Scholarship Winners

Helping Students Realize a Dream

2019/2020 – Rachel Benninger

My name is Rachel Benninger from Mississaua, Ontario. I am currently enrolled in my first year of a Bachelor of Applied Science degree majoring in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. I spent my secondary school years at Lorne Park Secondary School where I was an honours student throughout all four years and was awarded the school’s gold key which recognizes participation in extracurricular activities.

After I obtain my undergraduate’s degree, I plan to pursue a Master of Engineering degree. Eventually, I will also earn my Professional Engineer certification. I want to change lives for the better, while still making sure that my designs are safe. I am extremely grateful to the Toronto Transportation Club for awarding me this scholarship. Their assistance will help me to focus on my schoolwork and achieve my goals.

2019/2020 – Roman Caldecott

Hello, my name is Roman Caldecott and I am a native of Kitchener, Ontario. I graduated with Honors from Huron Heights Secondary School. I am currently attending Conestoga College, and I’m enrolled in the Supply Chain & Operations Management program. I should also give credit to my Stepdad, Chuck Garvey, of Pierquip for allowing me some firsthand insight as to the benefits and opportunities this particular industry can present, which was another contributing factor in my decision to pursue this program. I look forward to making a positive impact within the transportation industry after graduating.

I want to sincerely thank the Toronto Transportation Club and its members for their exceptional fundraising efforts which make the Power of Education Scholarships possible. I feel especially honoured to have been chosen as one of this year’s recipients. I am truly thankful to be a part of this legacy.

2019/2020 – Brooke Lewinsky

My name is Brooke Lewinsky and I am a first-year student at Queen’s University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Political Science and Philosophy, with the intent to further my education in Law. I am an Ontario Scholar and graduated from West Elgin Secondary School where I was President of Student Council and the Public Relations Person. I was the first youth representative to participate on a panel at the Community Mental Health Forum where I provided my perspective on the stresses and issues affecting the mental health of youth in today’s environment.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Board of Directors and the Toronto Transportation Club's Members for their continued support of the over the years allowing more students to apply for this program and I'm sure I speak for all current recipients and future recipients when I say THANK YOU!!

2019/2020 – Sarah Pullano

My name is Sarah Pullano and I am from Toronto, Ontario. I am currently studying Biology at York University, while also being enrolled in the Concurrent Education program, which will allow me to graduate with both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education.

Throughout my four years of high school, I have maintained a Principal’s Honour Roll (above 90% average), and at my Grade 12 graduation, I was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award, Top Academic Award, and Top All Around Female Award.

I would like to sincerely thank the board of directors for awarding me this scholarship as it will relieve much of the financial stress associated with attending university and will allow me to better focus on my studies so that I can achieve my dream of becoming a high school science teacher.

2018/2019 – Cameron J. Blom

My name is Cameron Jacob Blom and I am attending my first year at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Within my undergraduate studies, I intend to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in philosophy and minoring in history. My eventual aim is to attend law school at the University of British Columbia and achieve a Juris Doctorate.

At Pinetree Secondary School, I was an honour roll student and volunteered extensively across the school from participating in a weekly recycling club, to attending nearly every volunteer event hosted by the school, to assisting as a member of the stage crew in a drama department rendition of Crybaby, to travelling to Laos to teach English, help maintain a school, and learn about cultural and developmental differences. Outside of Pinetree, I also volunteered yearly with the City of Coquitlam's Canada Day celebration and during campaigns for the 2017 British Columbian Provincial Election I volunteered nearly every day in support of the now-current MLA of my riding. In sum, I accumulated approximately 400 volunteer hours during High School.

My primary extracurricular commitment was in Model United Nations where I was among the most successful delegates of my club, winning an award at every conference I attended. Of six conferences attended in my two years within the club, I received the "Best Delegate" award three times. I also was an integral member of a trio of students who came in first place in the 2018 Junior Achievement British Columbia Online Business competition. At Simon Fraser University, continuing to pursue my interests in politics, I intend to seek election as a member of the Executive of the SFU BC Liberals organization.

I am wholly grateful for the honour of being selected for this award as such has provided a financial foundation through which I will be able to pursue my academic ambitions and would like to offer my most sincere gratitude to the Board of Directors and the Toronto Transportation Club.

