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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.


2019 Ophea Award Winners:

Award of Distinction: Dr. James Mandigo

Award for Outstanding Contribution: Lara Paterson and Dave Inglis

2019 Ophea Legacy Fund Winner:

Deb Courville Education Fund: Andréanne Lortie and Dominique Thibault

The Don Young Innovator Fund: Tyler Greenwood



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

2018/19 School Year: 274 schools across Ontario completed the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process, making their school community a healthier place. These schools demonstrated innovative approaches to promoting health in their school community, with a strong emphasis on student engagement and community partnerships. View a list of the 274 certified & participating schools.