Jan 17
Rock-solid Instructor Wins Award

Congratulations to Brian Gebhardt, RRC masonry instructor, for being named Instructor of the Year by Apprenticeship Manitoba. He received the award at a gala dinner in early December. Brian Gebhardt close up view.jpg

Brian has been teaching the skill of masonry to students at RRC for 30 years – and he still loves what he does. For him, it’s all about the students. 

“It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to take a ‘never before mason’, and give them the skills they need to be an accomplished, competent mason,” he says. “I have many students who have moved from apprentice to journeyperson, some to foreman, to supervisor, and some to masonry business owner.” Many of his students have also won awards at Skills Canada and at World Skills events: “I’m often told that Canadian masons can’t compete with Europeans, but yes we can!” he says.

Brian attributes his success in life to two opportunities that he was given. The first “is having someone believe in me to give me a bricklayer apprenticeship, and the second is that 30 years ago four people at RRC gave me the chance to be the masonry instructor at the College.” He has clearly never looked back – and his students are the fortunate beneficiaries of his skill and dedication.

Way to go, Brian! Your award is well deserved recognition. Thank you for the reminder that the important work of teaching is all about students.

To read more about Brian and his career, follow this link to the story posted on the RRC website: https://www.rrc.ca/news/2019/12/09/masonry-master-named-apprenticeship-manitobas-instructor-of-the-year/


 

Comments

Congrats, Brian!

Congrats, Brian!
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  • Sherry L Seymour
 on 1/17/2020 9:13 AM

Congratulations!

Congratulations!
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  • Janine Carmichael
 on 1/17/2020 9:14 AM

I add my congratulations to...

I add my congratulations to this list, Brian. Way to go!
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  • Amanda Le Rougetel
 on 1/17/2020 12:23 PM

Excellent! Way to go Brian!

Excellent! Way to go Brian!
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  • Ruth Lindsey-Armstrong
 on 1/17/2020 3:46 PM