Shaping the Future 2021

Thursday, January 28 - Saturday, January 30, 2021

Lake Louise, Alberta

January 28 - 30

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What is Shaping the Future?

Shaping the Future is an annual conference that brings together educators, health and wellness professionals and researchers to learn and share about comprehensive school health. Ever Active Schools and our partners strive to connect delegates by disseminating knowledge in a variety of interactive learning formats: pre-conferences, workshops, keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, outdoor sessions, research posters, success stories and networking opportunities with other delegates and exhibitors.

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What is Shaping the Future?

Shaping the Future is an annual conference that brings together educators, health and wellness professionals and researchers to learn and share about comprehensive school health. Ever Active Schools and our partners strive to connect delegates by disseminating knowledge in a variety of interactive learning formats: pre-conferences, workshops, keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, outdoor sessions, research posters, success stories and networking opportunities with other delegates and exhibitors.

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Shelley Moore

Headshot of Shelley Moore, a smiling pink-skinned woman with short brown hair with long bangs, wearing large square-framed glasses and a red, grey and navy blue sweater over a collared shirt and grey tie.Originally from Edmonton and now based in Vancouver, Shelley Moore is a highly sought-after teacher, researcher, speaker and storyteller who has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Shelley's presentations are constructed based on contexts of schools and communities, and they integrate theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum and teacher professional development. Her first book, entitled One Without the Other, was released in July 2016 to follow up her TEDx talk. Shelley completed an undergraduate degree in Special Education at the University of Alberta, her masters at Simon Fraser University, and she is currently a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia.

Shelley Moore

Headshot of Shelley Moore, a smiling pink-skinned woman with short brown hair with long bangs, wearing large square-framed glasses and a red, grey and navy blue sweater over a collared shirt and grey tie.Originally from Edmonton and now based in Vancouver, Shelley Moore is a highly sought-after teacher, researcher, speaker and storyteller who has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Shelley's presentations are constructed based on contexts of schools and communities, and they integrate theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum and teacher professional development. Her first book, entitled One Without the Other, was released in July 2016 to follow up her TEDx talk. Shelley completed an undergraduate degree in Special Education at the University of Alberta, her masters at Simon Fraser University, and she is currently a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia.

Pre-Conference

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Main Conference

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A Look Back at Shaping the Future 2020

We say it every year, but this may very well have been the best Shaping the Future yet...

A Look Back at Shaping the Future 2020

We say it every year, but this may very well have been the best Shaping the Future yet.

All-day Wednesday and on Thursday morning, the most eager delegates attended pre-conference sessions. Some became certified Field Leaders with the Outdoor Council of Canada. Some learned inclusive teaching practices. Some contributed to re-defining recess to suit modern education and the needs of all students.

On Thursday, an Elder prayer kicked off the conference in a good way. Shaping the Future delegates heard from an award-winning journalist, author and the first Ojibway woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures: Tanya Talaga. She spoke of Indigenous culture and history while leaving the room a hopeful message.

“Working in communities is hard work. It’s heavy lifting, but what’s the alternative? We have to keep going.”

The rest of the day saw delegates attending three concurrent sessions. Content ranged from teacher and student well-being to social and emotional learning tools, to cultural connections to a variety of practices.

Friday began bright and early with the always well-loved morning wellness opportunities. Yoga, meditation, smudging, and running helped the early risers start the day with a boost. The first of two blocks of hands-on workshops saw everybody else out of bed.

“Stress days are sick days,” explained Nancy Luyckfassel of the Alberta Teachers’ Association in her concurrent session on recognizing and addressing anxiety at school. “You don’t take ‘broken leg’ days; anxiety and stress are no different.”

Next came back-to-back keynote presentations. A panel of post-secondary education faculty members discussed the importance of wellness in teacher preparation programs.

“Teachers are absolutely fundamental to the wellness of our students,” said panel speaker Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew.

“A turtle doesn’t thrive on land,” pondered Dr. Hayley Morrison, another member of the panel. “What work environment are you creating and modelling? Are you sure that is the right environment for others to thrive?”

Then, students from a Recreational Leadership class in the Calgary Board of Education described their experiences in this unique learning opportunity. After one more workshop block, delegates had a chance to explore what wellness looks like to them. Some visited the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise spa, others skated on the lake, and many snuggled into their beds for a well-deserved nap. Shaping the Future's wellness breaks are always a welcomed chance to relax, get active, socialize and more.

There's nothing more important at a conference than the networking opportunities.

That's why the Friday night banquet was, and always is, a big hit. That, and there’s always great food and a lot of fun to be had. With everyone dressed up and settled in after two days of sessions, the atmosphere felt comfortable and relaxed. It was like a group of long-time friends reconnecting for the first time in a while...perhaps the first time since the last Shaping the Future banquet? While the most outgoing of the bunch danced the night away, others settled in for a quiet night to recover from the fun. All prepared for one final day of incredible sessions.

