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The Ontario Parks Association Foundation (OPAF) is a registered charitable organization (Registered Number: 891191777 RR001) incorporated in 1987 to further education through related technology in the field of public parks within the Province of Ontario. Our goal is to raise funds to assist deserving students enrolled in post-secondary education studying in the parks, horticulture, environmental or other related fields.


  • Assist students in funding education requirements
  • Create social networking venues for persons involved in or with an interest in parks, horticulture and the environment that support fundraising activities of the Foundation
  • Develop and implement an investment and management strategy that will ultimately allow the OPAF Bursary and Scholarship Fund to become self-sustaining (i.e. investment gain will support payouts in perpetuity). Additional bursaries and scholarships may be added once the fund is self-sustaining
  • Increase the profile of the OPAF with the members of the OPA, post-secondary schools and students
  • Establish annual award targets for five year periods with annual review
  • Support goals and objectives of the Ontario Parks Association (OPA)

Scholarship & Bursary Awards:

Click the image above to learn more about the OPAF bursaries and scholarships.

Meet the OPAF Board: Click the image above to meet the hard working people who make up the OPAF Board of Directors.

Dave Gower Memorial Golf Tournament: Details on the 2020 event coming soon!

Contact Information

c/o Ontario Parks Association

60 Water Street North,

Cambridge ON N1R 3B1

Telephone: (905) 864-6182
Toll Free: 1 (866) 560-7783
Email: opaf@ontarioparksassociation.ca

The Ontario Parks Association Foundation Honour Roll

May be awarded to an individual, organization or corporate entity who has made an exemplary contribution to The Ontario Parks Association Foundation and its objectives.

Those eligible are any individual, organization or corporate entity meeting the award criteria. Nominations may be made to the Ontario Parks Association Awards Chair in writing by any member of the Foundation* and must be seconded by an additional member. Selection of those to be included in the Honour Roll shall be determined by a majority vote of the Foundation Board. Awarding of Honour Roll status will be made annually at the Ontario Parks Association Awards Banquet. Additions to the Honour Roll need not be made in any given year.

Click here to complete The Annual Awards Nomination Form. 

*All current OPA members are automatically members of the Foundation (OPAF By-Law 2003-1).

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