Each year the Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations Inc. recognizes students who demonstrate the qualities of leadership, congeniality and a willingness to serve the community. The award program is open to students from across Ontario, who are attending schools with active Home & School Associations. These students demonstrate their concern for the betterment of society – both in their school and in the wider community. OFHSA CITIZENSHIP AWARD winners are chosen because of their demonstrated true thoughtfulness of the needs of others. These students are helpful and considerate, and show respect to their classmates and teachers. They are involved in extracurricular activities, contribute to community service organizations and participate in training programs.
Since 1981, eight provincial awards of $100.00 each for Grade 5 through Grade 12 are presented annually to students chosen from nominations submitted by associations on behalf of students and the support of principals, teachers and community members. These awards are supported by the funds received for Life Memberships presented by H&S Associations and H&S Councils.
Teachers and principals see the value in these awards as they are willing to take time to assist with submissions. In some schools a staff member is appointed to be the “OFHSA Awards Chair” and ensure nominations are filled out and submitted by the deadline. As would be expected it is often reported that the task of singling out one student per grade is difficult. The Citizenship Award winners are invited to attend the OFHSA Awards Banquet where they are introduced and presented with their awards. This is a proud moment for the students, their families and their teachers. OFHSA is very pleased to be able to provide this awards program.