Columbia International College was recently presented with two respected awards for their physical education and recreational programs.
The Canadian Intramural Recreation Association of Ontario (CIRA) awarded Columbia with an Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award for its exceptional intramural/recreation program in 2013-2014.
The award was given to 48 schools across Ontario that “promote and develop active living, healthy lifestyles and personal growth through intramural and recreational programs within the education and recreation communities.” The letter from CIRA stated that Columbia’s programs “have greatly improved the quality of education for students by recognizing the value of physical activity for mental and physical well-being.” This is the 11th consecutive year the CIRA Ontario award has been presented to Columbia.
Columbia was also presented with a national award from Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada), in recognition of the school’s “comprehensive Physical Education program that provides a foundation for the development of physical literacy.” As one of 500 schools out of 15,000 that received this award, Columbia is proud that its physical education, afterschool activities and student leadership programs were recognized for “enabling students to live physically active and healthy lives.”
Recreation at Columbia
Mr. Freddy Velazquez, Athletics Coordinator, believes the two awards are a testament to “Columbia’s effort and support for physical activities, recreation and leadership programs for our students.”
A special thank you goes to Mr. Freddy, Mr. Erind, Ms. Simpson and all advisors and staff from Student Development for their leadership in various athletic programs both in school and in residence.
Both banners are displayed in the Ainsliewood Gym, alongside those awarded in previous years.