Assumption Carpentry Student Wins Gold at Skills Ontario & Places in Top 10 at Skills Canada Competition!
Written by John Dietrich, Experiential Learning Consultant, Student Success at the Halton Catholic District School Board.

Having successfully competed at the Halton Skills competition and winning Gold, Iain Corbett moved on to compete at the Skills Ontario competition at the Toronto Congress Centre on May 7th.

Iain, who runs his own summer business, had a feeling he “placed top ten” and decided he would make the drive into Toronto just to see where he placed. As the announcer moved into the top 3 and Iain had not heard his name yet, he was a bit disappointed but thought maybe he hadn’t done as well as he expected. That all changed when he saw his name flashed across the screen as the Skills Ontario Competition Gold Medal winner for Carpentry

As a result of winning gold at Skills Ontario, Iain was afforded the opportunity to compete in the Skills Canada National Championship. The event took place in Halifax on May 28-29th. Iain travelled with competitors from across Ontario to compete against the best high school aged carpenters in Canada. 

Iain performed incredibly well, placing 9th in the national competition. More importantly, he gained valuable experience – first flight, new friends, future connections and skill development, and got the chance to see a beautiful Canadian city.

The Skills Canada competition is an exceptional event. Competing students are celebrated like Olympic athletes and 7,500 students from across Nova Scotia witnessed the event. It is remarkable to see so many talented students exhibit their God-given talents. It is also a powerful recognition of the importance of all post-secondary pathways. Iain was an exceptional representative of his family, Assumption Catholic Secondary School​, the Student Success department and the HCDSB as a whole. 

We are all extremely proud of his accomplishments. Congratulations Iain!


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