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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.

Photo of Emma MacMillan with Skills Canada and Skills Ontario medalsEmma MacMillan (in photo at right), recent Architectural Technology graduate and 2018 distinguished student award winner, won gold in the Architectural Technology and Design category. Maggie Friesen won bronze in the Auto Painting competition.

Held June 4 to 5, 2018, 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.

Gary Gerard, 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, Ontario.

More information about the competition is available on the Skills Canada website.

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