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Create opportunity for students

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2024 Opportunity Road Ride

Brian Smeenk, President, Merit Award Bursary Program will be hitting the road again this summer for the 2nd Opportunity Road Ride! From August 15 to September 8, Brian will ride 2.500 km in a solo ride throughout Southern Ontario to raise funds for Merit Award Bursaries for students in the GTA. 

This year's goal is $80,000  which will provide 12 students with $1,000 Bursaries. Join us for the Community Ride on Sunday, September 8 for the 80 km route or the 30 km route and raise funds to create opportunity for students in the GTA.


Register now and start fundraising!

Why Am I Riding?

Talent is evenly distributed.

Opportunity is not.

One of my core beliefs is that hard work and perseverance are keys to success. When one achieves one’s goals that way, it brings a lot of satisfaction. I’ve always thought that I could overcome whatever skill deficiencies I might have through hard work and perseverance.

I’ll be applying that belief again while riding 2,300 KM over three weeks to raise money for Merit Award Bursaries. I also hope that we can raise awareness of the Merit Award Program. I will be talking to people along my trip to get their thoughts on the importance of education.  And the importance of perseverance and hard work in achieving our goals.

And the more people we can get helping “our students” reach their academic destinations (about 87% of our recipients get at least one post-secondary degree) – the better!

Brian Smeenk,
President, Merit Award Bursary Program


Community Ride

Thank you everyone who joined us on Sunday, September 24 to welcome Brian home in the last leg of the Opportunity Road Ride. 

Community Ride

Check out photos from the Community Ride held on Sunday, September 24th below.

"It’s (receiving a Merit Award) a reminder for me to never cut myself short of any opportunity life throws my way. This award also means I won't be walking through my post-secondary years alone because I just joined a community that has my best interests at heart."
– 2022 Merit Award Recipient


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