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May 30, 2019

Media advisory:

Fanshawe auto body graduate Maggie Friesen will represent Canada at the WorldSkills competition being held in Kazan, Russia from August 22 to 27, 2019.

Photo of Maggie FriesenEvery two years WorldSkills brings together more than 1,600 competitors from over 60 countries for the opportunity to win a prestigious medal in their chosen skill. There are competitions in 56 skills across a wide range of industries — from joinery to floristry; hairdressing to electronics; and autobody repair to baking. The competitors represent the best of their peers and are selected from skills competitions that are held in WorldSkills member countries and regions.

Friesen, who hails from Fairground, Ontario, and works at Fix Auto London North West as a painter, has spent the past three years training to prepare to compete against the best in the world. She won gold and bronze medals in the car painting category at Skills Ontario and Skills Canada in 2018.

To qualify for WorldSkills, Friesen had to compete again at this year's Skills Canada competition in Halifax against last year's top qualifiers.

Friesen chose a career in trades because she likes to work with her hands. "I like that I can take something damaged and make it beautiful again,” she says. “Continuous learning has been a big part of my apprenticeship. Cars are always changing so technicians need to be adaptable."

"Maggie's unbelievable success to date is attributed to her can-do attitude, terrific passion and hard work," says Stephen Patterson, dean of Fanshawe's Faculty of Science, Trades and Technology. “Our respect and thanks also goes to our incredible faculty and staff whose dedication and mentorship has supported Maggie and all our other student competitors."

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Photo: Skills Canada.