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Students representing Team Ontario and the communities of Bramalea, Brampton, Etobicoke, Milton, Mississauga, Pickering and Vaughan secured eight out of the provincial team's 27 medals this past weekend at the 10th Canadian Skills Competition in Winnipeg.

National competition
Toronto area students took home 39 medals, including 14 Gold at the qualifying provincial competitions in May:

Adrian Lina, The Ontario Masonry Training Centre - Brick Masonry
Luming Fu, George Brown College - Computer Aided Manufacturing
David Fletcher, Durham College - Industrial Wiring
Sheamus Neher, Humber College - Electronics
Russell Sampson and James More, Humber College - Mechatronics - (team of two)
Jody Swartman, Humber College - Plumbing
Graham Males, Fanshawe College - IT - PC Network Support
Paul Howley and Danielle O'Hanley, Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts -- in Geographic Information Systems
Ngqabutho Mike Zondo, Central Technical School - Graphic Design
Amanda Sutcliffe, Huron Heights Secondary School - Restaurant Service
Kevin Goulding, Magna Technical Training Centre - in Precision Machining

More than 55 students from communities throughout our province came together to form Team Ontario and compete at this year's national competition.

The Canadian Skills Competition attracted 450 secondary and post-secondary students from across the country to test their skills in more than 40 Olympic-style practical challenges that showcased their technical and leadership abilities in the areas of communications, construction trades, employability skills, manufacturing, transportation and services.

Each year, thousands of high school and college students as well as apprentices from across Canada vie for a chance to represent their provinces or territories at this prestigious event.

The 10th Canadian Skills Competition is an initiative of Skills/Competences Canada, a national, not-for-profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technology to Canadian youth.
Local National medal winners were as follows:
Kevin Goulding, Magna Technical Training Centre - Precision Machining; Nilendri Fernando, Philip Pocock High School, Mississauga - Prepared Speech
Hartley Ellis, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, - Autobody Repair
Samantha Pinto, Holy Name of Mary Secondary School, Mississauga - Job Interview
Jessica DeSilva, Pine Ridge Secondary School, Pickering - Baking
Raymond Patten, Joint Training and Apprenticeship Committee, Bramalea - Refrigeration
James More and Russell Sampson, Humber College - Mechatronics (team of two)
Derek Mewhinney, Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology (originally from Milton) - Aircraft Maintenance

It is estimated that unfilled jobs requiring skilled trades people in Canada will balloon over the next decade. Skills /Competences Canada is aiming to close this gap by attracting more young Canadians to careers in skilled trades and technology.

Many national gold medalists, will become members of Team Canada and continue to develop their skills in preparation for the World Skills Competition in Helsinki in May 2005.


The qualifying provincial competitions took place earlier in May in Waterloo. More than 1,150 young people competed, making it the largest provincial competition ever held.

Toronto area students took home 39 medals, including 14 Gold (see Provincial Gold Winners box for results).

For a complete listing of National medal winners from Ontario and the medal listings from the Provincial Competition, visit the Skills Ontario website at

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