More wellness opportunities started off Saturday, though they were a little quieter after the Friday night fun. The Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club hosted a breakfast for registered clubs and those interested in learning more, with a talk from Canadian Olympic Bobsledder Neville Wright. He told his story of the paths that his running career paved for him and inspired the room to encourage their students to lead an active life.

“I have something way better than an Olympic medal,” said Wright. “I’ve built my character and resilience.”

All delegates reconnected for the final conference keynote. Elena (Eli) Belyea, an award-winning queer playwright, performer, producer, arts educator and Artist Director, delivered a presentation using a variety of mediums that explored their experience growing up LGBTQ+ in Alberta. They explained how delegates could work to create safe spaces for students who self-identify as members of marginalized communities, to help them feel seen and supported.

“Being transparent that you don’t have all the answers and being transparent about having challenges or questions is really important to your students,” Elena said.

Following some reflection, delegates attended their final two concurrent sessions. From prevention of tobacco and vaping use, to students with concussions, to health as the driver for academic success, the topics were vast. Everyone came together a final time for a closing celebration. They shared one last meal, heard a closing Elder blessing, and entered their names in for one of the many exciting draw prizes.

For 11 years, Shaping the Futre has connected the health, education and active living worlds on a common vision.

We at Ever Active Schools are still amazed every year at the bridges built and how strong we can be together.

We know that there were a lot of considerations to attending Shaping the Future this year, and we appreciate knowing that these few days — of time together to generate ideas and build excitement around the importance of Comprehensive School Health — are still a priority. Thank you for helping us to innovate, to inspire, to learn, to share, to grow, to improve.

We’ll see you again next year, when we aim for the best Shaping the Future yet.

Click here to view the full STF 2020 photo album.

Written by Kayli McClelland, Creative Media Specialist, Ever Active Schools

STF2020 Program Cover

Shaping the Future 2020 Program

View last year's full conference program including sessions and descriptions to get a feel for the conference.

Partnership Opportunities

Partner with us for Shaping the Future 2021! 

Partnering with Shaping the Future allows organizations to demonstrate their commitment to the health and wellness of children and youth on a provincial and national stage. Shaping the Future is also a great opportunity for your organization to gain exposure and drive your brand awareness. Partners will be exposed to delegates from a variety of sectors, who will utilize knowledge and relationships built at the conference to move students towards a prosperous and successful future.

Please contact us at 780-454-4745 to learn more about partnership opportunities for Shaping the Future 2021.

Call for Presenters

Apply to be a Shaping the Future 2021 Presenter!

We are seeking presentations that will:

  • provide relevant research in the education, health or community sectors that can be applied to the everyday practice of our delegates;
  • connect research, policy and practice;
  • give delegates practical, useful knowledge and skills that they can use;
  • connect with delegates from a number of sectors: education, health, recreation/active living; and
  • be presented within a comprehensive school health framework.

We encourage submissions in the areas of mental well-being, active living, healthy eating, student leadership, staff wellness, activity permissive learning environments, resiliency and comprehensive school health topics.

Presenter applications will open soon. Please check back or call our office at 780-454-4745 for more information.

Please note: all presenters and co-presenters are asked to register for the conference. If this is a barrier for you, please reach out to Katelynn Theal to find a solution. Successful presenters will receive 15% off main conference registration (maximum 2 per presentation).

Call for Exhibitors

Apply to be a Shaping the Future 2021 Exhibitor!

Being an exhibitor allows organizations to demonstrate their commitment to children and youth on a provincial stage with a nationally-recognized conference leading in school health. With more than 400 delegates in the education, health, recreation and active living sectors, it is a great platform to share your organization, work and products.

Your investment includes:

  • Exposure to delegates from across Alberta and Canada
  • Lunch and snacks on Thursday, January 27, 2021
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks on Friday, January 28, 2021
  • Promotional postcards, flyers, swag items to be donated as delegate giveaways
  • Free wifi and electronic outlets
  • Standard 6' long table with linens

Once an exhibitor has applied, an Ever Active Schools representative will be in contact regarding the status within 10 business days. Please contact Krista Trim or call 780-454-4745 if you have any questions.

Exhibitor applications will open soon. Please check back later for more information.

Hotel & Travel Information

The conference is hosted at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Please check back soon for more information on conference rates, booking your room and travel details.

 

Accommodations will also be available at the Deer Lodge - a short walk to the Chateau Lake Louise.

 

Please note that the conference location is within Banff National Park and as such, Park Passes are required for all delegates. Delegates will have to arrange travel - airport shuttles are available as well as self-parking for those who choose to drive.

Accessibility and Inclusion

Ever Active Schools recognizes and values diverse abilities, identities, cultures and ways of knowing. We practice a strength-based approach, acknowledging that we do not know all the answers and continually learning how to better work alongside, support and inspire people from diverse communities.

We are committed to providing equitable access to Shaping the Future for all delegates.

Hotel Accommodations

Please note any accommodation considerations when booking your room with the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The hotel offers rooms to accommodate persons with physical disabilities.

Support Personnel/Animals
Conference Support
Gender-Neutral Bathrooms
Food/Allergy Accommodation
Smudging and Ceremony