J.O. Goodman Award Winner sets sights on Dentistry (2011-11-23)

The OTA Education Foundation awarded the 2011 J. O. Goodman Scholarship to Bailey Todd, a University of Ottawa student who is pursuing an Honours Degree in Science in French immersion. Bailey is a graduate of Uxbridge Secondary School in Uxbridge, where she played rep hockey, was involved in several school clubs and teams managed two part-time jobs and still made the honour roll. Bailey’s application was sponsored by Don Anderson Haulage Limited...

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Bailey’s service as a volunteer is extensive. She has volunteered with the Canadian Association for Riding for the Disabled, Uxbridge Fall Fair, Uxbridge Cottage Hospital, Jennifer-Ashleigh Children’s Charity, and Rick Hansen’s Wheels in Motion. Bailey’s greatest accomplishment is the completion of the bronze, silver and gold standard of the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award which recognizes physical activity, community service, the acquisition of new skills and involves an adventurous component as well.

Once she has earned her Honours Bachelor of Health Science degree, Bailey plans to study dentistry, a goal she has held since grade three.

“As a selection committee, we really felt that Ms. Todd epitomizes what the J.O. Goodman award stands for”, says the committee’s Barrie Montague, formerly of the Ontario Trucking Association. The committee was impressed by Bailey’s sense of community and her appreciation for the opportunities that she has had in her life.

The J. O. Goodman Scholarship Award winner is selected each year from all qualifying scholarship applications from students who are entering their first year post-secondary studies at a recognized university.


C.V. Hoar Award Winner has Entrepreneurial Spirit (2011-11-23)

The OTA Education Foundation awarded the 2011 C. V. Hoar Scholarship to Brittany Jasek, a former student of Lakeshore Catholic High School of Port Colborne. Brittany is now attending Mohawk College in Hamilton where she is studying Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Brittany’s scholarship application was sponsored by Cavalier Transportation Services Inc. of Bolton, where her father has worked as a driver for nearly 5 years...

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Brittany was chosen as the outstanding first-year college applicant by the Foundation’s Selection Committee. C. V. Hoar applicants are assessed on their high school academic achievement, service to community and volunteer work, extra-curricular activities, as well as an essay that answers a question on trucking.

“I am very determined to start my own business within the next five years” Brittany stated in a letter addressed to the Selection Committee. Brittany plans to take courses in business and fashion design, after which she hopes to open a store in the Niagara-Haldimand area.

Brittany worked part-time during high school, and completed two sessions of co-op which provided the opportunity for her to learn what it takes to manage a small business. She also held a part-time job, volunteered at the public library and at school, while maintaining honour-roll standing.

The C.V. Hoar Scholarship Award winner is selected each year from all qualifying scholarship applications from students who are entering their first year post-secondary studies at a recognized college.


Bud Barr Recognized with New Scholarship (2011-11-18)

The OTA Education Foundation announced today the addition of a new scholarship. The Bud Barr Award will honour the memory of William “Bud” Barr who passed away in 2009 at the age of 88. Bud was a fixture in the Ontario trucking industry, and an active member with the Ontario Trucking Association for decades during which time held nearly every volunteer position that existed. Bud’s legacy continued with the OTA Education Foundation, where he served as executive director from 1992 until 2005, when his failing health forced him to step down...

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Bud is remembered as a remarkable individual who seemed to feel a connection to each and every one of the students who applied for scholarships from the Foundation. “The Education Foundation’s board is honored to be able to pay tribute to Bud by naming a scholarship after him” said Scott Smith, Foundation chairman and president of J. D. Smith and Sons at the Annual Awards Luncheon of the OTA convention. “It is extremely fitting that Bud’s memory will live on through this scholarship”. The scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2012.

The annual scholarship will be awarded to one outstanding student each year who is entering university from high school. The recipient will be selected by the OTA Education Foundation’s selection committee, and applicants will be assessed on their academic and personal accomplishments, contributions to community, extra-curricular activities, as well as personal, academic and career goals. This scholarship, like the J. O. Goodman and C. V. Hoar awards, will be funded through donations to the Foundation.


OTA Allied Trades Division Awards Scholarships for 2011 (2011-09-19)

The OTA Education Foundation announced the recipients of the OTA Allied Trades Division scholarships for the 2011/2012 academic year. Each year, scholarships are awarded to one university and one college student through an endowment managed by the Foundation. This year’s winners are Kristin Knill and Fabio Marrama...

