Younger siblings more often than not feel pressure to live up to the elevated standards set by an offspring.
The bar has been set high for Richard Trusty and he knows the expectations are huge.
Older sister Rhonda-Kaye Trusty graduated this year with honours from the University of Iowa and plans to attend medical school. The four-time Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association (OFSAA) champion was also a valuable member of her university’s track team.
Last Sunday, her brother was presented with a Malton Church of God bursary.
“It means a lot to be recognized by my community and my church and I am going to use this award in my pursuit of higher education,” said Trusty who migrated with his family from Jamaica when he was six years old.
He’s enrolled in Carleton University’s law program.
“I want to make the world a better place and I feel I can do that by becoming a lawyer,” Trusty said.
Bursaries were also presented to Kadian Gonez and Sierra Jackson.
A graduate of St. Marguerite d’Youville Secondary School, Gonez is pursuing Accounting at Brock University.
“Math is my favourite subject and becoming a chartered accountant will definitely be a good fit for me,” said Gonez.
Montego Bay-born Jackson, who came to Canada at six years of age, graduated from Harold Brathwaite Secondary School and is pursuing Nursing at Humber-Guelph University.
“It’s great to have a good support system such as your church helping you reach your educational goals,” said the long-time church member.
The Loving Kindness Ministry (LKM), which is an arm of the church established nine years ago, administers the bursary program.
“I continue to be amazed by the level of talent being manifested among our youths and I am convinced that they are about to change the world in ways that we cannot begin to imagine,” said LKM president Rev. Iris Douglas.
This is the fourth year that the church has presented bursaries to deserving high school graduates.
“As we celebrate another year of this bursary program, we do so with the knowledge that we are contributing in a positive way to the future of our society,” Douglas said. “We are planting seeds and we look forward to what they will produce.”