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Ed Coates Memorial Foundation Donates Metal Lathe to Samuel Robertson Technical

Students at Samuel Robertson Technical are machining metal with a brand-new lathe thanks to a generous donation from Lordco Auto Parts and the Ed Coates Foundation this year. Candace Gottschalk, the vice president of human resources with Lordco, said the foundation, which is named after her late father, is always looking for ways to support automotive and trades education. “This was a great way to help support the community,” she said. “We want to help...

Camosun College and Ed Coates Memorial Foundation Reduce COVID-19 Risk for Automotive Apprentices

Before COVID-19, we would not think twice about sharing items with others. But in 2020, even the small act of sharing a shop tool with a colleague can pose a risk. With this risk in mind, Camosun College reached out to the Ed Coates Memorial Foundation (ECMF). “Sharing tools and working on cars together was part of the daily norm before COVID-19,” explains Patrick Jones, Automotive Instructor with Camosun, Vancouver Island’s largest provider of trades...

The Ed Coates Memorial Foundation Makes Equipment Donation To School District 42’s Trades Program

The Ed Coates Memorial Foundation is proud to announce the donation of a brand-new hoist and metal lathe to the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District 42 Trades Program. The new hoist was installed into Maple Ridge Secondary School this month, and Samuel Robertson Technical will be receiving a new metal lathe shortly; the total equipment donation is valued at $25,000. SD42’s Trades Programs allow high school students to earn post-secondary credits and certifications...

Lordco Employees raise nearly $10,000 in holiday donations

The Coates family would like to thank all the Lordco employees that assisted in donating $9,872.25 to the Ed Coates Memorial Foundation over the 2019 holiday season. The children of Ed Coates – Samantha Coates, Sarah Durant, Ian Coates, and Candace Gottschalk – are happy to personally match the amount raised for a total of $19,744.50. These funds go directly to the many scholarships and bursaries in the automotive trade schools and business programs Lordco...