By CRM Staff
Abbotsford, British Columbia — June 8, 2018 — The Ed Coates Memorial Foundation has announced the creation and funding of new leadership awards for automotive students at the University of Fraser Valley, in Abbotsford, B.C. The Foundation has donated $37,500 to fund these awards, the largest amount it has given to date, according to Auto Service World. The amount will be matched by the university.
“In funding these awards, we hope that Ed’s entrepreneurial legacy will live on in the businesses that are founded by individuals who have benefitted from the foundation’s support,” says Candace Gottschalk, Coates’ daughter and vice president of human resources at Lordco, in an interview with Auto Service World. “Ed was an innovative business leader and born entrepreneur who guided his company through difficult economic times and firmly established Lordco as a leader in the automotive industry.”
Each year, two students will be awarded with $1,500. One will be selected from the Automotive Service Technician program and one from the Automotive Collision Repair Program.
“We very much appreciate this investment in the future of our automotive students by a foundation that honours Ed Coates, an admired leader in the industry in B.C.,” says Rolf Arnold, associate dean of Applied and Technical Studies at the university.
For more information on the Ed Coates Memorial Foundation, please visit edcoatesfoundation.org.