Ophea’s work takes place on traditional Indigenous territories across Ontario. Ophea’s head office is located on the traditional Indigenous territory of the Wendat, Anishnaabek (Ah-nish-in-a-bek), the Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-no-show-nee), Mississaugas of the New Credit Nation, and the Métis Nation. We recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous Peoples on this land and we are grateful to have the opportunity to meet and work on this territory.
Our vision is that children and youth value and enjoy the benefits of healthy, active living. Since 1921, we have worked in partnership with school boards, public health, government, non-government organizations and companies to develop groundbreaking programs and services. Ophea (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association) is a registered provincial charity.
We are leaders
We champion healthy, active living in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships and advocacy.
We are connectors
We have established relationships within the Ontario education and public health sectors. We work with and support:
- Teachers in all 5,000 publicly funded schools
- Education leaders in all 72 English and French school boards
- Health professionals in all 34 public health units
- Pre-service teachers in all 13 provincially recognized faculties of education
We are providers
We are the best known organization for supporting the implementation of health and wellness initiatives in Ontario schools (Environics, 2017).