Montreal, Quebec -- August 17, 2017 -- Vyolaine Dujmovic, Canada’s autobody competitor at the upcoming WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi, recently got a chance to show off her skills for her Member of Parliament, Hélène Laverdière. Dujmovic is employed with Fix Auto Henri Bourassa.
In just a few weeks, WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 member Ashley Weber will meet with Robert-Falcon Ouellette, MP for Winnipeg—Centre. Ashley will represent Canada in Car Painting when the competition takes place in Abu Dhabi.
Many more WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 members are scheduled to meet with their MPs in their constituencies between now and the team's departure for the United Arab Emirates in early October.
WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 is made up of 31 outstanding young women and men who are the top competitors in Canada in their chosen trade or technology field. To qualify, each member successfully competed through a rigorous selection process.
"Skills / Compétences Canada very much values its relationship with all parliamentarians," said Skills Canada CEO Shaun Thorson. "We were thrilled to welcome the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu, to the Skills Canada National Competition last May in Winnipeg, and we look forward to continuing our work with elected officials to ensure that the youth perspective of skills development is well captured in policy creation and implementation. After all, young people like our WorldSkills Team Canada 2017 members serve as important role models in their respective communities across Canada, and beyond."
WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will be the first competition to be held in the Middle East. National ministers, as well as business, industry and education leaders have been invited from all the WorldSkills Member countries and regions. They will tackle pressing issues that span many sectors of the skilled trades: global youth unemployment, the mismatch between skills and jobs and the mobility of skills qualifications.