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Kristin Knill is a graduate of Niagara College’s 2-year diploma program in Fitness and Health Promotion, in which she earned a 92% grade point average. After completing a bridging semester at the University of Guelph-Humber, Kristin is entering year 3 or a 4 year Honours Applied Kinesiology Degree program. Her plan after graduating from the University of Guelph-Humber is to study physiotherapy. After working for several years as a physiotherapist, Kristin’s goal is to become certified as an Animal Physiotherapist, and to expand her work to both humans and animals.

“I have chosen Physiotherapy because I have always wanted to have a career in an entrepreneurial, hands-on profession where I can interact with others and serve the public”, states Kristin in her letter to the OTA Education Foundation’s Selection Committee. Kristin has always been interested in science, health and wellness along with drug-free, non-invasive health care, so physiotherapy was a natural fit for her interests and skills. Kristin is very appreciative of the support of the OTA Education Foundation; she was the recipient of the OTA Allied Trades Division College scholarship last year, as well as the Foundation’s general scholarships in 2010 and 2011. Kristin’s father, Paul, is the general manager for J & R Hall Transport in Ayr, Ontario.

Fabio Marrama is enrolled in his second year at Niagara College where he is studying business. Fabio is a member of SIFE – Students In Free Enterprise – which he describes as “the most influential part” of his education at Niagara College. Through SIFE, Fabio was shown how the “power of business can create such a powerful change in people around us”. SIFE students like me”, state s Fabio to the Selection Committee, “are driven to make a change”.

When it comes to academics, Fabio constantly strives to be an honours student, and believes that his involvement with SIFE has helped him reach his goal. In his free time, he teaches high school students how to take preparefor the financial strain of post-secondary education through workshops and seminars coordinated through high school guidance counselors. The HI-FI program aims to transfer valuable skills and knowledge to students about expenses and financing options for post-secondary education, along with budgeting techniques. Fabio He has also been involved in programs such as Eco-Tots, March Munchness and College Cuts for Cancer. Fabio is now the Director of Human Resources for SIFE Niagara College. He is from Beamsville, Ontario.

The OTA Allied Trades Division scholarships are awarded annually and funded by an endowed fund that was established by the Allied Trades Division, and is administered by the OTA Education Foundation.


Foundation’s Donation Drive Extended to End of July (2011-07-11)

The OTA Education Foundation is extending its deadline on its current donation drive to July 29th so that it can award as many scholarships as possible to children of parents who work in the trucking industry. While its 100 Donations in 100 Days fundraising campaign ended last week under target, Foundation chairman Scott Smith is optimistic that the extension will encourage more companies to support their industry’s foundation...

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“The quality of the applications that are coming in this year, like previous years, is outstanding”, noted Smith. “Many companies are finally emerging from some tough economic challenges, and we hope that the deadline extension will encourage them to support this very unique, industry-specific scholarship program”.

In fact, the 2011 campaign, which targeted an ambitious number of donors as opposed to individual or aggregate donation amounts, was developed with the prevailing economic climate in mind. “The general idea is to generate lots of manageable donations”, continues Smith. “The average donation this year is around $700. If we had even a third of industry companies each contributing between $500 and $700, we would easily be able to meet our fundraising and scholarship disbursement goals”.

The number of scholarships awarded each year is directly related to the amount received in donations. Charitable receipts are available.

Foundation says “thanks” to latest 100 Donations in 100 Days contributors:

  • Harland Veinotte Ltd.
  • Woodcock Brothers Corporate Group
  • Steed Standard Transport
  • Cummins Eastern Canada LP
  • Durham Truck & Equipment Sales & Service
  • J. D. Smith and Sons


Durham Truck and Equipment Golf Tournament “drives” for Industry Education Foundation (2011-06-06)

Durham Truck & Equipment Sales & Service of Ajax, Ontario lent it support to the OTA Education Foundation when the company held its second annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament last week. Proceeds from two 50/50 draws and a closest to the mannequin contest are earmarked to support the Foundation’s annual scholarship program. More than 100 golfers participated in the event, which was held at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham Ontario...

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Durham Truck and Equipment’s vice president, operations Emily Paterson chose the Foundation in the belief that the future lies in the education of young people who will build careers in the trucking industry – both from the truck dealer and truck user perspectives. “The industry’s history is a long and storied one, and trucking is not what it once was”, she noted in a statement to the Foundation. “Technology, environment and the influences of globalization have changed our industry dramatically.” Paterson believes that support of the trucking industry’s education foundation “raises awareness of the industry and the possibilities it offers to the schools and the students who may one day find their futures in our industry”.

Donations are used to fund scholarships that are available exclusively to students whose parents work in the trucking industry. Ontario trucking and service/supply companies are encouraged to promote scholarship opportunities to their workers as part of an industry-wide benefit which requires little time or effort on behalf of those companies.

