Durham College students win six medals at 2021 Skills Ontario Competition

Durham College (DC) is proud to share that six students reached the podium in multiple categories at the Skills Ontario Competition on May 12. Virtual this year, the competition and Career Exploration Showcase welcomed thousands of attendees to discover new skilled trade and technology careers, while students competed against one another in categories from numerous fields.

Three DC students took home a gold medal, including Cameron Billingham for Photography, Glesy Panaga for Baking and Mark Steele for IT Network Systems Administration. Receiving silver was Lucas Mawdsley for Coding, and bronze was awarded to Jared Toomey for IT Network Systems Administration and Logan Scott for Photography.

“We are incredibly impressed and proud of the level of talent and dedication our students have demonstrated during the Skills Ontario Competition this year,” said Dr. Elaine Popp, executive vice president, Academic. “This competition has allowed them to draw on the technical expertise, creativity and innovation that DC students are known for, while putting into practice everything they’ve learned in the classroom. If what they’ve showed us here is any indication of their future success, we know that they will go far.”

Good luck to gold-medal winners, Billingham, Panaga and Mawdsley, who will represent DC and Ontario in the 26th Skills Canada National Competition to be held virtually on Tuesday, June 15.

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