Nepean Girls Hockey Association               

Toni Guimaraes Bursary

About Toni

Toni G. was a huge advocate for hard work on and off the ice. His personal story is one of determination as he overcame many hurdles. Toni moved to Canada with his family at age 3 from Portugal. As a young child with limited resources, he struggled to find his way. Hockey gave him an outlet to shine as a leader and a player. He started playing at age 10, the first in his family to ever ice skate. At 16, he played Junior A with the Gloucester Rangers. He carried his passion for competition to his business, co-founding a successful staffing firm called excelHR. Toni also stayed fully engaged in the game we love. Not only did he play twice a week for over 30 years, he also loved watching his daughters Brooke and Torey play. With the NGHA, he helped on the ice, was an Assistant Coach and championed the girls in their game. Toni strongly felt that hockey is a sport that builds lifelong skills and character. When he was diagnosed with cancer at 49, he fought to stay healthy in part so he could continue to play and to coach. Toni was a huge advocate of the Nepean Girls Hockey Association, having felt a strong connection to a growing organization with amazing families.

After Toni passed away in September 2016, his friends Fraser and Heather Thom, fellow NGHA parents, set up this annual Bursary in Toni's name. The Guimaraes and Thom families together will offer two deserving NGHA players a bursary of $1,000 each toward their undergraduate studies. The bursary is in recognition of determination on and off the ice, positive team spirit and academic effort. Toni needed a lot of help and support to change his circumstances and to get through school - and was so grateful to those who helped him. He would tell any young player to go get an education, to stay fit, and "to stop whining and start doing".


1) Minimum 3 years with the NGHA
2) Positive contributor to school life and hockey life
3) Financial need for post-secondary education
4) Volunteer contribution

Administration of Bursaries:

All applications will be provided to the selection committee who will select the successful candidates based on the stated qualifications. The selection committee will be chosen by the NGHA Executive comprised of at least four members, one of whom will be from outside the organization. The number of bursaries may vary annually. All selections will be final.

Funding will be forwarded to the successful applicant(s) after proof of enrolment has been received. The bursary will be made out to the applicant’s chosen institution.

Application Information:

The closing date for applications is April 17, 2017. All applications received shall be held in strict confidence. All applications and supporting letters become the property of the NGHA.

How to apply:

Complete the Bursary Application (.doc), accompanied by:
a) An email or letter from the applicant’s current or past hockey coach
b) A copy of the applicant's latest school report card
c) A list of the applicant's volunteer hours as required by the applicant's school
d) A personal letter outlining your community involvement, life goals, your approach to the sport and the impact NGHA has had on you
e) Details surrounding the applicant's financial need

Submit to: NGHA Bursary Committee