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2009 Skills Canada competitions held in Charlottetown!

Hundreds of competitors, judges and family members came together in Charlottetown, PEI for the 2009 Skills Canada Competition from May 20 to May 23, 2009.

These federally funded events started in 1994 and follow an Olympic style, multi-trade, timed competition where students and apprentices from throughout Canada compete for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Laird Allen from the Nova Scotia Community College Akerley Campus, judging the “rebuilding an engine” skills of competitor Fletcher Stevens from the Northwest Territories.

The competitions attracted a large turnout of spectators and supporters who cheered on their favourites as they competed under the watchful eyes of professional judges who assessed the skills and the strict allotted times used by the competitors.

Competitions were held in over 40 trades and technological programs. Brian Druken, Coordinating Instructor Automotive with the College of The North Atlantic in St. John’s, Newfoundland has been a judge at most of these Skills Canada Competitions held throughout Canada since 1994 and had high praise for the organizers of the Charlottetown event, calling this year’s competition one of the best ever.

John Dalziel, (right) of Dalziel’s Autobody Ltd., Charlottetown PEI, a member of the Skills Canada National Technical Committee, conferring with Brian Druken who served as the 2009 Technical Committee Chair.

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