White Pines Student Places 3rd in Canada


Phenomenal talent and skill was on display at the 28th annual Skills Ontario Competition held at the Toronto Congress Centre, May 1-3, 2017

Earlier this week, the Skills Ontario Competition took place at the Toronto Congress Centre. Featuring 68 skilled trades and technologies contests, and 2,300 competitors from elementary schools, high schools, and colleges across Ontario, it remains the largest skilled trades and technology competition in Canada.

A broad range of skills and careers were represented from across the manufacturing, transportation, construction, service, and technology sectors, as students competed for gold, silver, and bronze medals. $68,000 in monetary awards were presented to medalists in select contest areas and categories, as were job offers from partnered organizations, at the Closing Ceremony.


Gold medalists in select contests are also eligible to represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition, May 31st to June 4th in Winnipeg.

Win or lose, the lives of many young competitors and visitors have been positively changed forever – from gaining new self-confidence by pushing their skills to a higher level, to winning a medal, or simply meeting a new mentor and discovering new career opportunities that they didn’t know existed.

“Those who compete at the Skills Ontario Competition are the future of skilled trades and technologies in Ontario,” says Gail Smyth, Executive Director for Skills Ontario. “Because of the contribution from many industry, education, and government partners, including the Government of Ontario, Skills Ontario is able to help prepare Ontario’s youth for a highly-skilled workforce of tomorrow through such initiatives as the Skills Ontario Competition.”

  Name of ADSB Student School Age Grade TOP TEN RANKING
Carpentry – Individual 1. Joshua Sidwell White Pines 17 12 1st
Carpentry – Team(2) 2. Tristin Olar White Pines 17 12
3. Shealea MacGillivray White Pines 17 12
Hairstyling 4. Megan Moore Superior Heights 17 12
Photography 5. Kaitlyn Warick White Pines 18 12
Prepared Speech 6. Sarah Fisher White Pines 15 10 6th
Home & Team Building Team (4) 7. Isaac Boissoneau White Pines 18 12 9th
8. Caleb Childs White Pines 18 12 9th
9. Reilly Kelly White Pines 9th
10. Noah Lasante White Pines 17 12 9th
Restaurant Service 11. Lettie Bumbacco Superior Heights 17 12 2nd
Precision Machining 12. Jade Wilson Korah 17 11

About Skills Ontario

Skills Ontario is building Ontario’s skilled trades and technologies workforce.  We enable and empower all youth, including women and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth, to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies. Engagement with students, teachers, parents, volunteers, employers and mentors ensure our programs connect education, experience, and employment. We deliver in-school presentations across Ontario, host Canada’s largest skills competition, run summer camps for skills development and connect students to employers. We are focused on growth sectors such as construction and infrastructure, technology innovation, and hospitality services.


Joshua Sidwell, Grade 12 student at White Pines, took Gold at the Skills Ontario competition finishing first in Individual Carpentry against 24 competitors.  He went on to compete in Winnipeg last week, from May 31st to June 4th at Skills Canada, competing against hundreds of competitors from across the country.  Josh did an amazing job and placed third in Canada, bringing home the Bronze Medal in the Individual Carpentry category.


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