Monday, July 31, 2017

Results are in! OSPAPPH 2017 Conference Evaluation

Summer is now in full swing, but it started off strong with OSPAPPH's first conference this past June! 

The inaugural conference featured:


  • OSPAPPH AGM
  • Panel on Risky Play featuring Brandy Tanenbaum, Dr. John Cairney, and Dr. Casey Gray
  • Keynote session on Sedentary Behaviour with Dr. Allana LeBlanc
  • Four engaging breakout sessions
  • Meeting and networking with fellow Physical Activity Promoters in person!

With over 50 delegates, expert speakers, and physical activity experience from across the province, the conference was a great success! Check out the results of the evaluation survey in this infographic

Thanks to everyone who attended the conference and completed in the evaluation survey. Your comments will help us make the next conference even better!



We couldn't have done it without our supporters: 



Monday, April 3, 2017

Registration for Inaugural OSPAPPH Conference Now Open!!


Attention all physical activity promoters!!!

Registration is now open for the inaugural OSPAPPH Conference - Research to Action of Risky Play and Sedentary Behaviour.


This conference promises to be a pivotal professional development opportunity for both public health staff working on physical activity promotion, and others from relevant health, recreation and community organizations. In addition, it is:
  • targeted and relevant to the work we are doing at a local level in public health physical activity promotion and injury prevention
  • well aligned with the new draft Standards for Public Health Programs and Services
  • a unique opportunity to learn about other health units’ physical activity initiatives, programs and resources
  • a platform for networking with others working in physical activity promotion within public health and from other relevant health, recreation and community organizations

Click on the link to see our Program at-a-glance and complete the online registration through our online event page.

Thank you to our 2017 Conference Supporters:








Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Save the Date - Inaugural OSPAPPH Conference on June 6th 2017

Save the Date - on June 6th in Mississauga, OSPAPPH is hosting it's first annual conference in partnership with PARC. The conference already has an outstanding line-up of presenters focusing on the topic areas of Risky Play and Sedentary Behaviour. 

The Conference agenda is designed around feedback we heard from our members - so you know it will be relevant and practical information that you can take back and apply to your work!  In addition, this conference is not only applicable to Physical Activity Promoters in public health, but also to our colleagues working in injury prevention.

Why should you attend?
  • This is the only conference planned specifically for PAP’s in public health by PAPs in public health.
  • It is targeted and relevant to the work we are doing at a local level in public health
  • This is the first opportunity for PAPs from across the province to come together at our own conference.
  • It's affordable! We are aiming to offer this event at a cost of $125/member and travel subsidies will be made available (on a case by case basis).
  • The OSPAPPH AGM will be in person this year at the conference
  • There will be an option to register for a low-cost ($25) practical pre-conference workshop being held on June 5th
  • We're planning an evening social for those arriving the night before
Still need more convincing?  Check out the 'Benefits of Attending' document.

The conference planning committee has been hard at work putting together a quality, affordable and practical conference for our members and partners in physical activity promotion!  We hope you will join us in making this inaugural conference a success!  

Stay tuned for more details on registration, 

Your Conference Planning Committee:

Lisa Kaldeway (Co-Chair) – HKPR District Health Unit
Chantal Lalonde (Co-Chair) – Eastern Ontario Health Unit
Chris Sherman – Chatham-Kent Public Health
Julie Vilchez – Peel Region Public Health
Joanna Carastathis – Thunder Bay District Health Unit
Sarah Christie – PARC

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Happy Birthday OSPAPPH!

It's hard to believe but this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Ontario Society of Physical Activity Promoters in Public Health.

From its humble beginnings as an informal collaboration of individuals with a vision to a fully incorporated Society with an elected Executive and Strategic Plan, OSPAPPH remains committed to being the unified voice of physical activity promoters working in public health.

We invite you to take a walk down memory lane to see what we've accomplished over the past ten years and have a glimpse at what the future holds:



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Letter Sent to Ministry Education - Physical LIteracy

**This is a follow-up on our ongoing work on physical literacy in education and childcare settings (read more on Projects page).

As part of the next phase in our strategy, we have set up a small working group to continue moving the advocacy effort forward.  The working group members are:  

  • Alison Bochsler, Co-chair, OSPAPPH
  • Chris Sherman, Co-chair OSPAPPH
  • Lisa Kaldeway, Special Project Officer, OSPAPPH
  • Chantal Lalonde, Special Project Officer, OSPAPPH
  • Dr David Colby, Medical Officer of Health, Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa)
  • Chris Jones, Executive Director, PHE Canada
  • Drew Mitchell, Director of Physical Literacy, Sport 4 Life Society 

On January 26th, OSPAPPH submitted a letter on behalf of the working group to the Honourable Liz Sandals, Ontario Minister of Education. The letter outlines the physical literacy policy recommendations and requests an opportunity to meet with Minister Sandals or an assigned delegate.

The letter represents a key milestone in our advocacy efforts to elevate physical activity as a public health priority in Ontario. In fact, since 2011, we have recognized physical literacy as a key public health and physical activity priority. Close to thirty individuals and/or organizations officially endorsed our policy recommendations (see our Backgrounder Document for the full list of endorsements). In addition to the endorsements, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) passed resolution A15-6 Physical Literacy in Education and Childcare Settings June 2015 and submitted their own advocacy letter to the Ministry of Education to which they’ve received a response.

The working group looks forward to engaging with the Ministry of Education to identify priorities and strategies for ensuring that all children and youth are provided with the education and environment to support the development of physical literacy.

In the interim, the working group will be seeking public health and stakeholder input to gather success stories of physical literacy strategies already occurring across the province.

Your OSPAPPH Executive