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2018 Coaching Excellence Award Recipient Dawn Manerowski

Monday, September, 24, 2018

National Coaches Week kicks off in Ontario at the 2018 Coaching Excellence Awards 

The fourth annual National Coaches Week officially kicked off here in Ontario this past Saturday as coaches from across Ontario were recognized and celebrated at the 2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards. 

Athletes, fans and family members eagerly lined up to see their favourite coach walk the red carpet at the screening of the 2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards. As they watched their coaching story unfold on the big screen, one by one the coaches gave a heart-felt acceptance speech, thanking their families for the support to pursue their passion. 

For 12 years, the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Program has been celebrating the dedication and commitment of exemplary individuals who inspire, innovate and share knowledge of sport with others. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all integral to great coaching. 

Selected by OFSAA, the 2018 female recipient of the "Coaching Excellence Award in the School Sport Category" is:

 Dawn Manerowski - School Sport Coach (Female), O'Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Oshawa  

Dawn is regarded by her co-workers and peers as an outstanding physical education teacher, coach, mentor and leader for young women in sport at O'Neill and within LOSSA. While coaching several different sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer), Dawn's main passion is with girls rugby. The sport has become a source of pride at the school and it has consistently been the sport with the highest female participation rate at the school. She has instilled a culture of respect, hard work, commitment and accountablility. Her teams have been highly-competitive and have been rewarded with playoff appearances and championships but her focus has always been getting young woman involved in sport for the love of the game.

Here are just a few quotes from students that Dawn has taught and the influence she has had during their high school sport experience:

"Regardless of your size, gender, body type, every student of hers are equal."

"She inspires women so that they can tackle all the obstacles, even in the hardest situations."

"Mrs. Manerowski empowers and motivates all young females rugby players at O'Neill. With her help we can reach our full potential."

OFSAA salutes Dawn for her incredible commitment and dedication to school sport. Congratulations!

Learn more about Dawn's dedication by viewing this short video here.

The event also marks the start of National Coaches Week (September 22-30), a celebration of the tremendous positive impact coaches have on this nations’ athletes and communities. The week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach.

OFSAA congratulates all of the award winners and coaches across Ontario for their commitment and dedication to ensuring Canadians live an active and healthy lifestyle. For more information on the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards and how to nominate a coach in the future, visit www.coachesontario.ca/awards. 

The Coaches Association of Ontario is a non-profit coach-led organization that strengthens development opportunities and provides educational resources for coaches. The CAO promotes coaching ethics and ensures the wider community recognizes the vital role of the coach in the development of sport at all levels. 


September Bulletin (2018)

Friday, September, 7, 2018

Wondering about when and where the OFSAA Championships are happening in 2018-19? This info and much more can be found now in the 2018 fall edition of The Bulletin. We have you covered in this latest issue!

Be sure to find your printed magazine at your school soon or simply go online here to catch up on OFSAA programs, Championship reviews from this past spring, important dates ahead in the school year, and student recognition, among other newsworthy items.

New editions of The Bulletin are published in September, January and June.

2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards (Sept. 22)

Tuesday, August, 28, 2018

Celebrate the dedication and commitment of exemplary men and women who coach in Ontario at the 2018 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards on September 22. Innis Town Hall Theatre in Toronto will be the site as the coaching stars will be recognized. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all integral to great coaching.

OFSAA is responsible for the selection of a male and a female coach in the School Sport category. This award is open to active teacher-coaches with a minimum of five years coaching experience. The nominated coach will have influenced the development of new coaches and have shown evidence of program building as well as encouraging athletes to give back to sports.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to celebrate coaching in Ontario!

Learn more about the event and get up to speed on how you can secure tickets by clicking here.

Brian Maxwell Scholarship Recipients Honoured

Tuesday, August, 14, 2018

York Downs Golf and Country Club in Unionville was the site of the 2018 OFSAA/Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship Fund Luncheon on August 10.

The deserving recipients were presented with commemorative OFSAA plaques from Fund Founder Don Corbett. Event organizer, Fund Director and emcee Wayne Haymer introduced each of the recipients and OFSAA Executive Director Doug Gellatly made opening remarks. Congratulations to student-athletes Nicholas Bannon, Hanna Jodoin, Erik Ohrling, Sandra Bujic, Alec Purnell and Chloe  Walker!

A special thank you to the parents and family members of the winners for making the time and effort to attend the event from across the province.

