Christopher Teiman has gone home to Nunavut to work, from right here in Toronto. The Humber Sport Management student is doing his third-year college internship remotely, working in Nunavut with the Recreation and Parks Association (RPAN). Working from a distance can be challenging but this Humber Sport Management student has it all figured out.
“I grew up in Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut with a population of about 7,000, and have been involved in sports there my entire life."
He has represented Team Nunavut 3 times (for hockey and soccer) and was the Youth Ambassador for the Canadian Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec where he served as the flag bearer at the closing ceremonies.
Christopher will graduate this spring from the three-year Sport Management program at Humber. As part of the program, Christopher chose to work with PRAN for two internship sessions alongside fellow Humber student Andrew Elines of Etobicoke. They prepared two sports-related handbooks for the association.
“The first handbook was the Territorial Sports Hosting Manual — a competitive hosting manual to help Nunavut communities host sports championships. The second one is a Territorial Grant Handbook,” explains Christopher, which compiles territorial and national grant opportunities for communities and sports organizations in Nunavut—a step toward increased funding for sports and recreation projects in the north!
“I got a chance to fly back to Nunavut to attend the Recreation and Sport Leadership Conference. I went back to assist with coordinating the event and I also was involved with the delivery of a workshop and talked about the handbooks. The feedback which was very positive. This internship helped me give back to the community as well as make good contacts in my field. The hands-on experience helps build a strong resume.”
Rick Simone, Program Coordinator and Professor of the Sport Management program, credits Teiman and Elines with developing two projects that will help develop and grow sport in the north, “Working remotely requires a lot of motivation. Both students were totally engaged in the project from day one and proved that working long distance can be done successfully. Sport isn’t just playing a game. This is about connecting a community to sports.”