2019 Motor Vehicle Industry of Manitoba scholarship recipients.
Back Row left to right – Victor Ogunlana, Tyler Sigurdson, Devon Raap, Brayden Robb, Ryan Marchand, Dean Weiss, Simon Rahn, Arvin Camet
Center Row left to right – Brandon Majcher, Brett Rudd, Filimon Weldesilasie, Jan Ferrer, Darryl Merritt, Ashley Weber, Robin Johnson, Jonathon Hirsch
Front Row left to right – Pamela Buhler, Emmanuel Rafiki, Nathan Gusowski, Tristen Hacking, Michael Smith
Missing – Trevor Gardner
New endowments highlight 2019 automotive scholarships
Back in 2002, Don and Joyce Sobering marked the 55th anniversary of their family business, Sobering Automotive Centre (formerly Sobering Auto Electric), and reflected on their commitment to apprenticeship training of highly skilled technicians for the auto industry, by launching the Motor Vehicle Industry of Manitoba (MVIM) scholarships.
Over the years, several other stakeholders — including the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association, the Manitoba Used Car Dealers Association, the Automotive Trades Association, the Automotive Recyclers of Manitoba and MPI — have all joined the Sobering family in contributing scholarships to the program.
This year’s MVIM scholarship banquet and presentations — which were held June 12 at the Khartum Shrine Centre — featured two new scholarships compliments of the Rewucki family.
The Rewucki family was among the pioneers in auto sales in Manitoba. Andrew Rewucki opened Eastern Sales in Beausejour in 1946 in partnership with his son, Joe, and son-in-law, John Gusnoski. The family relocated the Chrysler store to north Winnipeg in 1957. Eastern Chrysler remained in the family, most recently under the leadership of Joe’s daughter, Marietta, until 2014 when Auto Canada added the dealership to its stable of auto stores across Canada.
Last year, the Rewucki family introduced the Gerald Rewucki Memorial Scholarship Fund (in memory of Joe’s eldest son, who died tragically in a motor vehicle accident) to the MVIM scholarship evening. For 2019, the Rewucki family added the Andrew and Mary Rewucki and Joe and Geraldine Memorial Scholarships to the evening’s presentations.
The scholarships are open to students pursuing their Red Seal certification as automotive service, collision repair or collision refinishing technicians. There are two levels of scholarships: for students still in high school programs and those in post-secondary studies.
Students can apply as often as they wish while eligible. Of special mention is Ashley Weber, who has been a recipient of the Don and Joyce Sobering Family Scholarship for each of the past five years. Weber, who is almost finished her journey to Red Seal certification, represented Canada at the 2017 International WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi and is currently a member of the Skills Manitoba provincial technical committee.
Winnipeg Free Press