For more information on the Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship Fund and a listing of previous recipients, please go to http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/programs/scholarships/brian-maxwell-memorial.

To learn more about the academic and athletic accomplishments of the 2018 student-athlete honourees, please go to http://ofsaa.on.ca/node/4411.

Pictured (L-R), Nicholas Bannon, Hanna Jodoin, Erik Ohrling, Alec Purnell. Unable to attend the event, Sandra Bujic and Chloe Walker.

Don't Miss Out On A CIOS Workshop!

Wednesday, July, 18, 2018

What is OFSAA's Coaching in Ontario Schools (CIOS) Workshop?

CIOS is a program developed by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations to give teacher-coaches and community volunteer coaches the special skill-set they need to coach effectively in the school environment. The three and a half hour course is NCCP accredited, and participants will also receive an OFSAA Certificate of Completion. It also provides 3 PD points to maintain NCCP certification.

The workshop is led by a NCCP trained Learning Facilitator and combines information required by coaches of beginner to intermediate athletes with skills they specifically need to work with student-athletes in the school environment.

Why should you host an NCCP/OFSAA CIOS Workshop?

Over 200,000 students participate in high school sports, with 25,000 coaches providing quality athletic programs in our secondary schools.

OFSAA's CIOS is a beneficial resource for coaches.

CIOS provides:

*NCCP Accreditation

*Introduction to Ophea Safety Guidelines

*Stronger knowledge of OFSAA policies and procedures

*Understanding of school sport philosophy

*Understanding/overview of CS4L


LEARN MORE ABOUT CIOS here:  http://ofsaa.on.ca/programs/coaching-ontario-schools-cios

For additional information about how you can host or attend a CIOS Workshop, please contact:

Denise Perrier, Manager of Programs at OFSAA, denise@ofsaa.on.ca, (416) 426-7436

Transfer Policy Dates Are Set

Tuesday, June, 19, 2018

Please click the link below to find the Deadline For Applications and the Meeting Dates for 2018-19.

OFSAA will be hosting a transfer policy workshop on September 14 in the GTA. This is ideal for association transfer chairs, association executives, athletic coordinators, school athletic directors or anyone involved transfer policy decisions. Contact Doug Gellatly at doug@ofsaa.on.ca for more information.


2018 Alumni Scholarship Recipients

Friday, June, 15, 2018

This year, OFSAA’s Alumni Scholarship Association is awarding two $500 scholarships to deserving students from this year’s eligible Associations.  (CISAA, GHAC, NCSSAA & NWOSSAA). The Alumni Scholarship Association Selection Committee is pleased to announce that Sarah Martin from Redeemer Christian HS in Ottawa (NCSSAA) and Ben Zwolak from Cardinal Newman CSS in Stoney Creek (GHAC)  are this year’s recipients.

Sarah is a grade 12 student and is a six-sport athlete at Redeemer Christian who participated in  basketball, volleyball, golf, badminton, soccer and track & field during her high school career. She was also heavily involved in Student Council, Intramurals, Chapel and Girls’ Bible Study Activities as well as community events like the Metro Hoops Basketball Camp and the Ugandan Mile Fundraising campaign that raised $20000 for homeless boys’ this year alone. In her personal statement Sarah stated that “it has been through the support of my dedicated parents, teachers and friends that I have been able to achieve so much and receiving this award would be for them too.”  Sarah is an 85% + student as well and will be studying Nursing at the University of Ottawa in the fall. Please see Sarah's photo below.

Also a grade 12 student at Cardinal Newman, Ben is an excellent student as well, achieving an 87% average in his Grade 12 courses.  Ben will be studying Education at McGill University in the fall and will be a welcome addition to the teaching profession when he is done.  A five-sport athlete who played football, basketball, touch football, baseball and badminton, Ben used his significant organizational skills to be involved in many community related events as well. Activities like Newman feeder school basketball, Special Olympics, OFSAA Soccer, and Newman Youth Basketball, are just a few of the many volunteer roles that Ben undertook during his time at Cardinal Newman. During both the 2016 and 2017 school years, Ben was also part of a group that travelled to the Dominican Republic to build homes for citizens in need. Please see Ben's photo below.

Recipient Sarah Martin (far right)

Recipient Ben Zwolak (centre)

What People Are Saying About "The School Sport Effect" Video Series

Thursday, June, 14, 2018

What People Are Saying...

