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Awards & Recognition


Ophea awards recognize outstanding contributions to the fields of child and youth health, physical activity, and H&PE.

Ophea believes it is a priority to recognize excellence in the field by honouring distinguished individuals and organizations for their significant achievements. The following awards are presented annually:

  • Award of Distinction: Is presented to an individual who is a leader in the successful advancement of active, healthy living opportunities for children and youth in Ontario schools and/or communities.
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution: Recognizes an individual, group, or organization for their exemplary contribution to the lives of children and youth in the areas of health and physical education, health and physical activity promotion, advocacy, and/or community development.

Interested in nominating an individual or organization for their significant achievements in the field? Access the hyperlinked award title listed above to download a 2017 nomination application form. 

2016 Ophea Award Winners:

Award of Distinction: Brenda Whitteker 
Award for Outstanding Contribution (co-winners):
Carolyn Temertzoglou and Dave Lyons 

2016 Ophea Legacy Fund Winners:

Deb Courville Education Fund (co-winners)Natasha Davey and Jillian Janzen 

The Don Young Innovator Fund: Petja Tavaissalo 



Ophea believes that positive role models who exhibit passion, integrity, professionalism and a commitment to healthy active living are necessary to achieving our goals.


The Ophea Board of Directors and Management team believe that volunteers and contributors provide the organization with skills, talents and perspectives that are essential to our vitality and sustainability, and recognize the significant contribution volunteers make to the organization.

Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification

2015/16 School Year: 113 schools across Ontario completed the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process, making their school community a healthier place. Of those schools, 107 achieved enough points for gold, silver, or bronze certification.

These schools demonstrated innovative approaches to promoting health in their school community, with a strong emphasis on student engagement and community partnerships.

To view a list of the 113 certified & participating schools click here.