Each of the winners of the 2017 Skills Canada competition for automotive paint and body repair will receive a bursary of $800 on behalf of the Sam Piercey Foundation.
“We would like to thank the Foundation for this generous contribution” says Shaun Thorson, CEO, Skills/Compétences Canada. “It’s with contributions like this that we continue to encourage and reinforce the passion young Canadians have for skilled trades careers.”
Sam Piercey was the co-owner of Budds’ Collision in Oakville, Ontario, who passed away on July 24, 2016, as a result of complications arising due to leukemia. Piercey was well-known in the industry for his strong opinions and his willingness to voice them. He was also widely known for his willingness to mentor young technicians and shop owners, helping them to understand the collision repair industry.
The Sam Piercey Foundation was established in his memory and as a part of his continuing legacy. The idea started with Sam Piercey Jr., one of Sam's sons. He approached Terry Budd of the Budds’ Group of Companies, and the Sam Piercey Foundation was officially launched on December 16, 2017 at the Budds’ Collision Annual Christmas Pig Roast. The Foundation aims to provide annual scholarships and/or funding for students studying or competing in collision and paint repair across Canada on an annual basis.
Terry Budd, one of the principals at the Budds’ Group, says, “Sam would be extremely proud of this endowment and the legacy it will leave. He was a one-of-a-kind champion for the collision repair industry.”
The Sam Piercey Foundation has partnered with Skills Canada to recognize students who are competing nationally in body repair and paint competitions. Winning students will be provided with the bursary to be utilized for tuition and other recognized post-secondary courses in the collision and paint industry. Budds’ has committed to funding the first five years of recipients’ awards as the Foundation continues to grow.
The Foundation is seeking similar matching annual contributions and commitments along with raising funds at the Budds’ Collision Annual Christmas Pig Roast and other scheduled events throughout the year. To the extent the Foundation continues to accumulate a capital base, further annual contributions will be awarded.
Consolidated Dealers and the CCS Network are early supporters of the Sam Piercey Foundation. Mike Beier of Consolidated Dealers says, “When the opportunity presented itself, we jumped at the chance to contribute on behalf of the CCS Network and Consolidated Dealers. Sam was a friend, mentor and influence in the lives of many in our industry and we are proud to support his continued legacy through the Foundation.”