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Skills Canada BC Regionals at NWCC

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February 23, 2016

Trades students compete at Skills Canada BC Northwest Regionals at NWCC


TERRACE, BC—Northwest Community College (NWCC) hosted the annual Skills Canada BC Regional Competition for trades students in the Northwest last Friday. Competitors were at the high school, Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE-IT), and post-secondary levels.


“It was my first competition and a great experience,” said Paige Petuh-Bowman, silver medalist in the post-secondary hairdressing competition. “I learned a lot about staying focused and blocking out everything that was going on around me.”


The majority of the gold medal winners qualify to compete at the provincial level competition in Abbottsford on April 13, 2016.


“We are proud to be part of the Skills Canada competition,” said Jill Long, Director of Trades at NWCC. “The skills on display here are those that will be critical to support our economy in the next 20 years. Based on the talent we’ve seen in this competition, I think the future looks bright for Northwest BC.”


NWCC would like to thank LNG Canada, the event’s sponsor. LNG Canada’s donation will help our regional winners cover travel costs to the Skills Canada Provincials. We also thank the following sponsors for donating competition prizes:


·       Acklands Grainger

·       Air Liquide

·       Home Hardware

·       Icon Beauty Solutions

·       Images by Karlene

·       MacCarthy Motors, GM

·       Northwest Community College

·       Peterbuilt

·       Praxair Canada

·       Save-on-Foods

·       Wesco Distribution Canada

·       Western Equipment Ltd.




Competition Results

Secondary (High School & ACE-IT)



  • Gold  –   Jesse Sheppard, Caledonia Secondary, Terrace
  • Silver  –  Kyle Stegleider,  Smithers Secondary School
  • Bronze  –  Julian Burkett,  Caledonia Secondary, Terrace


  • Gold  –  Lucas Erni,  Hazelton Secondary School
  • Silver – Philip Gust,  Smithers Secondary School
  • Bronze – Hannah Langegger, Mount Elizabeth Secondary, Kitimat


  • Gold – Veronica Portsch, Smithers Secondary School
  • Silver – Myles Glover,  Caledonia Secondary, Terrace
  • Bronze – Asia Milton,  Hazelton Secondary School


  • Gold – Eve Mitchell,  Northwest Trades and Employment Training Centre, Terrace
  • Silver – Melinda Matthews,  Hazelton Secondary School
  • Bronze  –  Linda Boyd,  Hazelton Secondary School


  • Gold – Josh Decario,  Northwest Trades and Employment Training Centre, Terrace
  • Silver – Calvin Turko,  Smithers Secondary School
  • Bronze – Justin Hickman, Mount Elizabeth Secondary, Kitimat



  • Gold – Yvonne Forcier, Northwest Community College
  • Silver – Fred Good,  Northwest Community College
  • Bronze – Lawrence Jones, Northwest Community College


  • Gold – Aaron Anderson,  Northwest Community College
  • Silver  –  Emma How, Northwest Community College
  • Bronze – Ryan Kawinsky,  Northwest Community College


  • Gold – Cindy Stanley,  Northwest Community College
  • Silver – Paige Petuh-Bowman,  Northwest Community College
  • Bronze – Hayla Jackson, Northwest Community College


  • Gold – Justin Jansons,  Northwest Community College
  • Silver –  Patrick Holmberg, Northwest Community College
  • Bronze – Lydia Palagian,  Northwest Community College

For more information about Skills Canada BC, visit:

For more information about Trades training at NWCC, visit:


Media contact:

Heather Bastin, Director, Communications and Public Relations
Northwest Community College
E-Mail: | Telephone: 250.638.5494

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