London, Ontario, Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - For seven years of the last eight years,
Fanshawe students have excelled at the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC).
This year, two students representing Fanshawe's Donald J. Smith School of Building
Technology and School of Transportation Technology and Apprenticeship brought home
a gold and bronze medal from the SCNC.
Emma MacMillan, recent Architectural Technology graduate and 2018 distinguished
student award winner, won gold in the Architectural Technology and Design category.
Maggie Friessen won bronze in the Auto Painting competition.
Held June 4-5 in Edmonton, Alberta, the annual event saw more than 550 young people
from all regions of Canada converge to participate in over 40 skilled trade and
technology competitions. Approximately 6,000 student visitors, industry leaders
and several industry celebrities attended, including HGTV's Sherry Holmes, Paul
Lafrance and Kate Campbell, as well as parliamentary secretary Peter Schiefke.
Canada's only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and
apprentices, the SCNC provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their
training and abilities by completing various complex projects. Students must compete
at local, regional and provincial/territorial events to gain their place to represent
their province/territory at SCNC. Emma and Maggie
both won gold at the Skills Ontario Competition in early May.
All participants, including those from Fanshawe, have faculty advisors who invest
many hours guiding and preparing them for these skill-testing events.
Architectural Technology professor and coach of gold medal winner Emma MacMillan
said, "I am very proud of Emma. She worked hard preparing for this challenging competition
and her efforts paid off. This brings our program's total to seven national medals,
including four national gold medals, since entering the competition in 2011. We
are proud of all our students who have participated and appreciate the support of
everyone in the Faculty of Technology at Fanshawe."
This year's win brings Fanshawe's cumulative total to 12 national medals – five
gold, four silver and three bronze – in the seven years the College has attended.
"We congratulate all our students for their superb showing at the Skills Canada
National Competition," said Vertha Coligan, dean of the Faculty of Technology. "We
are also proud of the excellent work of our professors/coaches, who gave their time
generously to prepare everyone for the competition."
Emma, who missed her graduation ceremony in order to attend the competition, has
recently accepted a full time position with Nicholson Sheffield Architects in London,
Further information about Skills Canada is available