Durham College students win big at 2022 Virtual Skills Ontario Competition

Durham College (DC) is proud to share that eight students achieved victory at the 2022 Virtual Skills Ontario Competition on May 4, bringing home seven medals, including five gold, one silver and one bronze. Virtual for the second year in a row, the competition and Career Exploration Showcase welcomed thousands of elementary, secondary and post-secondary attendees to discover new skilled trade and technology careers, while students competed against one another in categories from numerous fields.

The winning students include:

  • Holly White – Silver – Aesthetics
  • Yasmin Parhizi – Gold – Aesthetics
  • Abigayle Hamilton and Emma Pace – Gold – Horticulture & Landscape
  • Daniel Hinbest – Gold – Coding Programming
  • Jared Toomey – Gold – IT Network Systems Administrations
  • Christopher Santoli – Gold – Photography
  • Owen Jackson – Bronze – Photography

“Our students continuously impress us with their talent, determination and commitment to their crafts, and this competition is no different,” said Dr. Elaine Popp, executive vice president, Academic. “From capturing moments in time as art, to writing complicated code for programming, these students are leading the way in their own right. We are proud of them for using the skills they’ve learned at Durham College to fuel their passion and find success.”

Good luck to Yasmin Parhizi, as well as the team of two, Abigayle Hamilton and Emma Pace, who will represent DC and Ontario in the 27th Annual Skills Canada National Competition to be held in Vancouver from Thursday, May 26 to Friday, May 27.

Skills Ontario is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of skilled trades and technologies as viable, first-choice career options for Ontario youth through programs and initiatives such as provincial skills competitions.