Check out the students who have represented Saskatchewan and Canada at the international WorldSkills Competitions.
Based on their success at the Skills Canada National Competition in Edmonton May 13 to May 16, 2012, over 30 competitors will qualify to become a member of WorldSkills Team Canada that will compete at the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 Competition in Germany.
Bo Chiasson and Jayden Leister from Yorkton Regional High School won Gold in Mobile Robotics at the National Competition. Bo and Jayden are on Team Canada and will be attending the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 Competition in Germany.
Bo and Jayden had the opportunity to compete at the 2012 WorldSkills Americas from November 12th to 18th in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Parque Anhembi Exhibition Centre. There were over 800 competitiors from 31 member countries/regions. Congratulations to Bo and Jayden who captured Gold at this competition!!
Bo and Jayden won a Medallion for Excellence at the 2013 WorldSkills Leipzig Competition!!
They placed 9th at world skills, above average and received a Medallion for Excellence!
Bo describes himself as being very determined and always tries his very best to achieve his goals. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his friends. He chose the field of robotics because he enjoys seeing how a blue print can turn into the real thing. He also enjoys building things with his hands and problem solving. His dad inspired him to pursue robotics. As his school instructor, his dad has motivated him to always reach for his full potential and also to join the school's club which eventually lead him to compete in Skills competitions. Bo recommends to youth to choose a career path that will make them happy. 'If you are interested in the trades, you should definitely try to get involved with Skills Canada Competitions as it is a great way to try out a trade'. He is looking forward to participating at the WorldSkills Competition to gain some exposure to robotics and also to determine a more specific career path as robotics has many disciplines within it.
Jayden, a math and science enthusiast, is part of a team of two who will be representing Canada at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, in the robotics category. Jayden describes himself as a social person and likes working with others to achieve a common goal. He chose to enroll himself in a robotics program because he enjoys problem solving and working with technology. Three years ago, his teacher who is now his trainer, brought the Skills Competition to his attention and encouraged him to participate. Jayden is currently studying at Yorkton Regional High School in Saskatchewan and plans on going to University to study in the field of electronics/electrical engineering. He is looking forward to participating at the WorldSkills Competition as this will allow him to gain experience in the field of robotics and hopefully lead to career opportunities down the road. He is grateful to his parents who have always been his greatest supporters and have inspired him to continuously take on new challenges.
Kaylyn Mack and Steven Heidel qualified for their spot on Team Canada by winning at the Provincials (held in Prince Albert in 2010) and again at Nationals (held in Kitchener/Waterloo in 2010). Kaylyn is from Regina and attended Richard's Beauty College in Regina competing in the Ladies' and Mens' Hairdressing. Steven is from Prince Albert and attended University of Saskatchewan and competed in IT - Software Solutions for Business.
WorldSkills London 2011 was one of the world's largest international skills competition with young people from across the globe competing to be the best of the best in their chosen skill. The competition took place at ExCel London on October 5-8, 2011. 150,000 visitors viewed 1,000 competitors from more than 50 countries/regions competing in 46 skill areas over four exciting days of Competition. Both Kaylyn and Steven did very well capturing Medaillon d'Excellence.
Kaylyn's outgoing Saskatchewanian personality is captivating on its own - and then you discover that she is Canada's top young hairdresser. Kaylyn stays involved with competitions in order to sharpen her skills and stay current with the trends. Having started with Skills/Compétences Canada five years ago, Kaylyn has now competed in four Skills Canada National Competitions. Her commitment to Skills/Compétences Canada began at an early age and motivated her to be the best, as she watched and admired more senior competitors earn the opportunity to compete on the world stage. With her continued work and skills development, she has transitioned into the inspiration that other young hairstylists across Canada can now look up to. When asked what she likes best about her career, Kaylyn's answer is simple: to make people happy.
Well-organized with a highly logical approach to problem solving, Steven is pursuing an Honours Degree in Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan while running a small web development solutions business on the side. Steven's passion for computer science is rooted in the rapidly expanding nature of the field and its applicability to so many other disciplines. "There is always more to learn in the field of Computer Science," he explains, "To become successful in the field of Computer Science, one needs to be constantly open to expanding their skills." Steven keeps himself up-to-date with the field's latest advancements and is continually learning new concepts. A lover of travel and a strong performer under pressure, Steven will be applying his growing skill set in Software Solutions for Business at WorldSkills London 2011.