2018/2019 – Emily Kaunismaa

I recently graduated from McMaster University with an Honours B.Sc. in Biology & Psychology, and I’m currently a first-year medical student at the University of Toronto. In my time at McMaster, I was involved in several activities that complemented my goal of becoming a doctor. As a volunteer with Ronald McDonald House, I supported families with sick children. Although I helped with simple tasks, small gestures often make a big difference for struggling families and this volunteer experience was very rewarding. As a research assistant in the Psychology department, I studied how music could benefit children with coordination disorders; in the Biology department, I researched how a nutritional supplement could reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in mice. These projects required patience and perseverance, and I stayed motivated by focusing on the people who could directly benefit from the research. As a teaching assistant for Psychology and Biology, I strived to inspire my students to work hard and make them feel comfortable asking for help. I also supported my first-year students as they adjusted to university, as the transition from high school can be overwhelming. These research and teaching opportunities stemmed from my strong academic standing; in my final year, I won the Psychology Society Prize for the highest GPA in my program.

Considering the financial burden and academic demands of medical school, this scholarship has granted me the privilege of engaging with Toronto’s community. In my unstructured time, I plan to continue volunteering with Ronald McDonald House and advocate for policy changes that will work towards a more equitable health care system. I also hope to pursue enriching research, teaching, and mentorship opportunities that will make me the best doctor I can be. Thank you so much to the Toronto Transportation Club—I’m grateful and honoured to accept this scholarship!

2018/2019 – Aislinn Wilmore

My name is Aislinn Wilmore and I am currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at Queen’s University. I am working towards achieving my Bachelor of Science (Honours) with the ultimate goal of majoring in Psychology and going to medical school.

Over the years I have gained a strong desire in wanting to expand my knowledge on humans and why they do the things they do. Having known many people who suffer from mental illness, I want to be able to make a difference in my community while gaining a further understanding of the science behind it.

Throughout my high school career at Brantford Collegiate Institute, I had the opportunity to partake in the French Immersion program as well as various clubs such as Link Crew, Safe Talk, and Student’s Council. Being a part of these various groups, I was able to help enhance the learning environment for all, while also developing my interpersonal skills. Balancing my schoolwork, my commitment to various clubs and having a part-time job for three years at East Side Mario’s has greatly improved my time management skills and I can proudly say I graduated high school with a 95% average. The qualities that I have obtained from participating in these activities and clubs will undoubtedly follow me through post-secondary as well as throughout my life.

Although my parents and I have made a conscious effort to save as much money as we can, we understand that attending university is a costly journey and the financial help provided by a scholarship is very important. I have big goals for my future and for those reasons I am eternally grateful for the financial aid that the Toronto Transportation Club has given me. Without the generosity of organizations such as yours, I honestly believe that the struggle to continue my education may be too bug of a burden to bear for myself and my family. Your contribution provides the ability for me to focus on my studies and not worry so much about the ongoing expenses that come with any higher education. Thank you very much.

2017/2018 – Sophie Chase

My name is Sophie Chase, and I am in first year at the University of Toronto. Throughout my undergraduate degree I plan on majoring in sociology with a double minor in forest conservation and environmental biology. My goal is to take my Law Degree at the University of British Columbia and eventually practice environmental law.

Throughout my high school career I was in the International Baccalaureate program at Parkdale CI. In high school I partook in many clubs including: Eco Club, Gender Sexuality Alliance, Bike Club and Parkdale’s Organization for Global Awareness. Outside of school I co-ran a community after school tutoring program, volunteered with not for profit organizations such as First Books Canada and competed in leadership programs including Junior Achievers. Upon coming to UofT I have joined my residence building council as president of my house, as well as the sustainability commission and debate team.

This scholarship has been very influential in aiding my ability to join many groups at university and do my best in all my classes, as I do not have to worry about working on top of my class load and extracurriculars. I am very glad to be able to put my full energy into making sure I get the most out of this year and the next three years of my undergraduate degree.

I cannot thoroughly express how grateful I am to receive this award, and I would like to finish by thanking the board of directors for giving me this amazing gift.

2017/2018 – Julia Anne Collins

My name is Julia Anne Collins from Toronto Ontario and I am currently enrolled in French studies with Early Acceptance into the Ivey School of Business at Western University. I learned of the scholarship through my father’s involvement with the TTC, as well my sister Tess Collins was recipient of the award in 2012.

