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Conestoga team cleans up at skills competition

Six Conestoga College students have won medals for their performance in the ninth Canadian Skills Competition (CSC), presented by Skills Canada May 30 to June 1 at RIM Park in Waterloo.

The CSC is an event that showcases the talents and applied skills of both secondary- and post-secondary level students from across Canada, as they work to complete practical challenges set for them by faculty and expert practitioners in technical categories.

Conestoga's winners are: Brent Stevenson of Kitchener, who won a national gold medal in the industrial wiring/automation and control competition; Cathy Lewis of London, who won a national gold medal in the industrial mechanic millwright event; Jeremy Binkle of Woodstock and Len Dyck of Cambridge, who as a team won the national silver medal in mechatronics; Tim Oakley of Staffordville, who won the national silver medal in industrial mechanic millwright; and Alicia Weber of Kitchener, who earned a national silver medal in electronics.

All of these outstanding students had earlier won gold or silver medals at the 14th Ontario Technological Skills Competition.

Skills Canada is a voluntary national organization of educators, technical professionals, and business, industry, government and community representatives, which promotes the importance of technical careers to young Canadians.


This week is Hire A Student Week, which promotes student employment by providing networking events for students and employers. Last year, the Sarnia Lambton Summer Student Employment Centre filled more than

1,900 jobs in the local community with secondary and post-secondary students.

Students Employment Centres link youth and employers, and provide information on both federal and provincial programs and services to help them with their summer employment needs. All services are provided free of charge.

Help promote student employment and celebrate more than 35 years of summer service by joining in on daily festivities.

In today's Sidewalk Chalk Challenge, student employees from businesses and agencies will demonstrate their artistic abilities and promote their businesses on a sidewalk square in front of the Student Employment Centre in the Kenwick Building. Celebrity judges will present prizes at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday will see the summer employment officers team up with job coaches from Sarnia and the District Community Living Student Supported Employment program. They will hold a car wash at Rudys Petro Pantry at the corner of London Road and Finch Drive Friday will see the end of the Hire A Student Week festivities with a barbeque at the Sarnia Lambton Summer Student Employment Centre.

The Sarnia-Lambton Summer Student Employment Centre is a collaboration between the federal government's Youth Employment Strategy and the provincial government's Summer Jobs Service delivered by Lambton College.

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