OFSAA is extremely pleased with the positive response to our recently-released four video series - The School Sport Effect. With the assistance of CLARK Marketing Communications, the project was led by OFSAA's Advocacy Committee. We welcome more feedback on this initiative and we hope that the videos will be utilized at school events, banquets or meetings led by school administrators, teacher-coaches and boards of education members. 


June Bulletin (2018)

Friday, June, 1, 2018

The 2018 spring edition of The Bulletin is now available!

Be sure to find your printed magazine at your school soon or simply go online here to catch up on the 2018-19 Championship Calendar, OFSAA programs, Championship reviews from this past winter, important dates ahead in the school year, and student recognition, among other newsworthy items.

New editions of The Bulletin are published in September, January and June.

2018 OFSAA Character Athlete Awards

Friday, June, 1, 2018

OFSAA's Character Athlete Award celebrates the efforts of the exceptional student-athletes in Ontario who best exemplify the characteristics that OFSAA is founded on.

Nominations come to the OFSAA office detailing the exceptional character of student-athletes from across the province. This year's recipients inspire those around them with their involvement on the playing field and in the classroom, in both school and community.

To learn more about the award and the process to apply please go to http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/recognition/scholarships/character-athlete-award

Selecting just one female and one male winner from the over 50 submissions is a difficult task, but these two individuals stood out for their commitment to OFSAA's values of leadership, equity, respect and sportsmanship. Each winner will receive a $1,000 grant from Jostens and a commemorative plaque to recognize this outstanding achievement.

2017-18 Female Recipient:


Chloe is a grade 11 student at Leamington District Secondary School in Leamington, Ontario.

In just her first three years in high school, Chloe’s accomplishments in the community and her school’s athletic program are extremely impressive. In early May, she won gold in the C Flight at OFSAA Badminton and she is a member of the school’s strong softball team this spring.

Chloe’s standout play on the Junior and Senior Volleyball team earned her the Rising Star Award in Grade 9 and Team Captain and Sportsmanship Award in Grade 10.

Chloe excels at badminton. She went undefeated in Girls Doubles in Grade 10 and won county ECSSAA/SWOSSAA in Grade’s 9 and 10. For her performance and dedication, she earned the MVP Award in both Grade 9 and 10 and she was also named the school’s Junior Female Athlete of the Year in 2017.

As a student on the honour roll, Chloe has the following certifications: Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross, Bronze Medallion, Standard First Aid, Emergency First Aid, High Five—Principals of Healthy Child Development, Pleasure Craft Operators (Boating), NCCP course coaching athletes with disabilities and Ontario Baseball Umpire Level 2.3.

Chloe currently serves on the Corporation of the Municipality of Leamington’s Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee as the voice of youth and Youth Empowerment. Chloe volunteers weekly with the Special Olympics Ontario local swim team and she works part-time as a Youth Program staff member with the Corporation of the Town of Leamington. Chloe has also participated in the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada walk for several years. 

A member of the NCCP, Chloe has completed the Coaching Athletes with Disability course and she serves as a volunteer coach for the Leamington-Essex Warriors Special Olympics swim team.

Congratulations on the OFSAA Character Athlete Award for 2017-18, Chloe!


2017-18 Male Recipient:


Ben is a grade 12 student at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

Ben has been an active participant across several sports throughout his high school career.

After playing for the Midget basketball team, Ben would go on to play Junior and Senior football, basketball and badminton. His athletic prowess led him to a spot on the Varsity baseball and touch football squads as well.

In the community, Ben is a two-year member of a program called D.R.E.A.M.S. (Dominican Republic Educational and Medical Supplies). Ben and this student group made two trips to rural Dominican Republic and provided building supplies and helped in the building a home for a needy family.

Ben is an enthusiastic coach/manager of the Special Olympics program. Here he has forged friendships with the school’s students with developmental exceptionalities by attending events and coaching the school’s Special Olympians.

Ben takes time out to coach a youth house league team in the school’s Saturday Newman Youth Basketball program and he is also a Summer Camp Counsellor at Cardinal Newman. He also holds this role at two other local community summer camps.

Ben’s leadership was recognized in 2017 when he was the recipient of the Jeff Dickins Memorial Award. This distinction was earned from his excellence in sport, the classroom and in the community.

An honour roll student in each year of high school, Ben is a reliable volunteer as a referee for feeder school tournaments.  

Congratulations on the OFSAA Character Athlete Award for 2017-18!





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