 

One Month Left to meet 100 Donor Target - Industry Support Needed (2011-06-06)


With only one month left in the OTA Education Foundation’s 100 Donors in 100 Days, the Foundation has a long way to go to meet its fundraising target by July 6th. The Foundation is looking for more support from industry to fund its 2011 university and college scholarships. The scholarships are available exclusively to students who have parents who work in the trucking industry.
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Donors will receive a Scholarship Promotion Kit to assist them with promoting the Foundation’s scholarship opportunities to their employees.

“At Cavalier, we have actively promoted Foundation scholarships for several years”, says Cavalier president George Ledson, who is also a member of the Foundation’s board. “This is a great benefit for our employees that really requires little administration or additional effort on our part”. Several scholarship winners over recent years have come from companies, like Cavalier, that have actively promoted the Foundation’s scholarships to their employees.

The number of scholarships awarded each year is directly related to the amount received in donations. In 2010, the Foundation was able to hand out was nearly double the number awarded in 2008 as the result of strong industry support. Charitable receipts are available to all donors.

Foundation says “thanks” to latest 100 Donations in 100 Days contributors:

  • The Tandet Group
  • Westland Transportation
  • J & R Hall Transportt
  • Span-nation Transportation Services
  • David Lawrence of CIBC Wood Gundy
  • Tibbs Transport Inc.
  • Bell Cartage
  • Cros Croft Transport
  • Transcare Logistics
  • Cavalier Transportation
  • Miller Office Trailers
  • Premier Bulk Systems
  • Trendway Transportation Services
  • Logikor Dedicated Logistics
  • Eaton Yale Company
  • Maritime Delivery
  • Wills Transfer
  • Old Republic Insurance Co. of Canada


Students Urged to Apply for Endowed Scholarships (2011-05-04)

University and college students are urged to take a look at the scholarship opportunities offered by the OTA Education Foundation under its endowed scholarship program. These scholarships have been established by trucking and service supply companies through endowments that are managed by the Foundation. Income from the endowed investments is used to fund specific scholarships in perpetuity...

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The Foundation offers a wide array of scholarships that reflect the priorities and values of the companies that endowed these funds and then worked with the Foundation in developing unique scholarship opportunities. Parents and students are urged to review the endowed scholarships for which application forms are available. For more information and to download application forms, go to www.ontruck.org/educationfoundation.

Bison Transport Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time student enrolled in a recognized Transportation, Logistics, Human Resources or Business program at a Canadian University or College.

The Erb Group of Companies "Service to Community" Scholarship
Awarded to a first-year post-secondary student enrolled in a recognized college or university, who demonstrates a commitment to his/her community, through his/her involvement in community and/or charitable volunteer work.

J.D. Smith & Sons “Leaders of Tomorrow” Scholarship
Awarded to a university student who demonstrates a commitment to his/her community, school or other volunteer undertaking while demonstrating exemplary leadership qualities.

OTA Allied Trades Division Scholarships
Awarded to one university student and one college student, who have completed at least one year of post-secondary education, and who has demonstrated a strong commitment to his/her academic performance.

OTA Professional Driver Memorial Scholarship Award
Awarded in the memory of a true truck hero, David Virgoe, who lost his life in a crash caused by street racers, for children of Ontario truck drivers who are killed or seriously injured on the road.

In addition, the following endowed scholarships have been established in conjunction with specific education institutions such as high schools and colleges. Winners are selected by the schools’ respective selection committees:

Don Anderson Haulage Business Scholarship/Don Anderson Haulage Technology Scholarship
Awarded to two students graduating from Stouffville District Secondary School who are pursuing educations in business or technology at the college level.

Glasvan Great Dane Truck-Trailer Service Technician Scholarship
Awarded to two high-achieving students each year who are enrolled in the Truck Trailer Service Co-opprogram at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Grant’s Transport Math Scholarship
Awarded to the top university-bound math student graduating from Timiskaming District Secondary School.

Trailcon Leasing Truck-Trailer Service Technician Scholarship
Awarded to one student each year who is enrolled in the Truck Trailer Service Co-op program at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

TST Overland Express International Transportation and Customs Scholarship
Awarded to two students entering their second year in Seneca College’s International Transportation and Customs diploma program.

All endowed scholarships are awarded annually and are funded by endowed funds administered by the OTA Education Foundation.


More Industry Support needed for 100 Donations in 100 Days Campaign (2011-04-29)

It is exactly one month since the trucking industry’s OTA Education Foundation announced its ambitious 100 Donations in 100 Days fundraising campaign, and the Foundation is looking for more support to fund its 2011 university and college scholarships. The Foundation is hoping to raise at least $40,000 from 100 donors before July 6th...

