Skills Canada 2019

Skills Canada 2019 was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was the 25th Canadian Olympiad, but what exactly are the Olympics? The Canadian Olympiads are the only national competition for multiple specialized fields for students and learners across the country. Canada’s top young talent compete in the hope of becoming a national champion in their trade or technology.

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For the fourth year in a row, Janome equipped each of the eight participants with an HD-9 machine and a Pro4DX top-up.

The eight participants came from the following provinces: New Brunswick; North West Territories; Saskatchewan; Alberta; British Columbia; Ontario; Manitoba; and Quebec.

These eight teenagers had twelve hours to design the pattern and make a transformable dress with coordinated fabrics and stipulated techniques. Of course the teachers had trained them well throughout the year, but competition is not a practice. Here is the picture of the painting and sketches of the model that each had carefully prepared:

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The time had come and the competition began. The concentration was intense despite observers, professors, judges and visitors.

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What a beautiful smile… satisfaction or relief? The first day is over and the top of the garment is waiting to be examined by the judges.

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On the second day, the transformable garment needs to be presented……short sleeve – long sleeve with a cuff.

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And lo and behold, the transformable dress is ready to be judged ….. it’s a competition!

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The parents were there to cheer on their daughter… what pride! Then the wait until the next day to know the winner.

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Céline of Janome Canada hoped Quebec would win the gold medal.

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In Fashion and Creation, the gold medal goes to Jade Fortin of Quebec !!!

In addition, Jade’s results also earned a 2nd gold medal for the highest score in any trade in Quebec !!!

What a great talent, congratulations JADE FORTIN !!!

Published on Vie Janome on June 6th, 2019 by Céline Ross, edited by Anne-Margaret Vose and Liz Thompson.

About Anne Stitcher

I am the newest Educator with Janome. While I have been sewing for over 40 years, I'm finding there is always something new to learn in the sewing world. New techniques, new tools and new fabric.
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