Lakeland Hosts Skills Competition

The 2012 Skills20 Competition got under way at the Lakeland College Vermilion Campus on April 19th. With an early morning registration of 7:30 students were presented with competition information, waivers and Anniversary Lakeland College book bags before they headed to their assigned competition areas for a brief safety meeting.

In this regional competition junior and under 21 category, challengers participated in; culinary, carpentry, electrical, auto service, hair dressing, TV video production, welding, auto body repair and cabinet making. Winners of this regional competition will move on to the Provincial Skills Competition to be held in Edmonton on May 10th and 11th, with an opportunity to further qualify for the 60 Team Canada spots available. This team will represent our country in the National Competition to be held also in Edmonton on May 14th and 15th.

Started in Barrie Ont. in 1988, a group recognizing the shortage of skilled trade workers endeavoured to spawn greater interest in their youth. Gaining the support from industry and government over the next two years the first competition was held in 1990. With its success Skills Canada leaders then sought participation from other provinces bringing Alberta on board in 1992. Making 2012 the 20th anniversary of this competition in Alberta. As quoted from the skills web site, former president Terry Cooke stated, “Skills Competitions at all levels help raise the profile of Skilled Trades and Technologies by showcasing these industries and creating excitement among today’s youth. For nearly two decades, Skills Canada Alberta has done an excellent job in helping young Albertans explore careers in the Skilled Trades and Technologies, and I look forward to the organization’s work ahead.”

Top three winners across this year’s regional events at Lakeland College were; Carpentry; first Ben Bates from J.R. Robson, Joey Spooner and Brett Lornez from Lloydminster Composite. Cabinetmaking; first place finisher was Karen Woldshyn of Lloydminster Composite, Aaron Olson from Camrose Composite and Robyn Moussseau from Kiscoty High School. Auto Service; first and second went to Steven Oleksyn and Dylan Mari from Lloydminster Composite with a third place finish was Joseph McLaughlin from Mannville School. Culinary arts; first place was Madison Huseby from Camrose Composite, MacKenzie Stewart of Lloydminster Composite and third CZesna Carreon from Holy Rosary. Hairstyling Junior; was dominated by Lloydminster students with first and third going to Holy Rosary students Mikayla Rozka and Dlaney Bruneau and second place achieved by Lloydminster Composite student Cassia Kindopp. Hairstyling Intermediate; first place winner was Haley Lee from Holy Rosary, with Dreau Holt taking second and Carley Aldous third both from Lloydminster Composite. Welding; first place went to Sean Stewart from Lloydminster Composite, Zachary Mason from School of Hope in second and John McLaughlin from Mannville School achieved third. Electrical Wiring; had Tanner Scarf in first, Logan Turgeon in second and Garret Kiechinger achieving third, all from Lloydminster Composite. TV/Video production; had first place team Benjamin Musgrave and Evan Yusep from Lloydminster Composite, with Holy Rosary supplying the second and third place teams of Joey Hurley and Shawn Doll in second and Cara Ellingboe and Ryan Zorgdrager in third.