2016 Skills Excellence Awards

Skills Excellence Awards

Our annual recognition and celebration event to recognize and give thanks to our partners and
volunteers, celebrate competitor achievements and highlight our successes from the past year.

Skills Excellence Awards

On December 9, 2016, we hosted the Skills Excellence Awards, an annual event to celebrate competitor achievements, give thanks to our partners and volunteers, and highlight our successes of the past year.

There was a lot to celebrate in 2015, including 10 national medals, and 3 silver Abilympics medals. Team NS alumnus Joey Hawkins, recently awarded the NS Apprenticeship Agency’s Employer Award of Excellence, spoke about how his journey with SCNS helped him gain the confidence and drive he needed to start his own business.

Other speakers included the Honourable Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Lucy Kanary, Dean of Trades and Technology at NSCC, and Andrew Bartlett of the CWA Foundation. Dale Crawford of the NS Apprenticeship Agency was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award for his contributions on our Board of Directors, and his help with both the NS Skills Competition and the Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton.

The event also helped to raise over $3500 through a silent auction for the Robert Sampson Memorial Bursary. These funds will help send Team NS’s plumbing competitor to the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition and support team meals and activities.

The Skills Excellence Awards was presented by the CWA Foundation, and supported by Shell Canada.


Acklands-Grainger Inc. – Dartmouth
ALT Hotel Halifax Airport
Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Avondale Sky Winery
Bird Construction Co.
Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
Canada Games Centre
Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership
Coast Tire & Auto Service
Days Inn & Conference Center – Bridgewater
Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa
Encana Corporation
Future Inns Hotel & Conference Centre
GAEL Tours
Governor’s Pub & Eatery
Graybar Canada
Halifax Mooseheads
Hearthstone Inn Sydney
Jentronics Limited
Luckett Vineyards
Maps and More
Massage Addict – Larry Uteck
Murphy Gear (J & M Murphy Limited)
PartsSource – Dartmouth
Payzant Home Building Centre
Princess Auto
Redwood Grill
Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS)
RONA Pierceys Almon
Saint Mary’s University – Athletics
Symphony Nova Scotia
Sherwin – Williams
Shore Things
The Sou’Wester Restaurant and Giftshop
The Westin Nova Scotian
VIA Rail Canada
Zwicker’s Gallery



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