Wayne Newton (left), the mechanics teacher at Cowichan Secondary School, stands with Grade 12 student Mya Rosenlind in front of the $2,500 worth of tools and equipment that were bought through a fundraiser organized by Rosenlind. (Submitted photo)

Wayne Newton (left), the mechanics teacher at Cowichan Secondary School, stands with Grade 12 student Mya Rosenlind in front of the $2,500 worth of tools and equipment that were bought through a fundraiser organized by Rosenlind. (Submitted photo)

Students and community step up to help supply Cowichan Secondary mechanics class

About $2,500 raised for tools at Cowichan Secondary School

Christmas came early for Wayne Newman, the mechanics teacher at Cowichan Secondary School.

Newman said he was shocked when he entered the school’s mechanics area on Dec. 15 and found it full of brand new equipment that was needed in his shop.

Newman, who has been teaching mechanics at the school for five years, was summoned to the shop that day by Grade 12 student Mya Rosenlind, who had been taking mechanic classes from him for the past two years and led the initiative to raise money to buy the tools and equipment.

Rosenlind said students, including herself, are constantly breaking tools accidentally in class and Newman has only a small budget to work with to replace them.


“I’ve broken my share of tools while in class,” she said.

“I decided to talk to other students in Mr. Newman’s class and those who have taken it in the past to try to raise about $200 to buy some tools. But then it got bigger than I expected when family members and other people from the community got involved and we managed to raise $1,200. Then the fundraiser really blew up when [Duncan’s] Lordco Auto Parts donated another $1,300 to help buy the tools and equipment.”

Rosenlind said all the tools that were purchased with the $2,500 were brought to the school and placed in Newman’s shop class before she called him to the room.

“He was really excited and grateful when he saw what we had done, and then we presented him with a card with the names of everyone who donated on it,” she said.

“We also gave him a $50 gift certificate so that he could take his wife out to brunch. Mr. Newman didn’t know how to react to it all. All of his students, past and present, are so appreciative of him.”

Newman acknowledged that he was shocked by such generosity by his students and the community.


“Mya had asked me to be in the shop at a certain time, and I thought is was a student matter, so I was quite amazed when I entered the room,” he said.

“People in the community sometimes donate cars to the shop for students to work on, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this. Some say kids are selfish, but this proves it isn’t true.”

Andrew Hoffmann, the manager at Lordco, said he was touched by Rosenlind’s efforts to help Newman with his shop, and supporting the community is important to the company.

“Mya was so eager to help her teacher that we wanted to help too,” he said.

“She had a wish list of tools that were needed. The whole thing was awesome.”


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Moira Mercer spent her summer riding her e-bike around Cowichan Lake and beyond, collecting any empties she found along the way. (Submitted)
Lake Cowichan 2020 in review — conclusion

What were your top stories from 2020?

Staff meetings can be difficult when everyone has his own agenda. (Mary Lowther photo)
Mary Lowther column: Garden additions at request of staff

I’ll sow the catnip in flats on the seed table inside

Sarah Simpson
Sarah Simpson column: Snowballs fights and dead spiders

Even if it doesn’t end up how we hope, it’s the trying that matters most.

Cowichan Tribes members line up at a drive-up clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the region. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
BCAFN condems racism against Cowichan Tribes after COVID-19 outbreak

“Any one of us could do everything right and still catch the virus”: Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Standardized foundation skills assessment tests in B.C. schools will be going ahead later than usual, from Feb. 16 to March 12 for students in Grades 4 and 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. teachers say COVID-affected school year perfect time to end standardized tests

Foundational skills testing of Grade 4 and 7 students planned for February ad March

Sooke’s Jim Bottomley is among a handful of futurists based in Canada. “I want to help people understand the future of humanity.” (Aaron Guillen - Sooke News Mirror)
No crystal ball: B.C. man reveals how he makes his living predicting the future

63-year-old has worked analytical magic for politicians, car brands, and cosmetic companies

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

A still from surveillance footage showing a confrontation in the entranceway at Dolly’s Gym on Nicol Street on Friday morning. (Image submitted)
Troublemaker in Nanaimo fails at fraud attempt, slams door on business owner’s foot

VIDEO: Suspect causes pain and damage in incident downtown Friday morning

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virtually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Most Read