County residents bring home gold

Amber Nicholson
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KENSINGTON - Three Prince County residents were among the gold-medal winners at this year's Skills P.E.I. competition.
Gold, bronze and silver-medal winners were awarded last week at Holland College's Tourism and Culinary Centre. Thirty-eight high school and post-secondary competitors were awarded gold, earning them a spot at the national competition in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont.

KENSINGTON - Three Prince County residents were among the gold-medal winners at this year's Skills P.E.I. competition.
Gold, bronze and silver-medal winners were awarded last week at Holland College's Tourism and Culinary Centre. Thirty-eight high school and post-secondary competitors were awarded gold, earning them a spot at the national competition in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont.
"It is a really intense project," said Skills Canada-P.E.I. executive director Josh Silver.
Matt Roy of Kensington was winner of the auto service category at the high school level. Chris Strang of Slemon Park was winner of the cabinetmaking category at the post-secondary level. And John Kelly of Kensington was the carpentry winner at the post-secondary level.
All winners will spend the next two months partnered with mentors to prepare for the national competition, which begins May. 20.
"The national competition is two times the length and two times the intensity," said Silver. "Provincial competitions are an average of six to eight hours and national competitions are two eight hour days."
In comparison, competitors in the provincial carpentry category made a picnic bench. At the national level they have to build a miniature house.
The mentor program is based on volunteerism. Industry leaders and college instructors volunteer their time to act as mentors and all training materials are donated.
Silver said it is a win-win situation.
"The students almost always get snapped up for hiring purposes," Silver said, about students working with a mentor.
Students are able to learn skills from an expert and experts have the opportunity to see a successful budding trade worker.
About 500 students from across Canada will compete at the national competition. Winners of the national level will advance to the biannual world skills competition next year in London, England.

Organizations: Holland College, Culinary Centre, Skills Canada-P.E.I.

Geographic location: KENSINGTON, Kitchener-Waterloo, Slemon Park Canada London England

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  • Alicia
    June 21, 2010 - 19:07

    It is not Matt Roy, his name is Matt Waugh.

  • Kim
    June 21, 2010 - 19:02

    I would like to congratulate my son, Dallas Ellsworth who won his 4th consecutive Gold medal in the Electrical Wiring category for PEI. Each year since grade 10 to now Post-Secondary. Last year he won Gold for Canada in the Skills competition. Way to go, to all the other participants as well! A proud Mom indeed!

  • Dallas
    June 21, 2010 - 19:02

    Typical Journal Pioneer. I must live too far up west to count. Seeing this happened over a week ago they sure had lots of time to get more then three names down. Congrats to the winners you did great but i mean there is more then three from prince county.