Welcome to the new school year!
It is with great pride that I assume the role of President of OFSAA in 2023. I have been fortunate to have athletics as a large part of my personal and professional life, and know the valuable role that sports have played in creating the person I am today. I am even more privileged to be able to lead OFSAA through its 75th Anniversary this year. What a remarkable history to recognize!
Please keep an eye out for a number of events and activities, listed below, to salute and celebrate the history of OFSAA and the people who have made it what it is today.
I am currently a Vice Principal at Dundas Valley Secondary School, which brings me full circle as I started high school there when it was Highland, many years ago. In my 26 plus years in education, I have always been an advocate and supporter of Sports and Physical Education, but I have always held student-athletes accountable for their academic responsibilities. OFSAA’s “Education Through School Sport” motto is the ultimate goal. We strive to develop great students, athletes, and people who excel in areas of leadership, equity, diversity, inclusivity, integrity and respect, in addition to their athletic skills.
To the athletes and teams, I wish you all the best in your seasons and hope you achieve great success, be that in your league or at an OFSAA event. I encourage students and teachers to “participate to celebrate” our anniversary with a fun, collective school activity for OFSAA DAY on April 24.
Always remember to represent your school, community and most of all, yourself, with pride and sportsmanship!
Assist Us In Celebrating Our 75th Anniversary!
OFSAA’ s 75th Anniversary Planning Committee is excited to share the following plans which will be put in motion for the 2023-24 school year.
• Thursday, April 18, 2024 – 75th Luncheon for current and past OFSAA dignitaries at the OFSAA Annual Meeting in Toronto. By Invitation Only.
• Wednesday, April 24, 2024 – With the support from the Ministry of Education, OFSAA DAY will take place in 400 schools. This will replace OFSAA TRY DAY for the 2023-24 school year only. Learn more at ofsaa.on.ca in the coming weeks.
• OFSAA will salute past team and individual achievements on its digital channels throughout the school year.
• Commemorative lanyards and decals have been produced for championship/festival events. Each school will receive a small supply of decals in the Fall Bulletin mailing.
• Random coaches – by way of a draw – will receive a complimentary gift at each championship/festival.
• A special, short video – “Celebrating 75 Years” – will be shown at all banquets this year.
• “75th Anniversary” clothing and merchandise items will be available online at The OFSAA SHOP by visiting ofsaa.on.ca/shop.
• OFSAA encourages the 18 Associations to plan special activities in their own local region as a way of recognizing the volunteers, athletes, coaches and officials who have contributed to the legacy of high school sport in Ontario.