Skills Canada promotes skilled trade and technology careers to Canadian youth. One of the ways they do this is through their annual national competition. This year marked its 25th anniversary, and the competition was held in Halifax, May 27-30, 2019.
The Vancouver School District was represented on the Skills BC team by two current Eric Hamber Secondary students, Tiya Tanaka in the Job Search category and Chanelle Picazo in Fashion Design. Tiya showed her job search skills by having to apply for a fictitious job with a cover letter, resume and mock interview; and Chanelle was required to design and create a garment from scratch.
More than 550 competitors from all regions of Canada came to compete in approximately 40 skilled trade and technology competitions. Both Vancouver School District students were excellent ambassadors for the District and province; both received silver medals in highly contested competitions.
"Being able to hear my name called out as a silver medalist in Fashion Technology gave me a spark inside. I was filled with thrill and happiness to be able to stand on the podium," says Chanelle. "The learning experience and being able to have the opportunity to travel across Canada and meet other competitors was the best experience I was able to have this year."
Tiya adds "I am so proud to have been able to represent British Columbia in the Skills Canada Job Search competition." The experience left an indelible impression on the Grade 11 student. "It was exciting to be able to compete with the best from the other provinces and territories and everyone seemed so confident and professional. When my name was called for second place, I was overwhelmed with joy and my legs could not stop shaking as I walked up to the podium with the BC flag!"
Vancouver School District graduates also competed in the post-secondary categories. Ricky Guan, 2015 Killarney Secondary graduate and graduate of the Auto Collision Youth Train in Trades program received a silver medal in the Auto Collision competition. Jennifer Leong, 2018 Eric Hamber Secondary graduate, also received a silver medal in the post-secondary Graphic Design category.
Two additional past graduates also competed for a spot on the 2019 Canadian World Skills team. Clarissa Roque, Eric Hamber Secondary 2017 graduate was successful in her bid to be part of the world team representing Canada in the Baking competition in Russia this August. Clarissa was also a Youth Train in Trades Baking graduate and is currently a baker apprentice at Chez Christophe in Burnaby.
Learn more about Skills Canada and World Skills.