SportWORKS - Making a Difference & Becoming Different

The Sport Leaders Abroad Program
sends qualified and experienced Canadian
sport leaders (administrators, coaches, officials, etc.) to assist their counterparts in their fields/sports of expertise in countries around
the world.

Patrick Jarvis

Leader Bio: In 2003 Patrick was appointed to the 20 person Board tasked with overseeing the organization and delivery of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. He has also been a governing board member for the International Paralympic Committee since 2005. He also is the president and owner of Amarok Training Services, a company which delivers a variety of programs including competence based transfer-of-knowledge initiatives.

Placement Date: March 15-17, 2012

Placement Details: Patrick worked closely with the National Paralympic Committee in Guyana. The focus was primarily on increasing the capacity building abilities for newly elected officers in developing their administrative roles and responsibilities.Patrick also spent time working  on the development of school, community and national programs.

Guyana Paralympic Organization
Calgary, Alberta
University of Calgary B.Ed., Education
Chatting with the physiotherapists, the student therapists and especially the aspiring athletes that late afternoon, it was clear that despite the inequities in resources, they were pursuing their goals and passions. Through their efforts, they epitomize one of the principles of success which requires focusing on what you have, rather than on what you don’t have; and through it all, the joy of sport powerfully shone. My perceptions and general awareness of Paralympic sport development tuned once again, I departed the rehabilitation centre looking forward to refocusing and redoubling my efforts regarding equity, at least equity in sport participation.