Durham Region East

Welcome to the Durham Region East chapter!  If you’re from anywhere in the Durham Region, feel free to come join us and see what we’re about!

We are a small but mighty chapter and we are looking to expand our membership and our activities in 2017!    The Oshawa Chapter used to be one of the strongest chapters in the OPFA — we aim to restore it to its glory!

Our meetings are held the first and third Tuesday nights at Harmony Creek Community Centre in Oshawa in the lounge (lower level of the sanctuary) at 6:00 p.m.    Come check us out and say hello!  We also have a Meet Up site where we will put notices of our activities — both planned and impromptu!    Next summer we will have camping weekends and baseball tournaments put on by our sister chapters.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference — for themselves, for their children and for the community!   If you have a passion, come share it with us!   Each chapter is somewhat unique and activities and events are tailored to the needs of its members.

Volleyball season has begun and we have practices on Tuesday nights — $2 for OPFA members and $5 for non-members.   We also have tournaments with other OPFA chapters.   Our volleyball is open to outsiders too if you want to come drop in or play in a tournament!   It’s a great way to have some fun and get to know the organization and some of the great people!

We have a fundraising volleyball tournament on February 11th — please contact us if you’re interested in playing as an individual or as a team!

Please contact us if you’d like some more information. It’s daunting sometimes to come out to an organization where you don’t know anyone but we make it easy!

24 thoughts on “Durham Region East

  1. Lori Igwe

    Please let me know the next meeting and what the membership fees are and how i can join. Thanks!

  2. Please send more information…being a divorced father and owner of YoYo’s Yogurt Cafe. I would love to participate an event for your members and families at my self serve frozen yogurt store

  3. Bronwynn Payne

    I would love some info on the Oshawa chapter of this organization. Where do I find the activities scheduled for Oshawa?

  4. sonyahardman

    Hi Bronwynn,

    The best way to find out information about an OPFA Chapter is to attend one of their meetings. We always welcome new and prospective members to sit in and find out more! The Oshawa/Whitby Chapter has a page on the website where you can find out more information, but the best way to learn what activities are happening each month is to attend a meeting. Often events require advance sign-up, and the sign-up sheets are normally available at meetings.

    Kind regards,
    Sonya

  5. Marlyn

    Hi I would like to know the cost if this member ship and the event that are plan. I am new to this city and would love to get familiar with places to go and enjoy my children.
    Thanks

  6. sonyahardman

    Hi Marilyn,

    The cost of an annual OPFA Membership is $50. Each chapter plans their own activities, but OPFA members are welcome to attend events hosted by ANY chapter. Some chapters are more active than others, and you are welcome to join any chapter – so if you are in the Durham Region you have the option of joining the Oshawa-Whitby Chapter or the Ajax-Pickering Chapter. Please visit their webpages for a current overview of their planned activities.

    Kind regards,
    Sonya Hardman – Publicity Coordinator

  7. sonyahardman

    Hello,

    The Ajax-Pickering Chapter of OPFA holds monthly fundraising dances on the second Saturday of each month at the Pickering Recreation Complex. Please see the Ajax-Pickering Chapter page on the website for current information about the dates and themes for all upcoming dances.

    Kind regards,
    Sonya Hardman – Publicity Director

  8. sonyahardman

    Hello Boris,

    Just to follow-up with you on your earlier query, the Ajax-Pickering Chapter holds fundraising dances on the second Saturday of every month. Please visit the Ajax-Pickering Chapter webpage for information on the next date and theme for the dances.

    Kind regards,
    Sonya Hardman – Publicity Coordinator

  9. Caring grandmother

    Really need to know where my daughter can get help with being a single mom. My grand daughter is almost 4 still in diapers, tantrums, emotional scars from daddy and mom fighting. My daughter has emotional scars as well as physically sick. She needs help and she feels very lost. She needs help or the CAS will take her away from her mommy. Anyone out there that can help???? Please !

  10. sonyahardman

    Hello Sam. No, the OPFA is open to all single parents – men and women, with or without custody of their children, and the children can be of any age. While there may be some in the group who lost a spouse/partner, many of us are simply separated/divorced. Hope this answers your question
    Sonya

  11. sonyahardman

    Hello Yvonne,

    The OPFA is a wonderful organization for friendship and support, as all of us have experienced the different aspects of being a single parent. I don’t know where you live, but there are several local chapters where your daughter and granddaughter would find a welcoming group of people, with plenty of organized activities for the adults and the kids. Information about Chapter meetings and activities can be found on the main page of the website – just click on the tabs to see what each Chapter is doing. Regarding the parenting supports that your daughter needs, I can suggest contacting your local Public Health Dept. as they run a number of programs to help with parenting skills, and the public health nurses can provide some guidance around how to get your granddaughter potty trained. They can also provide some information on where to access behavioural supports/assessments/counseling for children in need of those services. I don’t know where you live but if you are in Durham, the number for the Region of Durham Public Health Dept. is 1-800-841-2729. You should ask to speak to one of the staff who work in the “Parenting and Child Health” section.

    I hope this helps,
    Sonya

  12. Melissa

    Hello… I would like more info on becoming part of the Whitby-Oshawa-Clarington group? Im a single mother of a 2 year old son and just looking to make friends with people in the same boat as me.
    Thanks

  13. sonyahardman

    Hello Melissa and thanks for your interest in the OPFA! You can get in touch with the Oshawa/Whitby Chapter by contacting Chapter President Laurie Macklem at 905-576-8956 or by dropping into one of their weekly meetings, which are held each Tuesday night at Harmony Creek Community Centre in the lounge (lower level of the sanctuary) at 7:00pm.

    Hope this helps!
    Sonya

  14. Sean barton

    Hello there I live in Oshawa and I am really interested in becoming a member and enjoying your activities with my son. Any I formation in n how to go about that would be appreciated:) thanks talk to you soon.

    Sean Barton

  15. Amanda

    Separated for two years, apprehensive about dating and how to go about it and how it could effect my children? More info and dates.

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