Welcome Members

Thanks to all that attended Conference 2018!

Thames Valley Council of Home & School Associations thank all members and vendors that participated in What’s Your Superpower Conference on April 27 and 28th 2018.

Hamilton-Wentworth Council will be heading up the Conference Planning Workgroup for the 2019 Conference and Annual Meeting.

We guarantee that you will return home with inspiring thoughts, attitudes and ideas to support “The Best for Each Student”.

Save the Date will be coming soon!

 

 

2017 OFHSA Conference

“Kate and I had a wonderful time at the recent OFHSA Conference in London. It was our honour and pleasure to work with the Board as well as the enthusiastic delegates of this event. We were most impressed with the warm reception we received, and were struck by how positive the delegates spoke about the important work they do on a daily basis to enrich the lives of kids in our schools. Clearly, the Home and School Association seems well positioned to support schools and students as it moves into its next 100 years of service!”

  • Wayne Jones, Conference keynote speaker.

Awards presented by OFHSA

 

Citizenship Award

In April 2018 the OFHSA Board of Directors approved an Ad Hoc Committee to create a new method of promoting citizenship with our students, with a report due November 2018 and a newly developed award be presented in 2019.

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  These awards were originally made possible through contributions from associations and councils in memory of Mrs.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 and continue to be presented.  Eight provincial awards of $100.00 each for Grade 5 through Grade 12 are presented annually to students chosen from nominations submitted by school staff, the Home and School association or the student council. These awards are supported by the funds received for Life Memberships presented by Associations and Home & School Councils.

 

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 Information sheet

 

 

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.
Get started! Return a completed Registration Form to the OFHSA office. Once received, a Volunteer Skills Portfolio will be sent to the member.

Volunteer Skills Registration

Volunteer Skills Portfolio

 

Association Life Membership

Council Life Membership

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

 

H&S Pin
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.

Resources & Forms

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

OFHSA Resources and Recognition Pins list and order form

 

Staples Copy & Print Business Discount Program

Videos

Templates

Guidelines

Finance

 

Membership

 

Brochures

 

Information Sheets

 

Translated Documents

Table of Contents

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.

Home & School Pins

Use pins to show recognition for volunteer Home & School members!
OFHSA offers a selection of membership pins and awards to members. Descriptions and pictures are in the Recognizing Outstanding Service brochure.

 

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 – $50

  • 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 – $50

  • 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.

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 Recognitions of Achievements

Ada Courtice Certificate of Leadership and Learning

  • Presented to a Home & School member who has completed the requirements of the Volunteer Skills Portfolio program.
  • Completed the minimum 15 activities (with at least 3 in each category).
  • Verified by that member’s Association, H&S Council or Regional Board.
  • The program is administered and certificates are issued by the OFHSA Awards Workgroup.

Trillium Service Pin

  • Jeweller’s quality, white enamelled trillium with an amethyst above.
  • Used to show appreciation for efforts on the OFHSA Board of Directors.

Association Mailings

October 2018 Association Mailing

 

August 2018 Association Mailing

Membership Kit

July 2018 Association Mailing

June 2018 Association Mailing

May 2018 Association Mailing

April 2018 Association Mailing

March 2018 Association Mailing

Annual Meeting Documents

February 2018 Association Mailing

January 2018 Association Mailing

December 2017 Association Mailing

November 2017 Association Mailing

October 2017 Association Mailing

September 2017 Association Mailing