Recognition and Awards


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

The Ophea Board of Directors and staff 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.  


Each year Ophea recognizes the exemplary contributions of leaders in the field of child and youth health and wellbeing.    

There are thousands of educators across Ontario’s school communities who exhibit the passion, integrity, professionalism and commitment to inclusive healthy, active living that impact the lives of millions of children and youth each day.  

  • Award of Distinction is presented to one individual who is a leader in the meaningful advancement of inclusive healthy, active living opportunities for children and youth in Ontario school 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 inclusive health and physical education, health and physical activity promotion, advocacy, and/or community development.  Most years, only one Award for Outstanding Contribution is awarded, however, if a second individual, group or organization is worthy, up to two may be awarded. 

Please send the completed Nomination Package to with the email subject: Ophea Awards Nominations by September 16th, 2022