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Media Release
Date: April 23, 2015

Camosun College trades and South Island Partnership students collected a total of 10 medals at the 21st annual Skills Canada BC competition held in Abbotsford April 15, with five gold medalists qualifying for the prestigious National Skills Canada competition in Saskatoon, May 27-30, 2015.

Every provincial-level competitor has already proven their skills and knowledge, but it's the ability to think fast, stay focussed and work under pressure—in spite of intense competition—that distinguishes the medal winners. "These skilled trades students really know their stuff," says Al Van Akker, chair of Camosun's Carpentry programs. "Once they receive the competition package and supplies, there isn't a lot of time to develop a work plan and start working. So to do well, they have to consolidate and draw on their technical, physical and spatial knowledge. Completing the projects perfectly and on time is a testament to the learning that takes place at Camosun and on the job site. Their obvious passion, training and hard-earned professionalism is what allows these talented students to excel." 

"The Skills Canada competitions help motivate students to learn and to strive," says Gilbert Noussitou, Chair of Camosun's Professional Cook program. "Even though there can only be one winner, all the team members support each other, and the experiences—both good and not-so-good, last a lifetime. Besides, participating at this high level looks great on a resume!"

"Camosun has great instructors and a top-notch training program, but at the core of our success is a community of employers who support apprentices with good jobs and hands-on learning opportunities," says Eric Sehn, dean of Camosun's School of Trades and Technology. "It's through collaboration with employers that our trades students gain their workplace skills, earn the Red Seal credential and contribute to a vibrant local economy."

Congratulations to all the competitors, and good luck to the contenders advancing to the Nationals.

Camosun provincial competition standings:

Post-secondary level

  • Carpentry Gold, Camosun College—James King
    Carpentry Apprentice – Level 3
    Employer—Bill Ridley Construction
    Coach—Al Van Akker, Camosun College program chair, Carpentry
  • Sheet Metal Worker Gold, Camosun College—Kevin De Oliveira
    Sheet Metal Apprentice—Level 3
    Belmont Secondary graduate—completed level 1 as part of the Secondary School Apprenticeship program
    Employer—Victoria Shipyard (Sheet metal Workers International Association Local 276)
    Coach—Brian Coey, Camosun College Sheet Metal instructor 

Secondary level

  • Automotive Service Bronze, Oak Bay Secondary—Lucas Petruzzelli
    Victoria High School / Camosun College Partnership Automotive Service Technician program—grade 12 student
    Expected to complete Automotive Service Technician level 1 summer 2015
  • Cabinetmaking Gold, Edward Milne Community School—Jake Schuttinga
    Applicant for the ACE-IT Carpentry program summer 2015 – grade 12 student
  • Culinary Arts Gold, Spectrum Community School—Holly Fischer
    ACE IT grade 12 student in Culinary Arts completing the Camosun College Professional Cook Level 1 apprenticeship – grade 12 student
    Employer—Pink Bicycle Restaurant, Victoria
    Coach—Gilbert Noussitou, Camosun College Program Chair, Culinary Arts programs
  • Welding Gold, Claremont Secondary—Steven Creasey
    Completed Camosun College Welding Level C program during grade 11 (2013/14)
    Registered Secondary School Apprentice with the Department of National Defense (DND) – Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF)

Middle school level

  • Team Spaghetti Bridge, Bronze—Bayside Middle School: Mary Warren Grace Warren Chloe Greenfield Emma Cherris Kelly
  • Sumo Robot, Gold—Bayside Middle School: Torin Lightbody
  • Sumo Robot, Silver—Edward Milne Community School: Kevin Royle
  • Sumo Robot, Bronze—Bayside Middle School: Isaac Harris

Media Contact

Don Cameron
South Island Partnership Trades Transition Co-ordinator
250-370-4575 |


James King during Skills Canada BC competition

James King during Skills Canada BC competition

Completed gold-medal play house: 5’long x 5’high x 4’wide

Completed gold-medal play house: 8’long x 5’high x 4’wide

• Skills Canada banners showcasing past award winners hang in Camosun’s carpentry shop

Skills Canada banners showcasing past award winners hang in Camosun's carpentry shop.

Last updated: April 23, 2015 8:08 am

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