Madison Joinson Earns 2016 Bob Clarke Scholarship

The award was presented at the ARA AGM in Whistler.

In 2012, the Automotive Retailers Association created the Bob Clarke Automotive Scholarship in memory of former ARA president, Bob Clarke, who had passed away earlier that year.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student who has “a flair for, and a genuine interest in, pursuing a career in the automotive trades and plans to enrol in a Red Seal apprenticeship.”

This year, the Automotive Retailers Foundation Inc. board of directors awarded the scholarship to Madison Joinson, the first-ever female recipient of the award.

Madison is from Maple Ridge, B.C. and has just completed her first year of the Automotive Technicians Foundations program, as part of the BCIT/SD 42 partnership program. She is currently working towards her level 1 certification and plans to work her way up to Red Seal certification. Madison says her passion is for automotive mechanics and winning this award puts her one step closer to pursuing her dreams.

“You guys helped me realize with hard work, passion, and drive, you truly can accomplish anything you put your mind to, no matter how hard it is to achieve,” Madison said after receiving her award at the ARA AGM Awards Banquet on Saturday, September 17, 2016. “It was an honour to meet everyone and, most importantly, to be a part of a wonderful movement you guys have started.”

At the awards banquet, ARFI chairman Paul Schwartz and Blake Clarke, son of the late Bob Clarke, presented Madison with her $1,000 scholarship and certificate. Madison also received a toolbox donated by Lordco, a $150 Lordco gift card donated by Hub Insurance, and a pair of coveralls donated by Unifirst.

(l-r) ARFI chairman Paul Schwartz, Madison Joinson, and Blake Clarke

Click here to learn more about the ARFI and the other 2016 recipients.