As a recipient of The Ed Coates Memorial Foundation Scholarship at Vancouver Community College, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the recognition and support you have provided me through this award. I have completed the first step of getting my red seal painter ticket, by taking the Prep and Refinishing program at VCC. I have learned to appreciate the skill and techniques that have been demonstrated by my instructors. My exposure to an environment that has people working with a passion and willing to teach others has inspired me even more to become a better student, even while working in the body shop. After finishing the program and entering the trades’ field, I hope to learn more and master the skill as best as I can. I am honored to have been chosen amongst my peers for this award. Thank you for your generous support as I learn and advance in the trade.