Taylor Simpson just won a Car Career BC Education Grant worth $1,000.
He’s currently in the last year of a three-year apprenticeship, which involves studying at University of the Fraser Valley, and work experience at Dearborn Ford in Kamloops.
Taylor is a Canim Lake resident with a love for motors. His parents, Gordon and Debbie Simpson, bought the Rainbow Resort on Canim Lake 19 years ago, when Taylor was two years old.
He went to school at Forest Grove Elementary School, where Jean Reynolds was one of his teachers.
Taylor gravitated to the trades while at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, particularly small engine repair. During Grades 11 and 12, he worked at Performance All-Terrain, which was an experience his mom says he really enjoyed.
Now, Taylor plans to continue to the fourth level of his trade next year.
“We’re really proud of what he has done,” Deb says, adding that when he comes home to the lodge, it’s sometimes “hard to get him to work on motors.”
On his breaks, she explains, he’d rather “catch up on fishing, and visiting with his old friends,” who are the repeat customers of the Lodge he has known since childhood.