Conestoga news

November 1, 2018 1:49 PM

Weston Family Scholarship recipients named

Twenty-four Conestoga trades students and eight apprenticeship students have been named recipients of the Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades for 2018-19.

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Conestoga students who receive a Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades also serve as ambassadors at trades-related co-curricular activities. In May, these ambassadors volunteered at Conestoga's Jill of All Trades — an event to introduce young women to careers in the skilled trades.

The scholarship program was announced earlier this year; over the course of four years it will give more than 65 students and close to 20 apprentices in a range of construction, industrial and motive power sector programs an opportunity to pursue successful careers in the skilled trades.

The scholarships have been structured to support students throughout the completion of their programs: recipients will receive up to $4,000 from the Weston Family Scholarship program and will also receive tuition awards from Conestoga each academic year to assist with tuition costs.

“We are pleased to announce the 2018-19 recipients,” said Joni Jean, chair, Trades & Apprenticeship. “This scholarship is unique in that recipients also join a growing network of Weston Family Scholars. As ambassadors for the trades, recipients participate in various co-curricular activities within the School of Trades & Apprenticeship, and external activities such as high school presentations, trade days, conferences and more.”

The 2017-18 recipients, announced earlier this year, included ten Conestoga trades students and five apprenticeship students.

The scholarships are open to students in their first semester of a diploma or certificate skilled trades program, and apprentices entering Level 1 in-class training.

The 2018-19 recipients are:


  • Jason Ambeau - Tool And Die Maker
  • Rory Arthurs - Electrician - Construction and Maintenance
  • Daniel Brown - Truck and Coach Technician
  • Sandy Heseltine - Plumber
  • Kedric Ireland - Truck and Coach Technician
  • Morgan McKinney - Automotive Service Technician
  • Mark Roy - Machine Tool Builder and Integrator
  • Ashley Stirbys - Industrial Mechanic Millwright

Trades students:

  • Mackenzie Campbell - Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
  • Tian Cooper - Mechanical Techniques - Plumbing
  • Paul Crombie - Woodworking Technician
  • Tai Degiorgio - Motive Power Techniques - Truck and Coach Repair
  • John Dinh - Motive Power Technician - Automotive Service
  • Luke Dreyer - Construction Techniques (Carpentry)
  • McGwire Guenther - Construction Techniques (Carpentry)
  • Megan Heikens - Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
  • Lance Hofstetter - Motive Power Fundamentals - Automotive Repair
  • Michael Holloway - Motive Power Fundamentals - Automotive Repair
  • Jordan Horan - Motive Power Technician - Heavy Duty Equipment
  • William Maclean - Mechanical Technician - Tool and Die/Tool Maker
  • Braedon McCarles - Carpentry and Renovation Technician
  • Mitchell McCrady - Welding and Fabrication Technician
  • Brodie Meadows - Heavy Construction Equipment Operation
  • Jessica Mellace - Heavy Construction Equipment Operation
  • Brent Moore - Mechanical Technician - General Machinist
  • Mitchell Nael - Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
  • Nathan Olszewski - Powerline Technician
  • Michael Schreuders - Powerline Technician
  • Matthew Sprung - Electrical Technician - Industrial
  • Katherine Stuglik - Woodworking Technician
  • Steven Vang - Electrical Technician - Industrial
  • Sally Wiseman - Electro-Mechanical Maintenance

Trades students beginning their studies in January 2019 are eligible to apply for this scholarship by the next deadline, January 15, 2019: view the application form or contact Adelaide Manley, liaison officer of the Weston Family Scholarship, for more information.

For three generations, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has pursued its mission to enhance and enrich the lives of Canadians. With a focus on medical research, the environment, and education, the Foundation aims to catalyze inquiry and innovation to bring about long-term change. As the Foundation marks its 60th anniversary, it continues to collaborate with a broad range of Canadian charities to further world-class research, explore new ideas, and create tangible benefits for the communities in which it works.

Conestoga is a provincial leader in the delivery of trades and apprenticeship training to serve industry needs and our growing community. Comprehensive programming includes a wide range of post-secondary trades programs that provide pathways to employment in skilled trades careers as well as pre-apprenticeship training and in-school training for apprentices.

Visit the School of Trades & Apprenticeship for more information.