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Awards & Bursaries

HEO has announced the winners of their annual awards and recipients of the educational bursaries for 2021.

HEO Vaccination Policy

Please visit the link below to view the HEO Vaccination Policy and related documents.

Our Game is Back

Registration information for the 2021-2022 Season

Hockey Canada Assist Fund

Applications are now being accepted for the Hockey Canada Assist Fund.

The New HCR 3.0

The New Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) is here
Check out the steps required to create your new account.

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Volunteer Screening

HEO Volunteer Screening Toolkit

What is screening?
Screening is an on-going process designed to identify any person (volunteer or staff) who may harm children or vulnerable persons. Volunteer screening serves two main purposes:

  1. to create and maintain a safe environment
  2. to ensure an appropriate match between volunteer and task

Though a relatively new concept, volunteer screening is being adopted by a growing number of organizations. The process includes assessing risk, writing position descriptions, discerning suitability of an individual for a given task, providing training and, when necessary, modifying the setting and arrangement of task.

Volunteers frequently have a highly public role on behalf of a non-profit organization; they are persons who are seen first and most often by individuals dealing with the non-profit organization. We can manage several risks by effectively screening, evaluating and placing volunteers.

The Safe Steps are much like a menu; you need only select those steps that apply specifically to positions within your organization. The key to a successful screening program is to use the steps in a way that best suits a specific position.

There are 10 Safe Steps to Screening:

  1. Determining the risk
  2. Writing clear position descriptions
  3. Establishing a formal recruiting process
  4. Using an application form
  5. Conducting interviews
  6. Following up on references
  7. Requesting/Requiring criminal records checks (crc)
  8. Conducting orientation and training sessions
  9. Supervising and evaluating
  10. Following-up on program participants

Why screen?
Any organization that provides programs to vulnerable people has an obligation to appropriately screen people, including volunteers. Screening is not only the right thing to do; it is legally required under the principle of “Duty of Care.”


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