'Skills Ontario' hosts young women students interested in the trades as a career
by Sandy Lindsay

November 10, 2016



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Walkerton District Secondary School
Brianna Parker, Amber Howald, Briamus Muchat and teacher, Jackie West

Grey Highlands had a large contingency

More young girls are considering going into the trades and, Skills Ontario hosted students from Grades 9 to 12 to enable them to meet with mentors in various fields.

The event was sponsored by Women in Nuclear (WIN), the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program of both the Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) and Bruce-Grey Catholic School Board and UNIFOR.

Some 140 students from eight secondary schools (Saugeen District, Grey Highlands, Walkerton District, Bruce Peninsula, St. Mary's, Sacred Heart, Owen Sound DSS, John Diefenbaker) attended the event that was held on Tuesday, November 8th, at the UNIFOR Family Education Centre in Port Elgin.

(L) Amber Rose Toye, Aliyah Ritchie and Mercedes Root of Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) tried to 'de-construct' blocks without destroying the structure

As part of the event, the students had the opportunity to test their dexterity skills in various areas before breaking out into individual sessions hosted by the mentors that attended.

Emily Lancaster of Lions Head tried the 'steam shovel' simulator as Conestoga instructor Abby Brandos provides guidance

Maddy McFarlane of Bruce Peninsula tested her speed and dexterity

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Skills Ontario Staff

Scott Verhoeve, Lindsay Chester and Bill Couchie


Rylie Price of Owen Sound quickly mastered a dexterity test

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