At Bishop Allen Academy, I was an Honour Roll student in the French Immersion and Advanced Placement program. In addition to my academics, I was involved in extracurricular activities, including the cross-country, track, and swim teams. Having participated in these teams throughout my years at Bishop Allen, I was chosen as the swim team coach in my final year. I have been employed by the City of Toronto as a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor for the past three years starting when I was 15 years old. During my time at Bishop Allen Academy I accumulated over 400 hours of volunteer community service hours through a wide variety of causes including work with the homeless, coaching youth programs, peer tutor and counsellor for leadership training.

In addition, I have remained active in extracurricular activities and have been chosen as a swim instructor for the Swim Abilities program at Western. This volunteer initiative aims to provide swimming instruction and water safety to children with disabilities.

I believe the scholarship award validates my commitment to my academic achievements while balancing my extracurricular activities.

I believe scholarships are important as they motivate students to set and achieve goals both academically and socially that help to develop a balanced individual.

2017/2018 – Robbie Suwary

My name is Robbie Suwary, an Honour Roll graduate from Richmond Hill Ontario. I am excited to attend York University pursuing a BSc in Computer Science. All of this is very typical for a teenager who has left high school and on to exciting new things, but I am anything but typical.

My passion in life is flying. My goal has always been to become a commercial pilot. I began to learn how to fly on a virtual airline when I was thirteen. Since then I have logged over 6,300 hours’ flight time. At the age of sixteen I attended ground school. After much persistence, I convinced my mom to allow me to have a flight medical so that I could continue my education. The day finally arrived and after a short conversation with the Doctor, my dream was over. The piece of the story I have yet to share is that I have Cerebral Palsy.

My sister Katie Kaplan, a partner at BDO Canada is a member of the Toronto Transportation club and she submitted my application. My perseverance in life sets me apart from other kids. I have always had to find a way to accomplish my dreams. Scholarships are important to kids both financially and for their self-esteem. We work hard to overcome obstacles and get to university and winning a scholarship is not just about the money but it makes me feel proud of what I have and will continue to accomplish. My goal is to use my degree in computer science to achieve a career that relates to flight. It could be programming aircraft, or developing software in the virtual world.

Perhaps I will be the person who finds a way for a disabled person to actually become a pilot? You never know what the future brings, but for me, the sky is certainly the limit.

Thank you, Toronto Transportation Club, for helping me to find my wings.

2016/2017 – Alexa Moschella

I am currently enrolled as a first year life sciences student at the University of Toronto: Mississauga. I am working towards achieving a double major in biology and psychology in pursuit of becoming a doctor one day. I thoroughly enjoy my program, the professors, my peers, and the many research opportunities available to me. I am glad that my university also has several outreach initiatives to partake in. Throughout my high school career, I was thoroughly involved in community service. Some examples include representing a children’s charity in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative Competition winning them $5000, being a child life volunteer at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, preparing and personally delivering sandwiches to the homeless on the streets of Toronto, and participating in a mission trip with Habitat for Humanity. Though I have only been a university student for a short time, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to receive such an outstanding education in a positive environment. I owe this to the Toronto Transportation Club for helping to fund my education through this scholarship. For that, I thank the Toronto Transportation Club immensely and assure them that this scholarship will be put to good use. Thank you for this honour.

2016/2017 – Mathew Myles

Hello, my name is Matthew Myles and I am currently a First Year student studying Medical Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. I am very thrilled that the TTC board has chosen me as recipient for this year’s scholarship. I would like to thank all Board and TTC members for this gracious honour.

I attended Bishop Allen academy and applied myself in the AP program graduating with a 97 percent average and have received both the AP scholar with distinction, and AP national scholar (Canada) awards. Throughout my high school career, I developed my leadership through volunteer and community work and clubs centred around the environment and social justice. I have run initiatives including organizing dinners for 400 community members and bringing speakers from for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the Council of Canadians to help educate students on social justice issues.

Through my degree, I plan on pursuing a career in either research or medicine because I want to give back to society and have a positive impact on people’s lives. Thank you for giving me this incredible opportunity.

2015/2016 – Evelyn Williams

Hello, my name is Evelyn Williams and I am currently a first year Nursing student at McMaster University. I would like to take the time to thank the TTC and all of its Members for giving me this amazing opportunity. This financial assistance will really help alleviate some of the costs that are associated with funding my post-secondary education.

Pursuing a career in nursing has always been a dream of mine. I’ve always wanted to have a career where I would have the opportunity to make an impact on someone’s life. Being able to care for someone when they are at their weakest – and at times their strongest – moment in life, is a privilege and an honour. I have always had great respect towards health care professionals because of the commitment and passion they demonstrate in their roles.

