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Statement of Volunteer Involvement

Member volunteers are essential to the work and vision of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. They provide their experience, expertise and passion to support and strengthen the Association and the profession. At all levels of involvement, internal or external to OPA, member volunteers are vital to achieving the goals of the Association. Recognizing volunteers as an invaluable resource, OPA’s leadership and staff are committed to providing volunteers with ongoing support to ensure that volunteers are confident and successful in their roles. OPA members have access to meaningful volunteer opportunities and resources that help them, not only throughout their volunteer involvement with the Association, but in their continued growth and development as leaders in the profession.

(OPA Board of Directors, 2016)


  • Give back to your community
  • Acquire new skills in public speaking
  • Present to stakeholders
  • Research and report writing
  • Advocacy and marketing
  • Acquire team leadership skills

In addition, you can volunteer within the Association through Committees or as a member of the Board of Directors, and during our annual conference, InterACTION.

Volunteer Opportunities

Health Equity and Action Transformation Conference – AOHC conference

June 13-14, 2018
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel – 9005 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill

Want to help promote physiotherapy in primary health care? OPA is exhibiting at the Association of Ontario Health Centers (AOHC) conference, Health Equity Action and Transformation on June 13 and 14. This is a primary health care conference to promote the best possible health and well being for everyone in Ontario.

The Association is looking for physiotherapists working in primary health care to volunteer at the OPA booth to share information and answer questions about their work and about the role of physiotherapy in primary health care. If you interested in this opportunity, please contact Leigh Anne by Friday, May 25.

Special Olympics: Healthy Athletes Screening

Wednesday May 30, 2018
Annual School Championships
Trent University, Peterborough

Special Olympics Ontario will be hosting their annual School Championships in Peterborough this May. This exciting event brings together over 900 high-school aged athletes with an intellectual disability to compete in five different sports. Athletes will have the opportunity to learn about health initiatives and receive free healthcare screenings as part of the Healthy Athletes (HA) program. Special Olympics Ontario is in need of student and clinical volunteers to assist in administering these screenings. A free lunch and volunteer shirt will be provided. Volunteers will receive training on the morning of the event on how to collect data and administer screenings.

FUNfitness is the physical therapy discipline of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes. FUNfitness screens athletes for flexibility of hamstring, calf, shoulder rotator and hip flexor muscles; functional strength of the abdominal and lower extremity muscles; and balance.

If you are interested in volunteering, please register here. Questions can be directed to Karla Williams, Program Developer: Health and Leadership at karlaw@specialolympicsontario.com.

Special Olympics Ontario – Healthy Athletes Program

Special Olympics Ontario is looking for physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants interested in being part of the Healthy Athletes Program. Healthy Athletes organizes health screening events to educate athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and identify problems that may need additional follow-up. Specifically, the Healthy Athletes program is looking for PTs and PTAs to take on the role of Clinical Directors. Clinical Directors are trained by Special Olympics International and are only required to commit to 1-2 screening events a year (with a three year commitment). If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Karla Williams, Program Developer for Health Programs at Special Olympics Ontario at karlaw@specialolympicsontario.com.

If you are interested in the program, but cannot commit to being trained as a Clinical Director, consider volunteering at FUNFitness events. FUNFitness is the physical therapy component of Healthy Athletes designed to assess and improve an athlete’s flexibility, functional strength, aerobic capacity and balance. These screenings also educate participants, families and coaches. These volunteer opportunities are open to all members, including PT and PTA students. Complete the general volunteer form here: http://forms.specialolympicsontario.com/view.php?id=311422.

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