College of the North Atlantic (CNA) students walked off the closing ceremony stage at Praireland Park with six medals at the 21st
Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The competition, held from May 27-29, had over 500 competitors from the 10 provinces and three territories compete in 40 competition areas in construction, manufacturing, transportation, employability, service, and information technology sectors. Twenty-four of the 50 Team Newfoundland and Labrador competitors were from CNA.
Medal presentations for CNA students included gold for Brandon Drover (Prince Philip Drive campus) in Autobody Repair; gold for Amanda Larner (Prince Philip Drive campus) in Photography; silver for Myles Burry (Ridge Road campus) in Architectural Technology & Design; bronze for Johnathan Hann (Corner Brook campus) in Electronics; bronze for Ashley Bent (Clarenville campus) in Masonry, and bronze for Ryan Parsons (Prince Philip Drive campus) in Car Painting. Brandon Drover also received the Best in Region award for having the highest competition score on Team Newfoundland and Labrador.
CNA President and CEO, Ann Marie Vaughan, attended the event and was impressed at the knowledge and skills that the CNA competitors displayed.
“Seeing our students compete side-by-side with the best in the country, and to then come away with six medals in various competition areas, is a great feeling and I’m very proud of their achievements,” said President Vaughan. “We have a great team of coaches and mentors who volunteer their time to seeing our students excel in their field, and as usual, the Skills Newfoundland and Labrador team did a fantastic job of supporting our competitors all the way through this year’s activities – it truly has been a team effort.”
The SCNC is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. By providing a forum where Canadian youth can compete against each another at the national level, SCNC provides hands-on work experience related to skilled trades and technology careers. Through these competitions, Skills Canada also seeks to raise awareness about skilled trades and technology sectors to all Canadian youth and their influencers.
“Each year the competition gets tougher, and each year our students rise to the occasion and take home a number of medals – I couldn’t be more proud of what they accomplished,” said Robin Walters, CNA’s Vice President of Industry and Community Engagement. “The dedication of time and effort they put into training for the nationals was obvious and I want to commend them on being excellent ambassadors of this college and the entire province.”
For a complete list of Team Newfoundland and Labrador results from SCNC 2015, visit www.skillscompetencescanada.com.
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