Skills Saskatchewan builds first ever on-site paint booth for competitions

By CRM Staff
Regina, Saskatchewan — April 17, 2018 — Skills Saskatchewan recently held its annual skills competition in Regina, and for the first time in Skills Canada history, the car-painting event was held on site. According to Leanne Jefferies, director of the Skills Canada Collision Repair Program, pulling this off took a lot of work for the team. “We essentially built a bodyshop on site for the event,” she says. 
The on site paint booth is a giant leap toward exposing students and potential technicians to the industry – one of the major goals of getting collision repair involved with Skills Canada. Jefferies comments, “The Skills Canada Collision Repair Program exists to ensure the collision repair industry is visible at skills competitions across Canada, to support the committees in the work they do and help coordinate supplies, parts, paint and materials.”
Color Compass provided several days worth of help to set up the paint booth. A virtual paint booth was also used at the competitions, set up by Scott Kucharyshen from Saskatchewan Polytechnic, with help from Jefferies and Tom Bissonnette.  
The committee members who organized the event were Dale Hawkins from Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Brayden Neufeld from Parr Autobody, Tom Bissonnette from SAAR and Joe Cardiff from Maaco Regina.
Paint was supplied by BASF, parts were supplied by LKQ, vacuum sanders and gun washers were supplied by UniRam, paint guns and fresh air breathing masks were supplied by SATA and abrasives and supplies were provided by 3M.
Skills Saskatchewan: Secondary winners in autobody repair
First: Jayden Cooke, Swift Current Comprehensive High School
Second: Brandon Wilson, Swift Current Comprehensive High School
Third: Josh Warner, Albert E. Peacock Collegiate
Skills Saskatchewan: Post-Secondary winners in autobody repair
First: Nicole Sheetka, Saskatchewan Polytechnic 
Second: Borden Ylzoya, Saskatchewan Polytechnic 
Third: Francis Shilmoon, Saskatchewan Polytechnic 
Skills Saskatchewan: Secondary winners in automotive painting
First: Zackary Wakeford, Albert E. Peacock Collegiate
Second: Danika Messer, Swift Current Comprehensive High School
Third: Jaxton Kurz: Albert E. Peacock Collegiate 
Skills Saskatchewan: Post-Secondary winners in automotive painting
First: Stirling Williams, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Second: Jefferson Bayadas, Saskatchewan Polytechnic 
For more information about Skills Canada, please visit skillscompetencescanada.com/en.
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