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 2018 nomination application form.
2017 Ophea Award Winners:
Award of Distinction: Margaret Good
Award for Outstanding Contribution (co-winners): Heather Gardner and Deborah Shackell
2017 Ophea Legacy Fund Winners:
Deb Courville Education Fund: Cara McLeod
The Don Young Innovator Fund: Was not awarded in 2017.
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
2017/18 School Year: 256 schools across Ontario completed the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process, making their school community a healthier place. Of those schools, 238 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.