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
John Gancz – Eastern Director
Dave Rowlinson – North East Director / Vice President
Tim Wheeler – North West Director
Tobias Ireland – Western Director
Susan Read – Central Director / Provincial K9 Coordinator
Jason Rennick – GTA Director
Kathleen O’Brien – Recording Secretary
Darren Buck – Bookkeeper