Skills Canada-Ontario

Skills Canada-Ontario

May 11, 2009 11:41 ET

Skills Canada-Ontario Announces the Winners of the Team Home Building Competition

Honourary Judge Bryan Baeumler Sizes Up Mini-Homes

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 11, 2009) -

Editors Note: Two videos and a photo are included with this press release.

At last week's closing ceremony of the Ontario Technological Skills Competition, Skills Canada - Ontario announced the gold, silver and bronze winners of the team home building competition.

The home building competition, sponsored by Lowe's, took place on May 5 and 6 at the Manulife Financial Sportsplex at RIM Park in Waterloo, where teams from secondary schools all across Ontario tested their technical skills in various aspects of residential construction. Starting with only technical drawings and project specifications, the competition culminated with teams finishing 8' by 8' by 9' mini-homes which included working electrical and plumbing rough-ins over two days.

The gold medal went to Garette Surmanski, Shane Mcbean, Scott Holmes and Jessica Andrews from the Thames Valley District School Board; silver was awarded to Alex Swan, Ben Perry, Andrew Dick and Mike Ball from the Limestone District School Board and the bronze medal went to Chris Lingard, Steve Kolkman, Nathan Kolkman and Andrew Fulton from the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board.

The homes were evaluated during every stage of their construction by a panel of expert judges including Lowe's guest and honourary judge Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV's DIY Disaster Cottage who met with the enthusiastic and talented students.

"I think the home building competition is amazing. It's great to see so many kids involved and how enthusiastic they are. I'm impressed by their skills in residential construction. Being in the trades myself, we're always looking for tradespeople and this competition shows young people that the trades are a great way to go," said Baeumler.

This competition kicked off on Monday, May 5, with Skills Canada - Ontario announcing a significant new partnership with Lowe's Canada. The $200,000 grant from the Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation is the largest corporate contribution ever received by Skills Canada - Ontario.

At the opening day luncheon, Don Stallings, President of Lowe's Canada, expressed how excited Lowe's is at partnering with such a valuable organization.

"Lowe's is proud to work with Skills Canada - Ontario to prepare Ontario's future skilled work force and to help youth in our communities excel in their chosen career paths," said Stallings.

In addition to Skills Canada - Ontario and Lowe's representatives, The Hon. Minister Milloy and The Hon. Minister Wynne participated in the announcement ceremony. The Lowe's grant will support community service projects, instructional program enhancements, as well as the Ontario Technological Skills Competition which is a key annual event to encourage skills education with youth.


Skills Canada - Ontario is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the development of youth and the prosperity of industry in Ontario. We strive to promote the skilled trades and technologies as viable, first choice career options for young people.


With fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE(R) 50 company that serves approximately 14 million customers a week. Lowe's operates more than 1,650 home improvement stores in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.ca.

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