Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

November 19, 2008 12:40 ET

Inaugural Presentation of OTA Education Foundation Scholarship for Children of Truck Driver Killed, Seriously Injured on the Job

Debbie Virgoe, widow of truck driver hero killed in 2007 street racing incident to be on hand for presentation at OTA convention

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2008) - A perpetual scholarship funded by the Ontario Trucking Association and overseen by the OTA Education Foundation to assist the children of Ontario truck drivers that have been killed or seriously injured to pursue post-secondary studies will be presented for the first time at the association's 82nd annual convention.

The scholarship will be presented at approx. 1:40 p.m. at a luncheon on Thursday, November 20 (12:30 - 2:30 pm, International Room, Doubletree Hotel by Hilton - Airport). On hand for the presentation will be Debbie Virgoe, widow of the Ontario truck driver whose tragic death in June 2007, was one of the guiding factors leading OTA to establish the scholarship. Mr. Virgoe was called a hero by OPP officers after taking evasive action to avoid oncoming traffic as a result of a street racing incident.

The annual scholarship is administered by the OTA Education Foundation, a charitable institution devoted to the furtherance of education for Ontario post-secondary students. Established in 1958, the Foundation was founded with the goal of providing assistance to Ontario students, regardless of their field of study, who have demonstrated a commitment to academic success, personal goals, and community service.

The student recipient must be enrolled in or registered to attend a recognized Canadian university or college on a full-time basis, and be under the age of 25. The student must also be the child of a professional driver (employee or owner-operator) who has died or been seriously injured as a direct result of his/her driving occupation. The application process also requires the inclusion of letters from both the student applicant as well as the employer/carrier of the applicant's parent, along with a letter from the student applicant which outlines his/her academic and career goals. Applications are reviewed by the Foundation's Selection Committee, which selects the scholarship winner in accordance with the scholarship's eligibility and selection criteria.

WHEN: Thurs. Nov. 20, 2008; 12:30 - 2:30 pm
(Presentation time approx: 1:40 p.m.)


Doubletree Hotel by Hilton (Toronto Airport),
International (B/C room)
655 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON M9W 1J4

Scott Smith, President, JD Smith & Sons; Chairman, OTA Education Foundation
David Bradley, President, Ontario Trucking Association
Debbie Virgoe

The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is a business association representing motor carriers operating into, out of and within Ontario. The trucking industry is one of Ontario's largest employers. Trucks haul 90% of all consumer products and foodstuffs produced and consumed in the province and 80% of Ontario's trade with the United States. Founded in 1926, the association's membership comprises trucking companies of all sizes, shipping all types of commodities, from all regions of North America. OTA is a member of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Trucking Association
    Rebecka Torn
    Communications Director
    (416) 249-7401 x 224
    1-866-713-4188 (FAX)
    Email: rebecka.torn@ontruck.org