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Regional Skills Competitions and next steps

Culinary Arts

Each year from February to March, Skills Canada BC hosts regional trades and technology competitions throughout the province. Winners are then promoted to the Provincial Skills Canada competition held on April 17th in Abbotsford.  

Last week, on Saturday April 6th, the final Regional Skills competition took place at Eric Hamber Secondary. Categories included baking, culinary arts, fashion technology and a new category, job skills demonstration. Jordan-Mae, won GOLD in the inagural Job Skills Demonstration category by creating a presentation on “How to Repair Drywall.”  In her demonstration she talked about the skills she learned in participating in Skills Canada.

“I am learning about adaptability, overcoming and bouncing back quickly to any of the questions you have since anything can go wrong in the presentation.  In researching for things throughout the project, I was taking the information, understanding it, transforming it, and writing it.”

Students communicating what they have learned is foundational to B.C.’s curriculum which emphasizes communication as a core competency.

In addition to the categories mentioned above, additional regional competitions were held over the past months in various locations.  The list below outlines all the categories VSB students participated in.  Many thanks to Mark Reid, District Resource Teacher for the Careers Program, and the teachers who’ve mentored and supported these students in preparation for competition.

Job Skill Demonstration

GOLD                    Jordan-Mae Friedland – John Oliver

SILVER                 Krishna Rajput – John Oliver


GOLD                    Elli Kotanen – Templeton

SILVER                 Angel Leung – Hamber

Fashion Technology

GOLD                    Dhefen Goh – University Hill

SILVER                 Tina Nguyen – Britannia

*all students are currently enrolled in the Hamber Fashion program

Culinary Arts

GOLD                    Brenden Chau – South Hill

SILVER                 Rachel Dunkerley – Tupper

BRONZE              Norwin Baraquio – Killarney

*all students are currently enrolled in the Youth TRAIN in Trades PC1 program at Tupper

Automotive Service

GOLD                    Jack Simpson-Ryan – VASS

SILVER                 Srdan Trbovic – Hamber

BRONZE              Finnlay Simms – Kitsilano

*all students are currently enrolled in the Youth TRAIN in Trades AST program at Britannia

Video Production

GOLD                    Mina Barnes Tehrani and Quinn Arrowsmith – Templeton

SILVER                 Adabelle Sproule and Jeda Hoglin – Templeton 

Wind Turbine

GOLD                    Jonas Repaya, Theo De Leon, Evan Duckham, Louis Figueroa – John Oliver

SILVER                 Lennon Thompson, Mahdy Nrenooze, Samrath Randhawa – John Oliver

BRONZE              Arsh Jaswal, Simrat Dhothar, Adriana Maranhar – John Oliver

Gravity Car

GOLD                    Ehra Noguera, Sophia Roubin, Liam Stewart-Ng – Tupper

SILVER                 Sebastien Henderson, Eitan Dror, Stanley Keirstan, Nico Paz – Tupper

BRONZE              Lola Fabri, Christina Nguyen, Kaitly Pleasance, Sam Redhead – Tupper 

Spaghetti Bridge

GOLD                    Anson Huang, Ryan Hamoum – John Oliver

SILVER                 Herris Mercado, Germain Alos, Arham Mohamed – John Oliver


Congratulations to all the students who participated! April 17th is just around the corner and medalists are gearing up for the Provincial Skills competitions! 

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