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Skills Canada Peace Region Competition showcases Trades occupations

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Hundreds of students from Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, and Tumbler Ridge, from the secondary and post-secondary levels, visited the hangar to test their skills. A range of highly creative and challenging competitions were offered such as Spaghetti Bridge, Gravity Car and GearBots, Carpentry, Welding, Hairdressing, Esthetics, plus many more including Public Speaking, Graphic Design, and Video Production.

“The wide variety of events that we showcased this year is so important to the promotion of the skilled trades and technologies,” said Jamie Maxwell, Regional Coordinator for Skills Canada. “We hope that the students who participated can see a happy and productive future in the skilled trades from their involvement.”

Two new events were introduced at the Peace Region annual competition this year. Try-a-Trade, for grade seven students, gave students a chance to rotate through a series of trades and get a hands-on feel of what it might be like to work as a tradesperson on that particular trade. Women in Trades was a presentation aimed at young women that gave them the chance to dialogue and interact with women working in the trades and technologies sectors.

 “Industry involvement was wonderful – we would like to thank BC Hydro, Calfrac and the so many more that participated through attending and/or donating supplies and awards,” said NLC’s Dean of Trades and Apprenticeships Rene Tremblay. “Hosting this event is really special for NLC.”

The Peace Region Skills Canada Committee includes partners from School Districts 59, 60 and NLC.

Gold medalists in each division have the opportunity to travel to Abbotsford for the Provincial Skills competition in April.

Skills Canada is a national organization that promotes excellence in skilled trades and technologies by organizing competitions at the Middle School, Secondary and Post-Secondary (Apprentice) levels.

2015 Peace Region Skills Competition Winners

Junior Skills

Spaghetti Bridge

Gold                                      Ethan Willms and Tyler McElderry (DCSS)

Silver                                     Juliana Reid and Anika Humborstad (DCSS)

Bronze                                  Jessie Copes, Madison Fell and Devyn Peever (DCSS)


Gravity Vehicle

Gold                                      Cole Regner and Shawn Coldwell (DCSS)

Silver                                     Logan Kimmie, Tarin Clay and Edwin Bannow (Clearview)

Bronze                                  Kakayla Martin-Fisher and Tate Fickle (DCSS)

Secondary Skills

Automotive Service

Gold                                      Blake Jonigkeit (DCSS)

Silver                                     Russel McIntyre (CSS)

Bronze                  (Tied)       Felix Hehemann (DCSS) and Ryan Chmielewski (DCSS)



Gold                                      Payton Dekker (DCSS)

Silver                                     Austin Baxter (NPSS)

Bronze                                  Josef Watson (DCSS)


Graphic Design

Gold                                      Sara Belkin (DCSS)

Silver                                     Adriana Anderson (DCSS)


TV/Video Production

Gold                                      Jaden Ford and Nova Lefresne (DCSS)

Silver                                     Faw Fabon and Angelica Semilla (DCSS)

Bronze                                  Grady McTavish and Ryan Leawood (DCSS)



Gold                                      Shelby Gustafson (FNSS)

Silver                                     Kate Chmelyk (FNSS)

Bronze                                  Jordan Wall (NPSS)


Public Speaking

Gold                                      Marina Myllymaki (NPSS)

Silver                                     Lucy Loichinger (NPSS)

Bronze                                  Hannah Bartsch (NPSS)


Job Interview

Gold                                      Parker Heck (NPSS)

Silver                                     Kyle Wood (NPSS)

Bronze                                  Jada Miller (NPSS)



Gold                                      Tucker Beddal and Riley Boomer (FNSS)

Silver                                     Jordan Streeper and Harry Sibia (FNSS)

Bronze                                  Dustin Bramhill (FNSS)



Gold                                      Dakota Dilworth (DCSS)

Silver                                     Layne Burton (DCSS)

Bronze                                  Austin Parsons (DCSS)


Post-Secondary Skills


Gold                                      Brad Johnson (NLC)

Silver                                     Kyle Turner (NLC)

Bronze                                  Matthew Link (NLC)



Gold                                      Sam Holthe (NLC)

Silver                                     Carlee Tolway (NLC)      

Bronze                                  Billie-Jean Williams (NLC)



Gold                                      Brittany Curtis (FNSS)

Silver                                     Ashley Wallington (DCSS)