Established in 1992, the Ontario Search & Rescue Volunteer Association is a provincially recognized, not-for-profit, volunteer based organization that supports the ground SAR teams in Ontario.

All OSARVA volunteers must complete these minimum requirements to become operational:

The Ground SAR Basic Course which includes:

  • Map & compass navigation skills
  • Clue detection and awareness
  • Search patterns
  • Personal equipment
  • Environmental conditions
  • ICS 100

All OSARVA volunteers must pass a criminal reference check.

Board Members

Janelle Coultes – President
Dave Rowlinson – North East Director / Vice President
Jason Rennick – GTA Director / Treasurer / Secretary
Bart Sherman – Western Director
Tim Wheeler – North West Director
John Gancz – Eastern Director
Bruno Baker – Central Director
Kathleen O’Brien – Recording Secretary
Darren Buck – Bookkeeper


Provincial K9 Coordinator- Susan Read
Provincial Training Coordinator- Jeb Brown
Provincial AdventureSmart Coordinator- Kathleen O’Brien