The North Island Regional competition for Skills Canada B.C.’s was held remotely with many Valley students participating March 8 to 12.
The event drew more than 450 competitors in Grades 6 to 12 from more than a dozen schools competing
in 12 different events ranging from carpentry, culinary, electronics, and welding to media animation and
TV/video production. Junior events for student competing in grades 6 to 8 included Gravity Cars,
Spaghetti Bridge Design, Wind Turbine and VexIQ Robotics.
District students captured impressive finishes in many of the categories taking gold medal placement in
10 of the 12 events.
Steve Claassen, Comox Valley Schools Career Coordinator for Trades and ADST has been involved with
Skills Canada for more than 20 years acknowledged that the calibre of skills among Valley students
continues to be strong from year to year.
“I am always amazed to see the skill level of students at this competition and see these kids as our future
designers, coders, fabricators and trouble-shooters,” explained Claassen. “Our valley is fortunate to have
some very skilled students in Trades and Technology and in most years some of our student reach the
nationals and comes back with medals.”
Results are as follows:
Georges P Vanier Secondary – Gold Medal winners
Carpentry Charlie Guile
Welding Sheridan Osterman
Mark R. Isfeld Senior Secondary – Gold Medal winners
Culinary Arts Ella Oldaker
Highland Secondary – Gold Medal winners
Electronics Austin Harris
2D Animation Jubiel Halasz & Owen Valmorbida
VexIQ Robotics Benoit Vaillant
Sumo Robotics Nicholas Horel
Aspen Park Elementary – Gold Medal winners
Gravity Car Isaac Gibson
Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary – Gold Medal winners
Spaghetti Bridge Declan Sestak, Nate Boan & Shay Devineold
Brooklynn Elementary – Gold Medal winners
Wind Turbine Owen Duncan, Cole Dekker & Zia Morishi
In a non COVID year, the gold medal regional winners advance to the provincials held at the Abbotsford
Tradex in April. Provincial winners then have the opportunity to advance to the national Skills Canada
competition. To ensure a safely run provincial event, most competitions will take place remotely at the
competitors’ respective school.
Skills Canada provides opportunities for thousands of students to participate in competitions, Try-a-Trade
activities, or participate in the Women in Trades and Technology Conference. Skills Canada’s goal is to
showcase the skilled trades and technologies as first choice careers to the thousands of young people who
participate in the competitions annually.