We are very pleased to announce Nicole Hamilton has been selected as the new Skills Canada – Nova Scotia (SCNS) Alumni Association President and Nova Scotia representative on the National Alumni Committee.
Described by many as “small but mighty” Nicole has a tremendous amount of focus when practicing her trade. She stands up for what she believes in, always welcomes our SCNS staff with a smile and is eager to help in any way she can.
Nicole began her Skills Journey in 2014 as a first-year student at the annual Nova Scotia Skills Competition, competing against the best in her trade. She did well placing second. Just missing that gold medal did not break Nicole’s goal of competing in something she loves on the National stage. “Competing allowed me to learn that even if I was good at my trade, there was so much room to improve and grow as a painter,” said Nicole when asked what competing meant to her.
Over the next three years, Nicole continued to compete in the Nova Scotia Skills Competition through her apprenticeship, winning gold each time and earning her place on Team Nova Scotia. In 2017, Nicole came within decimal points of earning a spot on the podium at the Skills Canada National Competition. This loss was tough, but she continued pushing and perfecting her trade. She went on to become the gold medalist at the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition in Car Painting, proving that striving for excellence and hard work pays off.
Continuing her Skills Journey, Nicole was named the 2019 Alumni of the year. Now as a Red Seal Automotive Refinishing Technician Painter she begins her role as the SCNS Alumni Association President with an open mind and colourful ideas for our current and future alumni.