North Island students shone at this year’s regional Skills Canada competition, held at the North Island College Campbell River campus on Feb. 24.
Students from the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Parksville/Qualicum and Power River School Districts participated in the event. Over 200 competitors in grades 6 through 12 took part in 18 different events ranging from automotive, carpentry, culinary, and welding to 2D/3D animation, digital art and electronics. Junior events for students competing in grades 6 to 8 included gravity cars, spaghetti bridge design, wind turbine and Lego Mindstorm robotics.
“It is a privilege to collaborate with Comox Valley Schools to host this important event, which empowers students as they showcase their outstanding skills and passion for skilled trades and technical careers,” said Cheryl O’Connell, NIC Dean of Trades and Technical programs. “Congratulations to everyone who participated.”
Steve Claassen, Comox Valley Schools Careers Coordinator for Trades and ADST has been involved with Skills Canada for more than 20 years acknowledged that the calibre of skills among North Island students continues to be strong from year to year.
“This event always inspires me as I see our communities next generation of designers, fabricators, technicians and trouble-shooters,” explained Claassen. “The North Island is fortunate to have skilled students in Trades and Technology coming out of very strong school programs and in most years some of our students reach the nationals and come back with medals.”
Secondary Gold Medal Winners:
2D Animation - Jordyn Wallace-Patterson, G.P Vanier Secondary 3D Animation - Elliot Sidlick and Logan Jones, Carihi Secondary Automotive – Leland Strachan, G.P. Vanier Secondary Cabinetmaking - Andrew Hyrbko, Timberline Secondary
Carpentry - Matt Simard, G.P. Vanier Secondary Culinary - Ella Oldaker, Mark R Isfeld Secondary Digital Art - Lee Robinson, G.P. Vanier Secondary Electronics – Ryan White, Highland Secondary Photography – Clara Ingram, G.P. Vanier Secondary Welding - Markus Johnson, Carihi Secondary
Junior Event Winners
Gravity Car - Ari Roberts & Gavin Cooper, Qualicum Beach Elementary
Lego Mindstorm - Jonas Desaulniers and Pavel Petrov, École Puntledge Park Elementary
Potential Energy Vehicle - Flynn Hutton and Hudson Orcutt, Qualicum Beach Elementary
Wind Turbine - Jacob Williams, Aspen Park Elementary
Spaghetti Bridge - Maggie Keenoy and Tallulah Bathurst, Aspen Park Elementary
The gold medal regional winners now advance to the provincials held at the Abbotsford Tradex in April. Provincial winners then have the opportunity to advance to the national Skills Canada competition.
Skills Canada provides opportunities for thousands of students to participate in competitions, Try-a-Trade activities, or participate in the Women in Trades and Technology Conference. Skills Canada’s goal is to showcase the skilled trades and technologies as first choice careers to the thousands of young people who participate in the competitions annually.