Ontario parks association

Protecting Tomorrow Today®

Ontario Parks Association (OPA), established in 1936, is a non-profit charitable organization whose focus is on Protecting Tomorrow Today®. Through our work as advocates for our parks and open spaces and the training we provide to parks professionals in Ontario, we are helping to preserve our living green infrastructure assets for future generations. OPA is a proud member of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition. 



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Upcoming Events: OPA offers training sessions all across Ontario. Check out what sessions and events are coming to a town near you on our Calendar of Events page! (Click image above to read more)

Upcoming events

    • 21 Nov 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • 22 Nov 2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • Downsview HUB ~ 70 Canuck Ave, Toronto, M3K 2C5
    • 0

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    PARKS ORIENTED 2 DAY CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING


    The Department of Labour requires that all Parks Professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation.

     

    This two day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

     

    The course will cover:

    • Safety Regulations and PPE
    • Identify and inspect all chainsaw safety components
    • Inspection and adjustment of a chainsaw
    • Starting and stopping techniques
    • Safe handling of a chainsaw
    • Woodlot assessment and hazards
    • Felling techniques for trees greater then 5" dbh
    • Bucking and Limbing
    • Pole saw and cutting attachments
    • Competence test

    **PLEASE NOTE**

    PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE:

    Class E Type 2 helmet, hearing protection, gloves, eye protection, safety boots, full leg chaps or ballistic pants.


    Date:

    November 21 & 22, 2017


    Time:

    7:30am to 3:30pm



    Location:

    Downsview HUB
    70 Canuck Ave  ~ 1st Floor
    Toronto, ON M3K 2C5


    Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch both days.


    • 01 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9
    • 120
    62nd ANNUAL EDUCATION FORUM

    Date: 

    Thursday March 1, 2018


    Location: 

    Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre


    Registration opens: 

    December 1, 2017


    Event Details: 

    COMING SOON!!! Watch your email for education session and registration information.



    • 09 May 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Township of Severn - Coldwater Arena and Fairgrounds ~ 30 Michael Anne Drive Coldwater, ON L0K 1E0
    • 27
    Register

    BALL DIAMOND MAINTENANCE AND BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP

    Ball Diamond maintenance is a regular, necessary and costly procedure. Whether using stone dust, a mixture of clay, sand, original materials or the new diamond conditioners, amendments and materials, a similar process must be used. They all require regular grooming and good maintenance practices. This program will illustrate best practices and maintenance standards to your front line staff. A reasonable standard of maintenance is now a necessity because of risk management principles that indicate all diamonds should be maintained to a standard and level of acceptance equivalent to the municipalities around you. In the case of an incident, or an injury, that is what the lawyers are now using as a bench mark for a "standard of care".

    This course will cover:

    • Fundamentals of General Field Maintenance
    • Pitchers Mound Maintenance
    • A Front Line Worker's Role
    • Ball Diamond / Fields Checklist for Risk Management Objectives
    • Striping, Lining and Logos
    • Irrigation and Drainage on Infields
    • Dragging, Infield Grooming Practices and Equipment

    Date: Wednesday May 9, 2018

    Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Location:

    Coldwater Arena and Fairgrounds (In -Class: Community Hall in the arena)
    Township of Severn
    30 Michael Anne Drive 
    Coldwater, ON L0K 1E0

    Outdoor demonstration to take place at the Fairgrounds next door.

    OPA Member Price: $247.80
    Potential Member Price: $345.90

    **Lunch is not provided at this session please bring a bagged lunch**

    Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. 

    • 25 May 2018
    • 11:59 PM
    • OPA Foundation
    Register

    OPA Foundation Scholarship & Bursary Awards Program

    For detailed information on the available awards please visit the OPA Foundation section of our website. To check if you qualify for an OPAF award, please check hereApplications are due by midnight on Friday, May 25.

    All applicants will be evaluated based on the information provided in their application package by the OPA Foundation Award Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is comprised of a quorum of the Ontario Parks Association Foundation Board. All decisions made by the Selection Committee are considered final. Please note that incomplete applications will result in disqualification.

    Scholarship / Bursary Award Application Instructions:

    1. REGISTER ONLINE 

    Your first step is to complete the online registration form. Please note you do not need to apply for a scholarship and a bursary separately - only one application is required.

    Please ensure you complete the section at the bottom of the online registration page providing a budget for one year of study.

    2. ASSEMBLE YOUR DOCUMENTS PACKAGE

    Once the online registration is complete, please assemble and submit the following documents package and send via email (opa@ontarioparksassociation.ca) or snail mail (Ontario Parks Association Foundation, Bursary & Scholarship Committee, c/o Ontario Parks Association, 7856 5th Line South, Milton, ON L9T 2X8). 

    2.1 - PERSONAL LETTER 

    Please prepare a letter using the following bold, italicized statements as mandatory headings in your letter to introduce yourself to the Selection Committee. This information will form the context of your letter and will be evaluated by the Selection Committee.

    Outside Interests Related to Field of Study Provide background information about yourself that may relate to the academic program you have chosen.

    Involvement / Volunteerism in Community and/or Campus Activities – Please provide information about the activities have you been involved in that have helped to improve your community or campus.

    Future Involvement in Your Profession – Describe the direction you hope to pursue in your future career and any professional or academic plans you have to achieve your goals.

    2.2 - REFERENCE LETTERS 

    Please provide two reference letters: one from a professor or school administrator who can verify your academic level, leadership ability and contributions to the school program. A second letter from a non-academic reference (employer/personal reference/volunteer work) that outlines your abilities and personality traits. Please note that letters must be dated within the past two years.

    2.3 - CURRENT RESUME

    Please submit a copy of your current resume.

    2.4 - APPLICATION JUSTIFICATION

    On a separate page entitled “Application Justification” please provide:

    1. A brief description of your personal effort to earn tuition and any financial support you have received.
    2. A brief description of your anticipated costs required by your program of study.
    3. A closing statement as to why you are a deserving student,

    2.5 - TRANSCRIPT

    If second term grades are not finalized please submit grades from first term that are final. Final transcripts can be forwarded after the deadline date to the Selection Committee by no later than Friday, May 25Website transcripts are acceptable, provided that the website transcript is accompanied by letter grade or grade point average conversion to percentage grade.

    Please note that applications and transcripts can be submitted separately. Applications should be submitted as early as possible, with transcripts being sent as soon as they are available, but by May 25th at the latest. 

    Please read our COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION PRIVACY STATEMENT.pdf.

    Please review the CONSENT TO RELEASE OF INFORMATION FORM.pdf.

    If you have any questions or issues regarding the application process please contact opa@ontarioparksassociation.ca. 


7856 5th Line South, Milton, ON L9T 2X8 opa@ontarioparksassociation.ca 
Charitable Tax Number: 127257509RR0001


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