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
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!”
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.
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