Except for the Associate Membership, H.D.A.O. Membership carries voting privileges on all matters pertaining to the Association. A Family membership entitles the member to one vote per family by the parent or legal guardian on all matters pertaining to the Association. A Senior Membership is also entitled to one vote as is the Non-Competitive Member.
The Annual General Meeting of the Association is held on the second Sunday of September where the Executive Board is elected. Membership in the Association runs from October 1st to September 30th. The fiscal year is September 1st to August 31st. All members are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting or any of the monthly Executive Meetings. We invite comment and suggestions from members with a view to improving our Dance Competitions and Highland Games
Each year we strive to create positive and exciting ways to encourage and promote our highland dance competitions. Our Ontario Closed Championship is the selection meet for the Canadian Championships. To support the Ontario Champions and Runners-Up who will represent Ontario we have a Bursary Program. To be eligible for a bursary, you must be a member in good standing of the H.D.A.O. and have DANCED in two of our three indoor competitions.
The H.D.A.O. offers four types of Memberships - Honorary, Family / Senior, Associate and Non-Competitor; all except the Honorary Membership carry annual dues.
An Honorary member is appointed by the members in recognition of services to the Association and Highland Dance.
Family / Senior
Family Members consist of parent(s), legal guardians(s) and dancers(s) in one family who reside at the same address. Senior Members are members 17 years of age and older who are still active dancers.
Associate Members are non-residents of Ontario.
Non-Competitive members are similar to Senior Members but they no longer compete as Highland Dancers.