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University and colleges students are urged to take a look at the scholarship opportunities offered by the OTA Education Foundation under its endowed scholarship program. These scholarships have been established by trucking and service supply companies through endowments that are managed by the Foundation. Income from the endowed investments is used to fund specific scholarships in perpetuity.

Despite a somewhat slow start, chairman Scott Smith remains optimistic that the Foundation will reach its target by the 100th day. “We are certainly pleased with the uptake so far which has essentially relied on limited publicity such as the initial announcement and information on the Foundation’s webpage”, notes Smith. As a follow-up, a targeted campaign to carrier and allied trade members was mailed this week. “We’re hoping that more companies will be prompted to donate as a result of the direct mail efforts”.

Donors will receive a Scholarship Promotion Kitto assist them with promoting the Foundation’s scholarship opportunities to their employees. The scholarships are available exclusively to students whose parents work in the trucking industry. Donors will also receive a charitable tax receipt from the Foundation, which is a registered charity.

Foundation says "thanks" to 100 Donations in 100 Days Contributions

  • Empire Transportation Ltd.
  • Drumbo Transport Ltd.
  • Manitoulin Transport
  • SLH Transport Inc.
  • HSBI Benefits Inc.
  • Kriska Holdings Limited
  • Einwechter Limited
  • Markel Insurance Company of Canada

Scholarship Application Forms Available for 2011/2012 School Year (2011-04-12)

Scholarship applications are now available from the OTA Education Foundation for Ontario post-secondary students. Students can apply for university or college scholarships in the amount of $1,500 and $1,000 respectively to help them fund their tuition and other academic fees. In addition, students entering their first year of post-secondary studies directly from high school are eligible to apply for the J.O. Goodman Award (university) or the C. V. Hoar Award (college)...

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In order to be eligible for the scholarships, students must provide proof of acceptance into a recognized full-time program at an approved university or college, be 25 years of age or under as of January 1, 2011, and be sponsored by an Ontario trucking company or trucking services/supply company that employs or contracts a parent of the applicant. In addition, students must submit a brief essay that answers a question about the trucking industry.

While the same application form can be used to apply for the J.O. Goodman and C.V. Hoar awards, there are some additional requirements. Applications for the J.O. Goodman and C.V. Hoar awards are assessed on criteria which include academic achievement, service to community, and extra -curricular activities. Winners for these two awards are chosen by the Foundation’s Selection Committee.

The OTA Education Foundation college and university scholarships as well as the J.O. Goodman and C.V. Hoar awards are funded through donations that are received primarily from trucking and trucking related companies, for which tax receipts are issued. The number of scholarships disbursed each year is dependent, in part, on the amount received in donations for that year. The OTA Education Foundation provided nearly $58,000 in assistance to post-secondary students for the 2010/2011 academic year.

The Student Scholarship Application Package for the2011/2012 Academic Year contains complete information and instructions, along with all the necessary forms for the general scholarships, as well as the J.O. Goodman and C.V. Hoar awards.


Trucking Industry Foundation Targets 100 Donations in 100 Days (2011-03-25)

Once again, the OTA Education Foundation is calling on the support of Ontario’s trucking industry to help fund its 2011 scholarship program that aids students with ties to the industry, by setting an ambitious goal of generating 100 donations in 100 days. The Foundation is hoping to raise $40,000 before the 100th day of the campaign – July 6th...

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Foundation chairman Scott Smith feels confident that the improving economic environment will inspire carriers and allied trades companies alike to donate in 2011. “We’re feeling positive that we will be able to meet our fundraising goal this year” said Smith, who is also president of J.D. Smith and Sons. “We appear to be on solid ground with respect to the economic recovery, and hope that this encourages more members of the Ontario trucking industry to step up and support this unique industry-specific scholarship program”.

George Ledson, a long-term member of the Foundation’s board of directors is encouraged by the success of prior year fundraising efforts, and is optimistic that the 2011 fundraising challenge will not only meet, but surpass targets. “Our industry consists of literally thousands of carriers, and nearly as many product and service suppliers. To generate 100 donations over the course of 100 days from such a broad base of potential supporters should be a no-brainer” said Ledson. “We need to hear from more than the 35 or so donors that typically support the Foundation’s each year”.

In 2010, the Foundation handed out nearly $58,000 in the form of 47 scholarships to Ontario university and college students. Donations received under the 100 Donations in 100 Days campaign are used to fund scholarships offered exclusively to children of parents who work in the Ontario trucking industry.

This year, donors will receive a Scholarship Promotion Kitto assist them in promoting the Foundation’s scholarship opportunities to their employees. Donors will also receive a charitable tax receipt from the Foundation, which is a registered charity.