The Skills Canada Prince Edward Island team of 40 students and apprentices brought home eight medals from the 23rd annual Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba, recently.
Carter Arsenault, an apprentice cabinetmaker, who brought home a gold medal also received the distinction of winning Best in Region in his category. Mary Beth Perry an apprentice hairstylist, also won a gold medal. Three Oaks Senior High School student Fiona Steele received a silver medal in public speaking, and Erin Chaisson, a student at Charlottetown Rural High School won a bronze for his work in the IT Office Software Applications category. Jack MacPhail a student at Bluefield High School won a bronze in Workplace Safety. Colonel Gray High School student Jacob Hood won a bronze medal in Cabinetmaking; and Bria Amyot, a student at Holland College’s Culinary Institute of Canada won a bronze medal in Baking.
“We are incredibly proud of the level of skill and dedication shown by the entire team this year,” said Tawna MacLeod, Executive Director of Skills Canada PEI. “P.E.I. students competed in 35 competition categories and finished in the top five of 20 of them. The students were competing against the very best from across Canada, the competition was very stiff, and our students have done all of P.E.I. proud.”
The event drew over 10,000 spectators during the two-day competition. The National Skills Competition is the only Olympic style competition which serves to highlight excellent in trades and technology. In total, 550 of Canada’s best skilled trade and technology students and apprentices converged at Royal Bank Convention Centre in Winnipeg for the event, which included 43 separate competitions in six different sectors: construction, services, manufacturing, transportation, information technology and employability.
Carter Arsenault, Cabinetmaking gold medalist and winner of the distinction of Best in Region, at work on his project during the 23rd annual Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba.