Business Development and Operations Manager, University of Winnipeg
Topic: Improving Quality Sport Opportunities for Newcomers and Underserved Youth
This session will challenge delegates to consider the why, what, how, and who of sport programming:
- Why are we offering these sports?
- What sports are we offering?
- How can we improve sport for ALL participants?
- Who are we programming for?
Chino, Abdullah, and Carolyn will share insights and solutions of their ongoing journey in delivering quality sport to the Syrian refugee community and other newcomers in Winnipeg. This will include discussions about programming for refugees with a disability, female swimming classes, and the challenges of engaging youth in community sport programs.
Over the past 10 years Chino has worked with many organizations to help develop and implement youth recreation programs across Winnipeg to ensure access to activities for all. Chino is recognized by his peers as an advocate for change to help ensure this universal participation for young people is possible.
Chino’s experience coordinating community programming includes extensive involvement at Youth Agencies Alliance where he coordinated 18 agencies by bringing them together to better the life of youth across Winnipeg. His role at YAA involved leading initiatives with multiple sectors initiating collaboration and providing expertise.
Chino is passionate about supporting new and innovative programming for young people, especially those with a focus on sports and recreations, as he believes that skills learned on the field can translate into success for young people. During his time at Spence Neighbourhood Association Chino was tasked with coordinating a variety of recreation programs, including the implementation of basketball and soccer curriculum at SNA which they still run today.
Born and raised in Guatemala, Chino has called Winnipeg home since 2005. Chino is a husband and a proud father. He currently manages the Axworthy Health and RecPlex at the University of Winnipeg where he works with over 60 community organizations to further develop and implement grassroots programs.