The Vancouver School Board had a sizable presence at this year's Provincial Skills Competition. Dozens of students from Vancouver schools competed in a range of events in Abbotsford's TradeX Centre on April 9.
The competition was run by Skills Canada BC, a non-profit organization and registered charity composed of volunteers representing - industry, labour, education and government dedicated to promoting and enhancing the perceived value of professional technical and trade skills among British Columbia's youth.
"Skills Canada competition brings together the best and brightest youth from all over BC to compete and represent their province," says Karen Larsen, the district's coordinator for career studies.
Larsen says that over 8,000 spectators came to watch the competitions on April 15th.
"Events like the Skills competition aim to raise the profile of careers in trades and technology," she says.
The gold medal winners will advance to the Skills Canada national competition set to take place May 27-30. The following is a breakdown of the VSB's top competitors this year:
Auto Service Tech
Silver: Ian Villalon, Tupper ACE IT
Auto Collision Repair
Bronze: Sathy Karunaneithi, David Thompson ACE IT
Gold: Lester Garcia, Tupper ACE IT
Silver: Juan Acierda, Tupper ACE IT
Bronze: Steven Shai, Windermere ACE IT
Fashion Design Technology
Gold: Coco Yu, Hamber
Silver: Kimberly Boucher, Hamber
Gold: Tiffany Quon, Hamber
Gold: Vya Bolislis, VT ACE IT
Silver: Tereeza Matti VT ACE IT
Gold: Clarissa Roque, Hamber
WorkSafe Award for safest baker: Clarissa Roque
Gold: Zak Vescera, Hamber
Gold: Molly MacLeay, Churchill"�Silver: Delon Chan, Hamber
Bronze: Noah Samson, David Thompson
Gold: Tera Meschino, Kitsilano