Vancouver sent a group of very talented students to the 2018 national Skills Canada competition, held this year in Edmonton, and their results were terrific.
Queenie Li from David Thompson Secondary won a silver medal in Baking, while Eric Hamber Secondary's Kenneth Chow won silver in Fashion Technology. Hamber student Jennifer Leong won 4th place in Graphic Design and Hamber alumnus (class of 2017) Clarissa Roque won a bronze in Baking Post-Secondary. These students earned their spots by placing first in their respective events at the Skills BC Provincials in April.
As this was a qualifying year for World Skills, both Chow and Roque have earned the opportunity to vie for places on the 2019 Canadian national team.
Hamber principal Marea Jensen shared that Chow now has a dilemma. "Kenneth is mulling over whether to stay committed to heading to fashion design school in London for September or take the year to prepare for the World Skills competition which will take place in Russia," she says.
VSB superintendent Suzanne Hoffman says she was blown away by the results. "I am so pleased, impressed and appreciative of the staff that have supported these obviously incredibly talented students!"
Also competing from Vancouver were Patrick Bucu of John Oliver Secondary in auto body repair; Anastasia Peters of Kitsilano Secondary in job search; and Sara Peters from Hamber in workplace safety. This group was among more than 500 young people from all regions of Canada who came to the Skills Canada national competition to participate in more than 40 skilled trade and technology events.
"The Vancouver students should be congratulated for all their hard work in preparation for and throughout this event," declares VSB career programs coordinator Karen Blake, who accompanied the team to Edmonton. "Three of them passed on attending their graduation ceremonies in order to compete at these nationals. They were all excellent ambassadors for their schools, and the school district."