Thank you again to the board and the members of the Toronto Transportation Club for supporting this scholarship and for rewarding me this honour.

2015/2016 – Jacob Knight

My name is Jacob Knight, and I am currently enrolled in the Biology program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. I would like to start off by expressing my deepest gratitude in receiving The Toronto Transportation Scholarship. I had heard about the opportunity from my mother, Jamie Knight- who holds the esteemed position of Customer Service and Brokerage Manager within the Wheels MSM corporation- and I decided to give it a shot and apply. After all, Monopoly money can only you get so far nowadays. I have no doubt that the Toronto Transportation Club saw no shortage of bright and talented individuals, and that the committee had to make a number of difficult decisions. This fact only consolidates how fortunate I feel to be speaking with you all today. As such, from the bottom of my heart I extend my deepest thanks to the Toronto Transportation Board and its members. This gift not only supports me financially, but also hits a fundamental life lesson home: your returns are reflective of your investment. With your support, I will continue along my path to becoming a medical professional, expanding my horizons both in and out of the classroom. And keeping things light the whole way down.

2014/2015 – Shane Reid

Hello, my name is Shane Reid, recipient of the 2014 Toronto Transportation Club Scholarship.

I would like to take this time to thank the Board and all of the Members who made this opportunity possible. This September I began my studies at Trent University in Peterborough Ontario, studying Forensic Science, which will lead me to my chosen career working with the Coroner’s Office. After graduation I intend to continue my education through either Medical School, Law school, or go on to get my Masters in Forensic Science.

Thank you again to the Board and the Members of the Toronto Transportation Club for this amazing opportunity, the financial assistance will certainly help me to achieve my long term career goals.

2014/2015 – Kelsie Wilkinson

Hi, I’m Kelsie Wilkinson and I am honoured to be a recipient of this year’s Toronto Transportation Club Scholarship. I am extremely grateful to the TTC and its members for presenting me with this award, which will greatly reduce my financial worries that so often accompany post-secondary education.

I am currently a student in my first year in the Desautels faculty of management at McGill University. I am working towards a bachelor of commerce with joint honours in economics and finance. After my Undergraduate studies, I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in Business Administration. I love the program I’m in because I have the opportunity to be exposed to so many different aspects of the business world—from marketing to financial accounting—so I can develop a greater understanding of everything that contributes to a successful company. Since my degree is so broad, I really don’t know exactly where it’s going to take me, which is kind of exciting! The resources I have access to through my program will allow me to pursue my goals in any capacity that I’d like... who knows, I may even end up in the transportation sector

Thank you again to the board and the members of the Toronto Transportation Club, for this honour.

2013/2014 – Jake Wilkinson

I am thrilled to have been named a recipient of this year’s TTC scholarship, and am incredibly grateful to the organization for giving me this opportunity. As we all know, post-secondary education is very expensive. This financial assistance makes a big difference for me by alleviating some of the stress for me at school which is very beneficial to my studies.

Currently, I am enrolled in the Specialization in Theatre Performance program at Concordia University in Montreal. The entire theatre department here recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary work in the arts, and does its best to integrate students into each aspect of theatrical creation, as well as make a number of connections in the business. I graduated from the ‘Arts Huron’ program at Huron Heights Secondary School with a passion for theatre. I’ve acted in dozens of plays, directed a number of productions, and I’ve written two shows that have gone on to be produced. My time and effort throughout high school in the arts helped me to realize the true value of performance theatre and how it can literally change lives and the way people see the world.

After only a month in this program, the opportunities I see for growth through theatre have expanded immensely. After I receive my Bachelor of Fine Arts, I hope to go on to pursue a Master’s in Acting and to promote youth outreach in theatre. Performance is something that, if given the right spaces to work, can change lives. I’ve witnessed firsthand how empowering a vehicle theatre can be. It gives young people a voice and the confidence to use that voice. I’d love to be able to give kids who are thinking of pursuing theatre a state-of-the-art space where acting, writing and production is taught professionally, and creative freedom is encouraged. Alongside that, I hope to keep writing plays and exploring new worlds through performance and production.

Thank you again to the TTC Board for this incredible honour, and for opening up many more opportunities for me as I pursue my dream, it truly means a lot!

2013/2014 – Melissa Sharvit

Since before I can even remember, when anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was always "a teacher". From a extremely young age I would go to Staples and buy all the teacher school supplies and sit in my room playing school with my dolls, my brother, or younger family friends. At the age of 8 I even taught my family friend how to read her first books. Being a teacher is a great profession, so of course no one ever had a problem with that, however no one believed that 18 years later, my ambitions for being a teacher would still be true. I am currently in my first year at York University majoring in Children's Studies as well as Concurrent Education. By the end of this 5 year program I will be qualified to teach primary-junior (kindergarten- grade 6).

Throughout high school at Westmount Collegiate Institute, I gained excessive volunteer as well as work experience with children of all ages. It is through this experience that not only did I gain the clarification that I needed to ensure I wanted to become a teacher, but it is also what led me to ultimately chose to teach younger children. Being a teacher for me is way more than the benefits and the long summers. Especially when teaching the young ones, it's about helping the children grow into the people they will be in the future, helping to shape their minds, and to give them the foundations they will need to survive this crazy world. Kids are our future, and for me, there is no greater honour than being a part of that.

In addition to thanking the Toronto Transportation Club and everyone involved in making the decision for choosing me to be this years scholarship winner, I would like to thank my dad, Stan Sharvit. My dad has been a part of the transportation industry for my entire life. Obviously, with my ambitions of being a teacher and not following his footsteps into transportation, he did not teach me to love what he does. What he did teach me however, is what when you love what you're doing you'll always be happy. It doesn't matter how much money you make or the extremely stressful days you'll encounter, it's the passion that counts. He's showed me what's important in life and for what, I will be forever grateful.

Once again, thank you to the Toronto Transportation Club for providing me with this honour.

2012/2013 – Tess Collins

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to apply and earn this scholarship, as I am sure it will be beneficial to my university education. I would like to thank the TTC Board and the membership for sponsoring the scholarship program it really does make a big difference in helping to cover the costs of a secondary education.

Throughout my High School career at Bishop Allen Academy I had the opportunity to be in the Advanced Placement program. This program exposed me to first year university material and has prepared me for the transition to post-secondary education. I graduated from high school with a 92 average which earned me advanced early entry to the Ivey School of Business. As a first year student at the University of Western Ontario, I hope to continue the work ethic I developed in high school and graduate from the Honours Business Administration program. Although university has proven to be much more strenuous than high school, I stay committed to my academics as I work towards my goal of earning my chartered accountant accreditations and work internationally. As a bilingual student I hope to gain more cultural experience and develop my language skills through an international exchange. This experience will not only expose me to other cultures but also enable me to gain international experience, develop relationships with international employers, and be more competent in the international business field.

At Western I continue to stay involved in extra-curricular activities. I have joined the French club and Unicef club where I hope to take on executive positions to further develop my leadership skills. While in high school I enjoyed participating in various sports teams including the Ski and Snowboard team as well as the Dragon Boating team. At Western I have joined the intramural flag football team. I believe being actively involved in sports teams has helped me develop the skills necessary to work as a team.

Again thank you very much for the scholarship it really is a great honour and huge help in attaining my goals!

2011/2012 – Carly Fowler

I am in my first year of Food and Nutritional Sciences at The University of Western Ontario and am working towards becoming a Registered Dietitian. In order to become an RD, I must graduate from a four-year program as well as apply for and complete a one-year internship.

I have always been a healthy eater and live a pretty active lifestyle. My interest to become a Registered Dietitian began in grade 10 when I took a food and nutrition elective course. After taking this course I was certain that I would apply for Food and Nutrition in university. I was offered early acceptance into the Foods and Nutrition program at UWO and I am loving it!! I am learning many new things regarding healthy eating habits, food insecurity among developing countries and much more.

We all know that Western is known to be the party school; however I try to balance out schoolwork with having fun during my university experience. I have also joined the UWO Dance Force Team, which keeps me active and involved in school activities. As a grad of the regional arts program at Mayfield Secondary School in the dance program and having danced competitively with a local studio for 8 years, being able to continue dancing at a recreational level while at university is great.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to apply for and attain this scholarship and I assure you that it will help me tremendously throughout my university experience. Thank you to Mr. Gary Crowther, President of the Toronto Transportation Club, as well as the TTC board of directors and all of its members for your continuous support of the annual TTC scholarship award. The financial support will help me as well as past and future scholarship recipients, to achieving academic goals.

Thank you to everyone for making a difference in my academic experience and for helping me achieve my dream of becoming an RD. Thank you!!