Welcome Members

Membership and Association Information

Please use this link to submit Association Information for 2023-24

If you have yet to submit Association Information for the past year please use the same link.



Membership list (please resubmit for additional memberships purchased)

Meeting dates


Financial verification letter and financial statement

Association Bylaws (Association Bylaws Template)

After submitting your information online please mail the Association cheque to:

OFHSA 51 Stuart Street, Hamilton ON L8L1B5


For Association use:


OFHSA Membership List Explained!

Awards presented by OFHSA

This year OFHSA is going to focus on Students!

Please nominate a student that has gone above and beyond for their community!

OFHSA Citizenship Award

The Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations Inc. wishes to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional qualities in Citizenship. This award is for a student who demonstrates a concern for the betterment of society at school and in the community. This concern should be shown by having a helpful and considerate attitude towards classmates, teachers, and staff and by being involved in extracurricular activities, training programs and/or community service.


  • The Association must be in good standing
  • Previous Citizenship Award winners are not eligible
  • The student does not need to be the child of a Home and School member
  • Students must attend a school where there is an active Home and School Association

To be nominated the student must demonstrate some or all of the following:

  • A helpful and considerate, respectful attitude toward classmates, teachers and other staff.
  • An involvement in extracurricular activities.
  • An involvement in community activities and training programs.

In 1967, the Olive E. Glaubitz Awards were introduced.  Nine citizenship awards of $50.00 each were presented, to one student in each Home & School area in Ontario.  These awards were originally made possible through contributions from associations and councils in memory of Mrs. Glaubitz, a past-president of OFHSA, and they continued for a time through generous donations from her son.
The Citizenship Awards were reintroduced in 1981.  Eight provincial awards of $100.00 each for Grade 5 through Grade 12 were presented annually to students chosen from nominations submitted by school staff, the Home and School association or the student council.

Col. R. S. McLaughlin Memorial Award

This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to education by fostering co-operation between parents and teachers and by promoting understanding between the home and the school. This award is meant for Home & School members who have made a significant contribution to the Federation at the provincial level.  The nominees must be serving or have served a full term on a minimum of two of: Home & School Association executive, Home & School Council executive, a Regional Board executive, or the OFHSA Board of Directors as either an executive or on a Board of Directors committee.

The award was named the Col. R.S. McLaughlin Memorial Award to recognize an endowment from the McLaughlin family.  Mrs. McLaughlin served the Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations for many years, including as president from 1931 to 1936.

OFHSA Educator Award

This award was introduced in 1989-90 and is presented to an educator who has demonstrated in an exceptional way her or his support for parental involvement in education through the Home & School organizations.  Nominations may be submitted by Associations, Home & School Councils, Regional Boards, or the OFHSA Board of Directors.


Awards presented to Members

Volunteer Skills Portfolio (VSP)- Ada Courtice Certificate of Leadership and Learning and pin

Often Home and School members downplay the importance of the volunteer work they are doing and fail to recognize the skills that they are learning. This portfolio is meant to help individual Home and School members track their activities and earn recognition for their accomplishments. Through the Volunteer Skills Portfolio, members will recognize what they have achieved, appreciate an impressive skill set and use these talents to take on new challenges with confidence.

To complete the program, a member must participate in a minimum of 15 activities that combine communication, leadership, advocacy and community involvement. In order to receive the Ada Courtice Certificate of Leadership and Learning, the completed Record of Accomplishments must be submitted to OFHSA’s Awards Workgroup. Specific details are listed in the Volunteer Skills Portfolio.
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Volunteer Skills Portfolio

Association Life Membership

Council Life Membership

For an Association wishing to honour an Individual member for outstanding service.

Home & School Pins

Use pins to show recognition for volunteer Home & School members!
OFHSA offers a selection of membership pins and awards to members. OFHSA pins are worn proudly by members to show their support for OFHSA and its beliefs. This pin makes a wonderful thank you gift for members of your association or council or your principal or other supporter.Descriptions and pictures are in the OFHSA Resources and Recognition Pins list and order form

Home & School Life Memberships

Application forms for H&S Association and H&S Council Life Memberships are available in the “Resources and Forms” section of the For Members page.
Home & School Association Life Membership – $100

  • Includes certificate and 1/2” round pin (gold and blue)
  • Purchased by a H&S Association to show appreciation for a member, principal, staff member or another individual who has made a significant contribution to the association
  • The Life Member no longer has to pay the annual membership fee at that association and has full membership rights including voting and insurance privileges (this is an individual membership)

Home & School Council Life Membership – $100

  • Includes certificate and oval pin ( 7/16″ x 3/4 “)
  • Purchased by a H&S Council to show appreciation for an individual who has made a significant contribution to the council. This is a non-voting membership, but the individual may receive mailings as directed by the H&S Council.

OFHSA Resources and Recognition Pins list and order form

To order pins and/or Life Memberships contact:
Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations
51 Stuart Street
Hamilton ON L8L 1B5
905-308-9563 or info@ofhsa.on.ca

The proceeds from the sale of Home & School Life Memberships and pins support the OFHSA Citizenship Awards program.

Other Recognition of Achievements

Trillium Service Pin
This honour is given to a member of OFHSA who has given at least two years outstanding service to the OFHSA Board of Directors.
  • Jeweler’s quality, white enameled trillium with an amethyst above.
  • Used to show appreciation for efforts on the OFHSA Board of Directors.

Resources & Forms

Resources are available below or may be requested by contacting the Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations office.

OFHSA Constitution and Bylaws

OFHSA Resources and Recognition Pins list and order form

Staples Copy & Print Business Discount Program





OFHSA Insurance

When planning a H&S event or meeting a company or venue might ask for proof of Insurance. To receive a certificate of insurance please complete the form below and email the request to the OFHSA office at info@ofhsa.on.ca.

Please allow 2 weeks for processing.



OFHSA Membership Information


Translated Documents

Table of Contents

Click here for Translated Documents

With the assistance of two Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants from the Ministry of Education OFHSA was able to have documents translated into fourteen languages.

The documents: OFHSA Promotional brochure, You Asked about Membership, EQAO Information sheet and OSR Information sheet.

The languages: Arabic, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese.

In addition, the Liability Insurance Coverage brochure was translated into Arabic, French, Korean, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

  • These documents are available in electronic format and hard copy. Please contact the office.

OFHSA Conference 2024 Information

It’s time to register for OFHSA Conference 2024!

This year it’s all about taking care of ourselves (so that we can continue to do all the amazing work we do as volunteers). Learning to take time for ourselves, to relax, refresh, and renew, is something many volunteers struggle with, but is essential to keep from burning out.

Join us for a weekend of fun, learning, networking, and most importantly, some time to relax while hanging out with friends, old and new.

Please share this registration package with all Home and School Association members, and anyone else interested in attending.

Everyone is invited!

Registration info Package

Registration form

HSA summary form


How do you register?

Registration is all online, and can be found here. Make sure to forward a copy of your registration to your Association president, who will then send an Association Summary Form and Association cheque to OFHSA.

Is there a cost?

Attendees are responsible for the cost of meals and their accommodations. Meal selections, pricing and accommodation information are listed in this package.

Questions? Contact the Conference Planning Committee


Federation Board Meeting

Meeting Dates 2023-2024

  • July 14th
  • October 11th
  • November 24th
  • January 31st
  • April 10th
  • Annual Meeting April 27th

Officers & Finance Committee have monthly meetings