By Jonathan Martin
After donating more than 1,800 hours of free time to her community, a local 17-year-old is getting something back.
Megan Bonneau received a $2,000 scholarship cheque from Foresters Financial last Tuesday afternoon. According to Jeremie Bornais, Bonneau’s financial advisor and owner of Bornais Insurance and Financial, Bonneau will receive another $2,000 for each year in which she is enrolled in an undergraduate program.
The scholarship is part of the Foresters Competitive Scholarship Program, which gives money to 250 students within Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom who meet its academic standards, give back to their communities and whose families do business with the life insurance agency.
“I didn’t do this for recognition,” Bonneau said. “Everyone in my community (of Janettes Creek) knows each other, so it always feels good to give back.”
She added that even after she starts her post-secondary studies, her volunteering won’t stop.
Bonneau plans to attend the University of Windsor for a double major, honours, in psychology and history.
“We’re so proud of her,” said Megan’s mother, Debbie Bonneau, as tears welled up in her eyes. “We’re so thankful to Jeremie (Bornais) for making us aware of this opportunity.”
The Bonneaus have been working with Bornais Insurance and Financial for years.
This is the first time Bornais has seen one of his clients receive the scholarship. In fact, this is a first for all of Southwestern Ontario according to David Hutchison of Foresters.
“It was a real blessing to hear that she was not only informed of the opportunity, but is also giving back to her community,” Hutchison said. “It’s a real credit to both her and her parents.”
As the cheque presentation ceremony came to a close, Megan Bonneau spoke up above the applause, laughter and tears.
“As someone leaving high school and heading off to university,” she said, “I can definitely say that getting involved … and giving back … has helped me grow as a person and helped me feel ready for what’s to come.”