-SITE)
Diana Juchnowski

This session is Off-Site at Beaverlodge School (6691 Rannock Avenue). This session will focus on developing physical literacy through the curriculum movement skills, games and rhythmic learning outcomes. All activities are easy to teach and allow for all skill levels. Movement skills will focus on literacy in transport and manipulative skills. Games outcomes will be taught through TGFU activities. And even if you are not now comfortable teaching the rhythmic outcomes (dance, gymnastics, juggling, jump rope etc.) you will get many ideas that will make these outcomes easy for you. Lots of manageable assessment ideas too. Ideas for yearly and cycle planning tools also available if you are interested.


Lifesaving Society CPR- C Course. Participants will be certified in CPR Level C which includes training in Adult, Child and Infant CPR, Two-Rescuer CPR, how to deal with choking emergencies, how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and the treatment of heart attacks and strokes. Participants will receive a course manual and a mini first aid kit. A certification card will be mailed to all successful participants.

Half Day Morning Sessions – 10:10am-12:00pm

P54-Training Methods for School Badminton Teams
Justin Friesen

This training session will be centered around structuring practices with middle years and high school school teams. Topics to be covered include the basics of feeding (throwing/hitting shuttles) to athletes for skill development, modified games and strategy for school level tournaments.

P55-“One Exercise to Rule Them All” (The Turkish Get-Up)
Jethro Bartelings

Okay, the title is a bit of an exaggeration, but imagine you had to choose one exercise to do for the rest of your life. Just ONE. What would it be? Why would you choose it? Consider the ‘Turkish Get-Up’ (TGU). This exercise is a movement sequence that integrates strength, mobility, and stability. The TGU can serve as an effective component of any warm-up, workout, or serve as a stand-alone workout.

In this session, you will learn the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of the TGU. Pregressions will be explored for those who need to scale the sequence back as they start to learn the skill or need to adapt for injury. We will also look at progressions to create additional challenges in the sequence. This is an active session, so bring a water bottle and come ready to move!

P56-The Brass Tacks on Bones
Lori De Pauw and Amanda Hamel

You may think of osteoporosis as an old ladies’ problem, but the truth is, it also affects men and even children. The critical bone-building years are two years prior to and two years after puberty. In this hands-on session, you will learn that the recipe for healthy bones starts with nutrition and movement. Teachers will walk away with practical resources on how to incorporate these concepts, using a curriculum-based program called Powerful Bones. We will also create make-and-take recipes you can inspire your students to try today, so that they can build and maintain healthy bones for life!

P57-Introduction to Flag Football (Grades 4 to 8)
Brian Marks

How to build your team from the ground up.  Fundamental skill movement for Flag Football including throwing, catching, running and changing direction.

Half Day Afternoon Sessions – 12:40pm-2:30pm

P58-Words Have Weight
Caitlin Peiris

This workshop explores intersections of weight, health, activity, and food. Participants learn why focusing on weight has not led to better population health, and discuss more reliable indicators of health. We also explore the language of food: “good”, “bad”, “clean”, and “junk”, and how language impacts activity and nutrition. Participants challenge assumptions about how health is achieved, and discuss practical ideas on adapting formal and informal health information. Reconsidering our words can reduce the development of disordered eating, a major concern in students. A food and body inclusive approach promotes lasting physical and mental health for our students and ourselves.

P59-Physical Literacy- just a hop, skip and a jump to fun!
Cassidy Nicholls

In this session you will learn about physical literacy, fundamental movement skills, and how to use them in your classroom!

P60-Underwater Football – Offsite at Sergeant Tommy Prince Place (90 Sinclair Street, Winnipeg)
Kasia Peters and Keith Peters

Winnipeg has the oldest underwater sports club in North America. This made in Manitoba sport has spread from Winnipeg to all over North America and predates all other North American Underwater sports. Meet the captain from the 2015 and 2017 World Championship team and learn how to play a 3D, full contact, low impact co-ed sport. Our youngest player is 8, and our oldest is 83.  It is an extremely aerobic activity with no weight bearing.

Swimwear recommended; if you have goggles, fins, flippers please bring.


Register online here:

$70 late registration but must buy membership, $95 non member fee late registration
Membership Fee*: full membership $25, student membership $15, retired is $15
Membership* + Conference Fee: $85.00 early bird, $95.00 late registration
Student Fee*: none (BUT MUST PURCHASE A STUDENT MEMBERSHIP on the online registration form)

NOTE: Malls are not responsible for anything vandalized, stolen, or damaged. Parking is at your own risk.
If park and rides have low numbers by October 11th, 2019, PHE Manitoba has the right to cancel the park and rides. 

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