On the Road to Skills

If you really want to change the world you have to inspire young people. That’s how you change the world. – Joe Rogan

I have had the great pleasure of being involved with the Skills organization since 2012. My first experience was as a committee member on the Provincial Technical Committee for Aesthetics for Skills Canada Alberta. I learned a lot that competition year, and also became overwhelmingly inspired by the young competitors I saw. At the awards ceremony I even shed a few tears, so that was it for me, I was hooked.

Team Alberta 2014, after receiving their gold medals

In 2013 I became the Chair for the Aesthetics committee and continue to do so to this day. Last year I had the opportunity to also get involved with Skills Canada and became the National Technical Committee representative for Alberta. Again, it was an amazing experience and just confirmed how much I love being a part of the organization. I learned a lot about what it takes to compete at the national level and brought that home with me so we could mold our provincial competition to meet that standard.

That’s me with our Alberta competitor at Skills Canada 2015 in Saskatoon, SK

I have worked with several competitors over the years, helping them to train and prep for the provincial and national competitions. Every competitor brings a unique set of talents and challenges, but always seems to have a huge amount of drive in common.


And while I am there to inspire them to reach for more, they truly inspire me also. Skills competitions are held worldwide, but something not everyone knows is that they are made up of some very young men and women. Competitors, in most trades, must be under 21 years of age. To be honest, most are still teenagers.

I definitely did not have that drive as a teenager, or even into my twenties. So I commend them and am in awe of that.

But, I’m not just here to talk about me and my role in Skills. I am actually here to talk about a specific competitor. Her name is Jordan. She’s training to represent Delmar at Skills Alberta in May. Oh, and she’s amazing in so many ways. So let’s talk about her already…



What drew you to take the Esthetician program at Delmar?

Makeup and skincare have always been a passion of mine. I just love it. And I wanted to learn the specifics of it.


What has been your biggest challenge?

Differentiating the types of treatments for the skin.


Are you excited for Skills?

(Giggles) Yes. Totally. It is totally out of my comfort zone, so it is good.


Is there a part of the competition you are most looking forward to?

Most excited for the makeup component


What has been your favourite part of the process so far?

Enjoying training. Learning a lot of additional treatments and getting to work with equipment that is new to me.


I have so much faith in Jordan and I have to give her kudos for stepping up and accepting a challenge that is so far out of her comfort zone. My wish for her is to have an amazing experience, learn a lot, and get on that airplane for Abu Dhabi World Skills in 2017.

Stay tuned for more posts involving Skills Alberta as we get closer to the provincial competition.


Audrey Brown

no gimmicks. just great education



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