Eight OHA-members from across Ontario will receive $6,000 each for post-secondary education

CAMBRIDGE – Eight outstanding Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) members have been selected to receive bursaries from Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) in the amount of $6,000 each, to further their post-secondary education.

The bursary program is funded directly by MilkUP, DFO’s youth lifestyle brand, which recognizes young athletes who show leadership in building strong and healthy communities, demonstrate high academic achievement, are dedicated to and have a passion for hockey.

DFO and OHA are proud to award the 2023-2024 bursaries to:

Name Team League/Group
Cameron Robillard Fort Erie Meteors GOJHL
Sylvia Masse Kitchener-Waterloo Siskins Trainer GOJHL
Jordan Hurtubise OHA Officiating Official Official
Barret Joynt Trenton Golden Hawks OJHL
Logan Kelly Cobourg Cougars OJHL
Liam Rice Picton Pirates PJHL
Marco Sladoje Lakeshore Canadiens PJHL
David Brown Chatham Maroons GOJHL
Highlight videos of each recipient can be found here

“We proudly partner with OHA to recognize these eight student-athletes who exemplify a strong commitment to their education and sport,” said Cheryl Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Dairy Farmers of Ontario. “Through MilkUP, DFO will provide each bursary recipient $6,000 to go towards their post-secondary education. Each of the award winners demonstrates MilkUP’s values – perseverance, originality and heart – and are true inspirations to their classmates and community.”

“We are very excited to partner with Dairy Farmers of Ontario on this exceptional bursary program for our OHA members” said Mark Tuck, OHA Executive Director. “We understand that while the players are participating in our programs that in many cases, they are also balancing the academic demands for their future. The bursary program aligns with the OHA purpose to grow individuals and communities through hockey and our players will benefit immensely from this bursary program and partnership.”

About the Ontario Hockey Association

The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) was founded on November 27, 1890, and is the governing body for the majority of Junior and Senior hockey in the Province of Ontario.  The OHA is a Member Partner of the Ontario Hockey Federation which is one of thirteen Provincial and Regional Branches of Hockey Canada.

It is comprised of three Junior hockey leagues and two Senior hockey leagues: Junior A – Ontario Junior Hockey LeagueJunior B – Greater Ontario Junior Hockey LeagueJunior C – Provincial Junior Hockey LeagueSenior  – Allan Cup Hockey (AAA) and Ontario Elite Hockey League (AA). For the 2023-24 season, these five leagues encompass 125 teams.

The objectives of the OHA are to foster and encourage the sport of amateur hockey, to conduct competition in the various categories established, to determine teams for entry into the inter-branch competitions that may be provided by Hockey Canada, and to provide for the affiliation of other hockey organizations.

The OHA provides administrative resources, coordinates programs, services and events for hockey participants and provides support to various Development Programs for coaches, officials, trainers and players, Safety and Risk Management Issues and offers resources for Harassment and Abuse education.

About Dairy Farmers of Ontario

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) is the regulator and sole delegated authority for the marketing of milk in Ontario, the largest sector of Ontario agriculture. Our mission is to provide leadership and excellence in the production and marketing of Canadian milk for a dynamic, profitable growing dairy industry. Ontario’s 3,213 dairy farmers, their families and employees are proud to produce high-quality milk for Canadians. For more information, visit www.milk.org.

About MilkUP

MilkUP is Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s bold and dynamic Gen Z lifestyle brand. Whether through academics, sports or entertainment, MilkUP is there encouraging Gen Zs to ‘milk every moment’. Our brand motivates Ontario youth using authentic experiences that inspire them to realize their untapped potential and re-embrace milk as a lifestyle staple. Learn more about MilkUP initiatives at new.milk.org/MilkUP.


For more information or to set up an interview, please contact:

Chris McCleary

General Manager, Operations & Marketing

Ontario Hockey Association


Charzie Abendanio

External Communications Manager

Dairy Farmers of Ontario