During the week of May 7-9, 2018, a total of 19 WCDSB secondary school students competed at the Provincial Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Center.

Skills Ontario is Canada’s largest skilled trades and technology competition. More than 20,000 spectators watched more than 2,000 of the brightest young people from across the province compete in one of 67 skills contests.

Two WCDSB students won medals in their competitions:

Samantha Parsons, Resurrection C.S.S. – GOLD Medalist – Job Interview

Andy Le, St. Benedict C.S.S. – SILVER Medalist – Hairstyling

Samantha would go on to represent Ontario from June 1 to 6, 2018 at the Skills Canada National Competition, in Edmonton (see further below).

Congratulations to all the WCDSB Skills Ontario competitors!

At the Skills Canada National Competition, secondary school and college students, as well as apprentices in skilled trades and technologies were tried, tested and judged, showcasing their talents in 44 contests across six industry sectors in front of crowds of thousands.

Samantha Parsons, a Grade 11 student from Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, competed in the Job Search category of the Employability sector. As part of the competition each student was interviewed based on a specific career, and completed job search challenges and activities over a two-day period.

“I entered the competition at the Regional level because I felt it would provide me with the opportunity to enhance my writing and interviewing skills. It was amazing to have the opportunity to represent the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as part of Team Ontario at the National level. The competition was an incredible experience that allowed me to improve my skills while meeting like-minded students from across the country.”

~~ Samantha Parsons

Rosemarie Brenner, Skills mentor and College Cooperative Education Program (CCEP) teacher from WCDSB, worked with Samantha, mentoring her for the competition as well as accompanying her to Edmonton.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is proud to support and participate in these important regional, provincial and national Skills Competitions, and wishes to thank and congratulate all the leads, chairs, judges, mentors, and teachers who supported our students along the way.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 49 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 182-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

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