Pomquet’s Tanner Doiron is golden once again.
After claiming gold at the provincial level in April, Doiron topped that performance by winning gold at the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), which was held in Halifax May 28 and 29.
An apprentice carpenter for Morell Builders, Doiron said the competition involved building a playhouse with a veranda.
“With a deck and railing kind of thing,” Doiron said, talking to the Casket June 4.
“I built two of them practicing for it, and one last year at nationals too (held in Edmonton), but this one was more complicated because it had the stairs … it went pretty good.”
Doiron said it’s hard to know how close the competition was because the scores aren’t made available right away.
“It’s hard to say,” he said, when asked about how close the silver medalist might have been.
“Later on, down the road in the summer, they’ll email me my scoresheet, so I’ll be able to see then.”
Asked if he was eligible to defend his title next year, Doiron said he is, but, again, it would start with having to win at the provincial level.
A SCNC release talked more about the two-day event held at the Exhibition Centre in Halifax.
“Medals were awarded to the top competitors in 44 skill areas representing six skilled trade and technology sectors, including; transportation, construction, manufacturing and engineering, information technology, service and employment,” the release noted.
“During the SCNC, approximately 7,500 student visitors, industry leaders, government officials and several industry celebrities were in attendance, to take part in some of the on-site activities such as the Essential Skills Stage and over 50 Try-A-Trade and Technology activities. Celebrities included HGTV’s Kate Campbell and Sebastian Clovis, as well as Andy Hay, local celebrity chef.”
The release noted the goals and objectives of SCNC.
“To engage Canadian youth and promote all of the exciting careers that are available to them in the skilled trades and technologies,” the release stated.
“It is the only national multi-trade and technology event of its kind for young students and apprentices in the country.”
Shaun Thorson, chief executive officer with Skills/Compétences Canada, is quoted in the release.
“Events like the Skills Canada National Competition provide a platform for competitors to demonstrate and develop their skills to be more prepared for the world of work,” he said. “It also gives young Canadians who have never been exposed to Skilled Trades and Technology careers, a chance to learn about these occupations through experiential activities.”
Competing in a national competition in your home province always makes it a little extra special and Doiron said he was happy to have family and friends with him in Halifax.
“My parents and family, my grandparents, my girlfriend, they were all watching,” he said. “And there was somewhere around 7,000 students walking through during the two days, looking at the different competitions going on.
“I just want to thank everyone who has helped me be able to do this; be able to compete, prepare for it and everything else. It has been great,” he said.