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Release Date: June 29, 2018

Third year sheet metal apprentice Dean Gustin won a bronze medal at the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition in Edmonton, Alberta on June 4 and 5. After winning a gold medal at the Skills Canada British Columbia competition in April, Gustin had the opportunity to compete against apprentices from across the country in the Sheet Metal Work category.

Gustin was one of 550 student competitors in more than 44 trades and technology areas to be judged at the event. Over 6,000 high school students and industry leaders cheered on the apprentices during the two-day competition at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.

"It was bigger and more overwhelming than I expected," says Gustin. "But I practiced before the competition and had lots of support, so I felt as prepared as I could be."

Camosun sheet metal instructor, Kevin Strelaeff, nominated Gustin for the competition. "Dean has the right attitude and good skills," says Strelaeff. "What stood out for me is that he takes pride in the work he does and really wants to be challenged."

Strelaeff volunteered his evenings to support Gustin as he trained to compete. Gustin was also supported by the college, who provided tools and a facility to practice in, as well as his employer, JB Sheet Metal, and his union, Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 276.

"This recognition highlights the level of skill that’s developed at Camosun," says Kelly Betts, Director of South Island Partnership. "It’s a reminder that the programs we offer here are second to none, and our wonderful facilities and talented instructors help students develop the skills that employers are looking for. We have the best and the brightest."

Medalists from Skills Canada National Competition may have the opportunity to take part in the next stage of the selection process to represent Canada at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 in Russia.

Photos by Kevin Strelaeff.

About Skills/Compétences Canada

Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not‐for‐profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Kelly Betts
Director, South Island Partnership
Camosun College

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Dean Gustin on stage at the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition in Edmonton, Alberta
Dean Gustin on stage at the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition in Edmonton, Alberta

Last updated: April 16, 2019 12:39 pm

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