In 1985, Field Hockey Ontario (FHO) was incorporated. FHO was an amalgamation of Ontario Women's Field Hockey Association (OWFHA) and the Ontario Field Hockey Association (OFHA). At the point of amalgamation, OWFHA had $60,000 which was given to the new organization FHO to be kept for use in the promotion of women's field hockey in Ontario. These funds were held in various financial instruments. In 2006, $24,000 of these funds were used to cover emergency expenses for FHO. At a Special Meeting on April 30, 2011, the membership approved restoring these funds to $60,000. FHO was directed to create a Terms of Reference for the use of these funds. At the 2011 FHO AGM, the initial three women committee was approved and given direction to amend the draft Terms of Reference and disburse funds in accordance to these Terms of Reference. The amended Terms of Reference to be submitted to FHO Board of Directors upon completion. The initial committee appointed were Ann Doggett, Ruth Hibbard, and Janine La Marre. The initial committee was to disburse $1200 prior to the end of the 2011/2012 FHO fiscal year. The initial $1200 disbursement was to be part of FHO’s operating budget and not part of the fund. This was deemed to be interest for the borrowing of said funds in 2006.
Any current members of FHO that identify as female may apply for financial assistance
Players, coaches, and officials receiving Quest for Gold or any other form of financial assistance from FHO, Jumpstart, KidSport, Ministry responsible for sport, FHC, Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO), or Sport Canada cannot use the funds for the same purpose (i.e., if a coach received funding from the CAO or FHO to put towards NCCP certification, they can still receive funding to offset the cost of FIH or other development activities).
Assistance may be requested to cover the cost of a course, conference fees, air fare, provincially or nationally run training sessions, or training or identification camp levies
The committee will consider requests from female players, female coaches, female officials, and female club administrators and associates
Applicant must express financial need
Individual applicants will be considered based on how they will utilize their past experience to promote further development within their coaching, officiating, or playing careers
Club administrators or associates applying on behalf of their sponsored member will be considered based on the development of new players, coaches, officials, and programs
Applicants should indicate how their skill/training/education/volunteering will promote the development of field hockey in Ontario
Successful applicants may not apply again for three (3) years from receipt of funds
Individuals who identify as male are not eligible to receive funds
Players must include a letter of recommendation from their club, high school, or university head coach or provincial coach
Coaches must include a letter of recommendation from their club or school administrator
Officials must include a letter of recommendation from the host event in which they have been invited to and they are applying for funding to attend, the club administration for which you are associated with, or from FHO’s Coaches and Officials Committee
Administrators and associates must include a letter of recommendation from a club president/chair, or in the case of the president applying, the vice chair or treasurer
Applications must include a link to the course or conference, or an outline of expected purchases or payments for equipment, grassroot programming fees, participation fees, air fare, provincially or nationally run training sessions, or an invitation to a training or identification camp
In 2022, the bursary is a maximum of $930. The committee may decide to award multiple bursaries, but the accumulated total may not exceed the maximum.
The committee may request the successful applicant(s) to share knowledge gained at a meeting, conference, or event with other members or complete reports to FHO and the Committee
Successful applicant(s) must submit receipts of payment for course, conference fees, air fare, provincially or nationally run training sessions, or training or identification camp levies
Wednesday, June 15th, 2022: Application Form Opens
Saturday, April 25th, 2022 at Noon (11:59pm) : Application Form Closes
Friday, July 15th, 2022: Recipient(s) Announced
Payment to successful applicant(s) will be made after receipt of costs/completion of the event is received
Dana Hetherton (Board of Directors Representative), Diane Huneault, Catherine Croucher, and Amy Ware
Please access the 1985 Fund for Women Award Application for 2022 here: The 2022 Application.
Denise Pelletier – support for expenses to umpire at an international tournament
Malinda Hapuarachchi – support for registration expense for Competition Intro Coach Course
Rebecca Carvalho – support to attend a national Junior Women’s ID camp in BC
Dallas Cochran – support to attend a national Junior Women’s ID camp in BC
Margaret Pham – support to attend a national Junior Women’s ID camp in BC
Jaslan Stirling – support to attend a national Junior Women’s ID camp in BC
Melanie Simourd - support for coaching certification course
Mia Fitzpatrick - support for the cost of the coach portfolio and certification evaluation
Andrea Lown - support for the cost of the coach portfolio and certification evaluation
Sophia Petit Garcia - support for fees and expenses to attend the FHO Talent ID Camp
Rachelle Seguin - support for the cost of the coach portfolio and certification evaluation
Harnoor Malhi - support for the fees and expenses of a Team Canada athlete.