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TDSB Students Win 4 Gold and 2 Silver Medals at the Skills Canada National Competitions

Monday, June 05, 2017
Categories: News Releases, Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB

Congratulations to TDSB student competitors who competed at the 23rd Annual Skills Canada National Competitions on June 1-2, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, coming away with 4 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals.

  • GOLD MEDAL in Auto Painting -  Matthew Norris, Danforth C&TI (Teacher Advisor Bill Speed, Carol Sutton)
  • GOLD MEDAL in  Web Site Development - Haorui Zhang, Don Mills CI (Teacher Advisor Garry Thoms)
  • GOLD MEDAL in Job Skills Demonstration - Shahzaib Asher, John Polanyi CI (Teacher Advisor Vernon Kee)
  • GOLD MEDAL in IT Office Network Support - Emmanuel Mathi-Amorim, Northview Heights SS (Teacher Advisor Pak Liang Wong)
  • SILVER MEDAL in TV & Video Production Team of 2 - Richard La and Jahmar Wright, Weston CI (Teacher Advisor Jeff Smith)

All students advanced to the National competitions on the strength of their Gold-medal performance at the Provincial competitions (OTSC) held in May 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. In order to get to that level of competition, all students were also part of the initial TDSB Secondary Technological Skills Competitions in March 2017, where they finished at the top of their respective competition. All Technological Education teachers have been working with each student this year to prepare them – like their other students – for excellence in their future endeavours.

The National competition sees students from across Canada's Provinces and Territories come together from both the Secondary and Post-secondary levels to challenge themselves and each other in a competitive task aligned with a specific technological area. Performance evaluation is based on technical knowledge and skills demonstration, while applying safety considerations throughout the competition. ‎

Congratulations to all students and their teachers for this outstanding accomplishment!  To come away from the National competition with a medal - where the level of skill is remarkably high amongst all competitors - is truly an amazing result! Coupled with a fantastic growth experience for the students and their teachers, the 2017 SCNC event will remain a highlight of the entire year for all of those involved. The next Skills Canada National Competition will be held in Edmonton, Alberta in June 2018.

Congratulations to all TDSB students and teachers who have been involved in the Secondary Technological Skills competitions this year. The competitions align with the Technological Education curriculum and provide an opportunity for students to develop and apply STEM competencies while demonstrating essential skills, and building confidence and self-esteem.

For more information about Skills Ontario, please visit; for information about the Skills Canada National Competition, please visit



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