UCN, Kelsey School Division and Opaskwayak Education Authority Hosts 2019 Northeren Manitoba Skills Challenge

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March 4, 2019

On February 27th, 2019, the University College of the North (UCN), in partnership with Kelsey School Division, Opaskwayak Education Authority and Skills Canada, held the 2019 Northern Manitoba Skills Challenge in The Pas, Manitoba. The event was a tremendous success. The day involved over 40 competitors from The Pas, Thompson, Swan River, Leaf Rapids, Cormorant Lake and Gillam.

The 2019 event involved challenges in carpentry, cooking, electrical installations, graphic design technology, hairstyling, information technology software solutions for business, job search, outdoor and power recreation equipment, public speaking and welding. This year, the event also included an outdoor education challenge, piponi pimâcîsowin (translated to what you need to survive in the winter), which involved GPS navigation, identification of different species of trees, procurement of fire for the purpose of producing potable water and an interview component.

“The Opaskwayak Education Authority was proud to partner with the Kelsey School Division and UCN for this event” said Oscar Lathlin Collegiate Principal, Ron Constant, “the Northern Manitoba Skills Challenge is an excellent opportunity for our youth to demonstrate their skills in a number of diverse challenges, we are very proud of them and grateful to have an event where their talents can be shared”.

The winners in each competition were:

Carpentry:
Silver: Donavin Jacobson, Frontier Collegiate Institute
Gold: Curtis Shymanski, RD Parker Collegiate
Cooking:
Silver: Harmony Constant, Mary Duncan School
Gold: Darren Cooper-Genaille, Mary Duncan School

 

Electrical:
Bronze: Austin Rivard, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School
Silver: Corbin Pierrepont, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School
Gold: Bryce Muller, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School
Graphic Design Challenge:
Gold: Maxine Constant, Oscar Lathlin Collegiate
Hairstyling:
Bronze: Hannah Thiessen, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School
Silver: Storm Ostachuk, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School
Gold: Anna Mazover, Gillam School
Information Technology Software for Business Solutions:
Bronze: Benjamin Riehl, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School
Silver: Daniel McMillan, Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute
Gold: Colby Chaykoski, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School
Job Search:
Silver: Calleigh Mullenburg, Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute
Gold: Chyler Webb, Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute
Outdoor and Power Recreation Equipment Challenge:
Bronze: Aleksey Reinfort, Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute
Silver: Alexis Ballantyne, Frontier College Institute
Gold: Brendon Tank, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School
piponi pimâcîsowin
Bronze: Milan Constant, Oscar Lathlin Collegiate
Silver: Amelia Cooper, Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute
Gold: Chavez Constant, Oscar Lathlin Collegiate
Public Speaking:
Silver: Kristin Lavallee, Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute
Gold: Layna Burghart, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School

 

Welding:
Bronze: Dawson Marlow, Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute
Silver: Shannon Sabothniski, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School
Gold: Jalen Hannah, Swan Valley Regional Secondary School

“This event showcases the incredibly talented youth we have in Northern Manitoba. UCN is honored to partner and work closely with northern secondary school partners annually on this event” said Associate Vice-President Rob Penner, UCN. “This year’s event, especially with the inclusion of piponi pimâcîsowin, was a tremendous success and we look forward to growing the event each year. The members of the organizing committee, competition leads, chaperones, school division contacts and volunteers should be very proud of their efforts”.

“Skilled and well-educated workers are in increasingly high demand within our changing market place and global economy. That is why we want Manitoba’s students to be prepared for the many challenges facing them as they make choices for the future. The 2019 Northern Manitoba Skills Challenge in The Pas, MB, was an excellent opportunity for students to exhibit their skills and talent in areas of Skilled Trades, Technology, Employment and Services. Congratulations to all the competitors who participated in this event”, Kim Poirier, Consultant, Technical-Vocational Education, Manitoba Education and Training.

The University College of the North, Opaskwayak Education Authority, Kelsey School Division and Skills Canada congratulate the medal winners, thank each of the competitors for their participation in the event and send best wishes to those who will compete at the provincial and national competitions!

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Suzie Nemeth

Senior Advisor to the Vice-President Academic and Research

University College of the North

P: 204-620-2028    E: snemeth@ucn.ca

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