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Ophea Legacy Funds

The Ophea Legacy Funds, exist to commemorate the contribution of leaders in the field of Health and Physical Education. 

Deb Courville Education Fund

Ophea’s first Legacy Fund, The Deb Courville Education Fund, was established in 2012 to honor Deb Courville and to provide an educational subsidy to support professional development opportunities for beginning teachers, defined as a person early in their teaching career or who is currently enrolled in a faculty of education pre-service program, with a passion for Health and Physical Education.

Deb Courville passed away in August, 2011. Deb was a passionate and committed leader who dedicated her professional life to the development of quality Health and Physical Education programming in the province of Ontario. Deb was honoured with Ophea’s Award of Distinction in 2006. Before her death, through a secondment to the Ministry of Education, Deb was the lead writer for the revised health and physical education curriculum for grades 9 to 12. Deb was a long term Ophea volunteer and advocate and we would like to honour her passion and dedication to the field of Health and Physical Education.

Deb had a particular interest in mentoring new leaders. Through her mentorship of others, she nurtured many young professionals to become our future provincial health and physical education leaders.

Through the Deb Courville Education Fund, we are working to provide an educational subsidy of $500 to support professional development opportunities for beginning teachers, defined as a person early in their teaching career or who is currently enrolled in a faculty of education pre-service program, with a passion for health and physical education.

To apply for the Deb Courville Education Fund

Don Young Innovator Fund

In July, 2014, we lost another of the great leaders in the field of Health and Physical Education, Don Young. Don taught physical education for 35 years in the London area.  Don was a true champion of health and physical education, and through his teaching and coaching enriched countless students’ love of being active.  Don was known for his innovative ideas related to the development and manufacturing of physical education equipment and for inspiring change across Ontario – striving to ensure kids everywhere were able to enjoy the benefits of physical activity and healthy living.  Don was a former Ophea President (1977) and was instrumental in formalizing the foundation for the organization.  Don was also the recipient of the Bing Caswell Award of Honour (now known as the Ophea Award of Distinction) (1982), for his leadership in the successful advancement of active, healthy living opportunities for children and youth in Ontario schools/communities.

Don used innovative concepts and ideas to motivate his students and other Health and Physical Education leaders across the province.  We are reaching out to you to help us continue Don’s work in this area.

Through the Don Young Innovator Fund, we are working to provide an educational subsidy of $500 to support professional development opportunities for an educator or public health professional who has demonstrated an innovative approach for motivating students and/or devising an innovative approach to instruction or program development related to Health and Physical Education. 

To apply for the Don Young Innovator Fund