Calgary Board of Education

National Skills Competition – Quebec City

July 29, 2011

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The CT Centre Cosmetology Program was excited and honoured that Jodi Sillker-Nordquist, Instructor at the CT Center, was invited to judge the Cosmetology/Hairstyling categories at the Skills National competition on June 1-4, 2011 in Quebec City.

Canada's largest display of trade and technology talent brought together over 500 secondary, post-secondary and apprenticeship students from all areas of Canada to compete in over 40 trade and technology contests in an Olympic-style event in Quebec City. The competition provided opportunity for young Canadians studying a skilled trade or technology to be tested against exacting standards and against their peers from across the nation. Students vie to win the honour of being crowned the best in their chosen discipline.

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"Having the chance to be an evaluator and judge of this event in Hairstyling was a fantastic opportunity. Being chosen as the Alberta representative to judge, along with four other judges from other provinces really gives a broad and unbiased look at each mannequin that is evaluated. Finger dexterity, hand-eye coordination and depth perception are all invaluable qualities for a successful hairstylist. Qualities that competitors seem to innately have are passion, confidence in their skills, discipline, commitment, and an interest in keeping abreast of what is happening in fashion and a need to cutting-edge knowledge. When evaluating the skills and the competitors work, these are definitely some of the qualities a winner and medalist must possess.


At Skills Canada competitions students are judged on how they perform a task according to industry standards, and those who make it to the National finals are assessed by a panel of judges with professional industry experience. All of the judges from Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and myself from Alberta are members of the Master Judges Hair Styling Panel of Canada and judged the competitors and their mannequin work on the National 30 point system of judging. The members and judges were Stephan Perron from Quebec, Bonnie Grover from New Brunswick, Coco from Ontario, Antonio Forte from Ontario and myself, Jodi-Lee Silliker -Nordquist from Alberta."

It is inspiring to see our youth perform at such a high level of excellence in skilled trades and to see the talent that is brought forth at this competition.

We are very proud that a young Albertan, Nick Gaze from Sherwood Park, Alberta won the Senior Hairstyling category. Ms. Moren who works at the CT Center with Jodi had the pleasure of teaching Nick while he was in the Grade 10 Cosmetology at Bev Facey High School in Sherwood Park.


We are now preparing our new students at the CT Center for the Skills Alberta Competitions which will be held in May, 2012 in Edmonton Alberta.

Competitions are included in the required courses for the Apprenticeship and are excellent learning experiences that allow students to also build relationships in the industry. The course evaluation for Competition Cosmetology identifies the following personal, management, and professional areas the students are required to develop competency:

  • Dedication
  • Attention to detail
  • Patience
  • Projecting a positive image
  • Practicing personal and professional hygiene
  • Respecting the rights of self and others
  • Planning and organization skills
  • Communication and self- expression
  • Creative abilities

These fundamental skills are basic life skills that assist them in all areas of their lives.