Sheila’s Books, Journals, and Magazines: Written and Edited

2000 to the present: Editor, Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching; author of various articles

The premise of the Journal is that timely, accurate, targeted information goes a long way towards creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches, in Canada and around the world …  One dominant concern is family life. Other pressing issues focus on negotiating equitable compensation and satisfactory contracts, breaking into the high performance echelon, establishing personal behaviour guidelines, understanding employee and employer rights, and working effectively with a board of directors.

2016: Chapter Author, Women in Sport Coaching

Published by Routledge, this book “illuminates and examines the status of women in coaching, explores the complex issues they face in pursuing their careers, and suggests solutions for eliminating the barriers that impede women in coaching.” Sheila’s chapter is entitled “Hear their voices: suggestions for developing and supporting women coaches around the world”.

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2015: Author, Our Community, Our Vision: Cornerstone Housing for Women  

A history of the Ottawa-based community organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women.

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2013: Chapter Author, Playing It Forward: 50 Years of Women and Sport in Canada

Published by the Feminist History Society, the book “contains an inspiring collection of stories from those on the front lines: athletes, coaches, educators, and activists who stuck their necks out to bring about change.” Sheila’s chapters are:

“Opening Doors for Women: A Conversation with Marion Lay”

“’Wait a minute, this isn’t equal!’ In Conversation with Pat Hunt”

“Blending Feminist Principles and Entrepreneurial Goals: In Conversation with Bryna Kopelow”

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2012: Author, Shattered Hopes Canada’s Boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games

On December 27, 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The invasion set off a chain of events that dominated the headlines of the day. A crucial fallout was the American-led boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games, which Canada eventually joined. 212 Canadian athletes were forced to shelve their Olympic dreams, some temporarily, many permanently. 

Shattered Hopes is an oral history of athletes, coaches, and other leaders affected by the boycott. For many, memories of the boycott are painfully clear; for others, the details have faded, but anger and disappointment remain.

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2010: Editor and Chapter Author, Taking the Lead: Strategies and Solutions from Female Coaches  

Celebrating a decade of articles for the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching, this book is an extensive and frank examination by leaders in women’s coaching of the values women bring to the coaching profession; their quest for equal access; ways career aspirations and motherhood are juggled; how to negotiate contracts; and encounters with homophobia, harassment, and bullying.

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1998: Editor and Chapter Author, Making the Most of Your Opportunities: A Media Guide for Athletes and Their Coaches

Despite the phenomenal growth of women’s sport, media coverage and commentary, whether print, radio, or television, remains largely devoted to men’s sport. And when women athletes are the subject of reports and commentary, they are sometimes referred to in words that treat them differently from men, often in ways that downplay or trivialize their achievements.

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1997: Editor, Straight Talk About Children and Sport

A practical reference guide, written by Janet LeBlanc, this book “answers questions about children’s participation in organized sport.

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1995: Chapter Author, Women and Girls in Sport and Physical Activity

Canadian Woman Studies, a York University Publication ( Sheila was a member of the guest editorial board and author of the chapter entitled “The Life and Time of CAAWS”.

1993: Editor, Reflections on the CFSA: A History of the Canadian Figure Skating Association 1887-1990   

Written by Teresa Moore, this book “gives readers an insight into the workings of the most successful figure skating association in the world through the eyes of those who have been key players in its development.”

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1992-2004: Author, Various articles in Coaches Report

In its nomination with the 2001 Frank Ratcliffe Memorial Award, Coaches Report, led by founding editor Sheila Robertson, was described as “a communications focal point [that] provides a collective conscience, a forum, powerful resources, and an effective vehicle for the celebrations of contributions of coaches to Canada’s sport community.”