The Phil Hedges Award


Contribution to Guidance and Career Education


This award was first presented at by the OSCA Board of Directors at the annual conference in 2004, marking OSCA’s 40th anniversary.  It was named in honour of Phil Hedges, OSCA’s first Executive Director, to honour his significant contribution to Guidance and Career Education in the Province of Ontario and to honour his significant involvement with the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association.


This award will recognize the contributions to Guidance and Career Education by dedicated counsellors in the Province of Ontario.  An award will be given to one person from each of the six educational regions in the province, or up to a maximum of six qualifying nominees from across the province.  **Please refer to to determine which region each school board is included in.


  • The nominee should meet most of the following:

  • The candidate has been or is a member of OSCA

  • Must have a minimum of five years of Guidance and Career Education experience

  • Demonstrates dedication to delivery of a well-rounded Guidance and Career Education Program

  • Provides support and liaison to students, parents, staff and community partners

  • Contributes actively to building a positive school atmosphere

  • Aids students and parents in planning for success

  • Demonstrates the desire to be a team member and interacts with all staff members in a positive manner

  • Is a catalyst for success and high achievement for all students and ensures that high-risk students have all opportunities available to them

  • Promotes and improves local community links

  • Disseminates information on all pathways for students


  • The nominator must be an OSCA member and must complete the online nomination form.

  • The nomination should include a maximum one page substantiating statement.