PROVINCE ANNOUNCES TIM MCLEAN MEMORIAL BURSARY FUND

Update on Tim McLean:

Tim McLean

From an unfortunate incident comes a positive outcome. Aboriginal students will benefit from Tim’s tragic death.  Through a bursary set up in his name, students will be able to undergo Apprenticeship training.

January 18, 2011

Aboriginal apprentices in Manitoba are now eligible for a new bursary established in memory of Tim McLean, an aspiring motor-vehicle mechanic prior to his tragic death in 2008, Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade Minister Peter Bjornson and Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson announced today.
 
“This bursary will provide additional support for young Manitobans interested in entering the trades,” said Bjornson.  “By establishing the fund in honour of Tim McLean, we hope his memory will live on in a way that reflects his hopes and aspirations at the time of his tragic death.”
 
The Tim McLean Memorial Bursary Fund will be awarded annually to prospective or current Aboriginal apprentices as part of the Apprenticeship Endowment Fund, established in 2009 to help address financial barriers facing Manitoba apprentices.  The Apprenticeship Endowment Fund was designed to help attract and retain a diverse mix of prospective and current apprentices, while investing in the future of apprenticeship training in the province, said Bjornson.  It is one component of a plan to support the recommendations set out in the Apprenticeship Futures Commission.
 
“Many Canadians are familiar with the heartbreaking circumstances of Tim’s passing but most are unaware of the career goals and ambitions he once shared with many young Manitobans,” said Robinson.  “This bursary will help others realize Tim’s dream and help keep his memory alive in a positive way.”  
 
The Apprenticeship Endowment Fund is managed by the Winnipeg Foundation and an Apprenticeship Endowment Fund Committee made up of Apprenticeship and Certification Board members.  The Apprenticeship Endowment Fund Committee is responsible for developing and maintaining the bursary program including the selection of successful applicants.  Recipients will be selected based primarily on financial need with consideration also given to academic standing and a personal written statement from each applicant.
 
Applications for the Tim McLean Memorial Bursary are now available on the Apprenticeship Manitoba website with an annual deadline of April 30.  For more information about the Apprenticeship Endowment Fund and to download an application, visit:
                                                                    
For more information about contributing to the Apprenticeship Endowment Fund or the Tim McLean Memorial Bursary contact the Winnipeg Foundation at www.wpgfdn.org.  All donations will receive a charitable tax receipt, issued by the Winnipeg Foundation.
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