To all students, coaches, alumni and friends of Reach For The Top/Schoolreach:
These past few weeks have been difficult and confusing for all Canadians.
The closure of all schools, international border restrictions & closures, travel limitations and ever more stringent social distancing measures have understandably created challenges and uncertainty. But these are necessary and ongoing steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
In cooperation with these measures, it is evident to us that the Reach Ontario Provincial Finals and National Finals for the 2019/20 season cannot take place in May as scheduled and are therefore cancelled.
By continuing necessary social distancing together, we all have a role to play in confronting this global pandemic. Check our Facebook page for updates and Trivia challenges to play at home. We hope for a brighter and pandemic-free 2020-21 season of Schoolreach/Reach For The Top.
Frank Russell, National Co-ordinator
Daniel Hill, National Director
Paul G. Russell, Executive Director
The 2016 Ontario Provincials took place May 14-16 in Scarborough at St. John Paul II C.S.S. and the University of Toronto – Scarborough Campus.
40 teams from across the province participated in a round-robin ranking tournament. After an action-packed tournament the Top 10 were decided and faced off in the Finals games to decide who would represent Ontario at the National Finals.
On behalf of Reach for the Top, I would like to personally thank the Humber students who put so much time and effort into organizing and staging this splendid event and all of the donors and sponsors for their generous support of the Reach for the Top Foundation.
-Paul Russell, Executive Director, Reach for the Top
Reach For The Top’s (RFFT) first ever silent auction & fundraiser was a huge success. The auction was held at Humber College North Campus on December 1, 2015. Forty Humber College Event Planning: Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism students organized, planned and executed the fundraiser to support the recently launched Reach for the Top Foundation.
The event raised over $6,000, an astounding 20 per cent over the desired goal. The funds raised will assist Canada’s youth by providing annual scholarships and bursaries for post-secondary education.
The goal was to raise a total of $5,000 for the Reach for the Top Foundation and provide Humber College students with the practical experience of executing a successful event. In a mere couple of hours, Concourse was transformed into an entertaining live event venue complete with 60s décor, photo booth, and the grooviest soundtrack. Goods valued at over $12, 000, donated by generous community donors, included a signature Tiffany & Co. bracelet. More than 200 staff, students and Reach alumni showed up to bid on their most wanted items and revisited the swinging 60s.
Our generous community donors and diligent students brought the event to fruition after months of dedicated work. Reach for the Top is proud to announce that this fundraiser exceeded its goals and had a stellar turnout.
Reach would also like to acknowledge sponsors and donors:
GTA Exotic Car Tours
Dr. Nicola Crichigno Orthodontics
Paradise Beauty Spa
Bob and Paige Salon
Joe Mama’s Restaurant
Humber Book Store
Humer Linx Lounge
Taz Hair Salon
Taylor and Colts
Reach for the Top was pleased to announce the establishment of the Reach for the Top Foundation at the Faculty Club of the University of Toronto on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015. Now fully active, this charitable foundation acknowledges students and alumni for their achievement and excellence in scholarly and cultural pursuits.
Highlights of the evening included remarks from Jay Misuk (Reach convenor for the Hamilton Wentworth League) and Martingrove C.I. students Fox Slawnych, and Bennet Montgomery (pictured left). The evening concluded with a few rounds of Stop Light Trivia with Fraser Simpson. Guests went home inspired and informed.
The event was well attended with special guests including: Patricia Stewart (co-founder of Schoolreach, the in-school subscription programme), Paul Russell, (creator and lead donor), Daniel Hill, (director of Reach For The Top), William Schultz, (creator of the Don Haig Foundation and Award), Aneil Gokhale and Emma Jenkin from the Toronto Foundation and our national host Ryan Vickers.