MONTREAL, MARCH 11, 2010 – Thirteen students from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) won medals March 10, including five gold, at the 11th annual Regional Skills Olympic Gala for Vocational Training.
The ceremony was hosted by the EMSB’s St. Pius X Culinary Institute in Ahuntsic. A total of 142 students competed in 23 categories from vocational training centres at the EMSB, the Lester B. Pearson School Board, the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys, the Commission scolaire de Montréal, the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île and the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) . During the month of February students showcased their talents before jury members composed of experts in their specific fields.
John F. Kennedy Business Centre in St. Michel captured the three medals in the professional sales event: Erica Stabile (gold), Bianca Volpicella (silver) and Alexandra Benfatti (bronze).
Rosemount Technology Centre won medals in four categories: numerical control machine tool operation, Jian Qing Lin (gold) and Ali Ali-Hasan (silver); industrial drafting, Jian Tao He (gold) and Jin Hui Chen (silver); cabinet making, Jamie Zerebecki (bronze); and desktop publishing, Asami Takermoto (bronze)
Laurier Macdonald Vocational Centre in St. Léonard won three medals: hairdressing, Kerry-Ann Thompson (gold) and Cassandra Vinhal (silver); and automobile mechanics, Steven Yuskowski (gold).
St. Pius X Culinary Institute won one medal in professional cooking, Telmo Goncalves (bronze).
EMSB Educational Consultant Mario Marrazza, a member of the Montreal Island Skills Competitions Regional Committee, coordinated the Olympic activities. The gold medal winners will represent the island of Montreal at the Provincial Skills Competition in Quebec City in May. Winners from there will go on to represent the province at the Canadian Skills Competition in Kitchener, Ontario. A selection team of winners from that competition will represent Canada at the 41st World Skills Competitions in London, England in 2011.
The ceremony began with a parade of competitors. Rosemount High School’s Symphonic Winds Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Mangal, provided music throughout the evening. EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini, Director General Mario Tirelli and St. Pius X Culinary Institute Principal Marysa Barassi addressed the audience of more than 300 people.