Weissach Foundation a reflection of its founder
Vancouver automotive icon Asgar Virji has spent a career mentoring and giving back
It all started with a bag of Corgi toy cars.
“On Sundays, after lunch my dad would give the kids a Coca-Cola, which we’d get once a week as a treat, and on one Sunday he just unleashed a bag of Corgi toy cars,” Asgar Virji recalls of his seven-year-old self. “I was just enthralled. We had Oriental rugs with wide borders all through the house and I used them as the highways.”
“Giving back has always been at the heart of what we do and as we enter the next decade of the business, we have switched gears with an even greater commitment to our community,” the Weissach president says. “I am humbled by how many people helped me along my journey and I want to provide students with a passion for all things automotive and the same opportunities I was given.”
“They get to do what they pick, but the one stipulation is they have to come back and spend a lunch break telling their co-workers about the experience,” explains Virji. “I want them to realize how blessed they are and to possibly instil in them the concept of giving back.”
“Young kids are filled with anxiety today, and there seems to be no hope, but there is hope, and there is a lot of opportunity if you stay focused and work hard,” Virji says, drawing on his own backstory of starting at the bottom of the dealership ladder for inspiration. “Coming from nothing and starting my career washing cars and sweeping the shop floor to have the opportunity to embrace myself in a brand that I love, which I still absolutely love and is the reason I’ve maintained the Weissach business.”