June at Delmar: A Recap

In the beauty college world June can typically be a slow month. Not this one though! We are happy to say that we had a ton going on around the college. Lots of new students, lots of clients booking in, and in true Delmar fashion, LOTS OF FUN. Check it out below.

Another very successful Makeup 101 program ran in June. Here are some shots from that class.


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Some of our Hair Design classes learned all about barbering and male grooming.


We recognized some stand out students for their perfect attendance. We love to reward student success!


We saw some students graduate from the Professional Esthetics program. Congratulations to Chassity and Genalin!


We featured more of our last student photo shoot. Thank you to Brandon from Analog Dog Creative, and to all of our students that work so hard to create these beautiful images.

Our March 2016 Hair Design class learned some classic techniques (and had some fun) when it came to perm wrapping and highlighting methods.


We welcomed Jody from Joico. She came in to educate some of our Hair Design classes on the Joico product line. Thank you Jody!


We already blogged all about it, but it was kind of a big deal, so we need to mention it again. Delmar Esthetic’s student Jordan competed on Team Alberta for a spot on Team Canada at the Skills Canada National competition in Moncton, NB. If you want to read all about it click here for a link to that blog post.

A brand new Professional Esthetics class started this month…


and so did a brand new Hair Design class. Welcome to you all!


Some very exciting news came our way. Last week we proudly made the announcement that we will be hosting a guest artist in July. Cameron Byrne is an award winning hair stylist from London, England. He is coming to share his creative knowledge with our students and staff. The countdown is on for all of us!

Two more exciting announcements, we launched our brand new website AND we can now say that our Hairstyling Pre-Employment program is eligible for student aid funding. Here’s a little shot of both combined. Click here to check out our fresh new look!


Thank you to all of our students, staff, and clients that made June such an amazing month here at Delmar. We wish you all a wonderful Canada Day, and we will see you in July!


Audrey Brown

no gimmicks. just great education


On the Road to Skills: Moncton 2016

“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” Howard Cosell

If you have been following our blog posts, you will already know that we were in Moncton, NB for the past week at the Skills Canada National Competition. Delmar student, Jordan Radke was representing us, and Alberta, in the Aesthetics competition. I was there as the Alberta representative for the National Technical Committee.


It has been quite the journey for Jordan and myself. We started training for a spot on Team Alberta many months ago now. When it came close to provincial competition time disaster struck in Fort McMurray and all the evacuees were housed in the Edmonton Expo Centre, a.k.a. Skills Alberta’s competition site. This meant that, along with every other trade competing, we had no venue. Most would freak out and just cancel everything, but the Skills Alberta team are resilient and resourceful, so we just found another way.

A lot of the trade competitions were then held at NAIT in Edmonton, just with a modified competition schedule. Some competitions were cancelled, but a medalist was chosen to be on Team Alberta by lottery system. Whoever took gold regionally went into the pot and were drawn. I am the chair for the Skills Alberta Aesthetics committee, and basically as long as we could find another venue to host us, we could still hold a modified competition. And that’s exactly what happened. My amazing committee came together and found a beauty college in Edmonton that would host us. Crisis averted.


Jordan took the gold medal at the provincial level and we started the process of preparing her for the national level. She trained hard, four days a week, for three weeks. We were ready.

On June 4 she joined Team Alberta and traveled across the country. I went the day before and started set up for the two days of intensive competition that lay ahead of these ladies. There were eight young women from eight different provinces in total. On the evening of June 5 they all came to meet us as their future judges and drop off their “tool boxes”. First thing I noticed was they all looked so professional and composed. Everyone was in the game at this point.


June 6, competition day one. Jordan started with the manicure and nail art component and moved into the advanced facial.


June 7, competition day two. The Moncton Coliseum is a million degrees and smells like camp fire. Sweat is literally dripping from these girls as they do the body treatment and makeup portions of the competition.

At the end of the day we all got together, wished each competitor well, and had some fun. These girls did such a great job and a huge round of applause was given.

June 8, we all get in buses and meet up at the Wesleyan Celebration Centre for the awards ceremony. The place is packed and everyone is in their respective teams.

It was such a great ceremony filled with amazing energy. Moncton definitely knows how to show it’s visitors a good time.

Team Alberta won the Team Spirit Award. Some of the Alberta competitors went through a great ordeal in order to make it to this competition, what with the Fort McMurray fires and being relocated for so long, but no matter what part of the province they are from, one thing is sure: they were there for each other.

Delmar College would like to extend a huge congratulations to the winners in the Aesthetics competition. We wish nothing but success to Gold medalist, Anne Matiowsky (Ontario). She has a long road ahead to qualify for Team Canada.

We also need to congratulate the Secondary and Post Secondary Hair Styling winners!

We have some strong competitors that are moving on to qualifiers for Team Canada. World Skills, here we come!

I spoke with Jordan after the awards ceremony and gave her a huge hug. She said she had such an amazing time and was so happy with the opportunity she had been given to be part of Team Alberta. It was such a pleasure training her and getting to know her better. She will be a success at whatever she puts her mind to.

For me, I am already planning for the Provincial and National Skills competitions for 2017. I am excited to meet some new competitors along the way and take them to Winnipeg as part of Team Alberta.


Audrey Brown

no gimmicks. just great education


A Celebration: Grad at Delmar

May 27 marked a very special day for us at Delmar. We hosted our first ever “mixed” graduation reception. By mixed, I mean that it included our Hair Design, Professional Esthetics, Clinical Esthetics, and Nail Technology graduates who had completed their programs in the past few months.

Thank you to the Hotel Blackfoot for providing the space, and refreshments for our grads and their guests.

Delmar’s President, and Owner, Dan Cavanagh, started the reception with some words of wisdom to our new graduates.

Dan Cavanagh

He was followed by our Director of Esthetics, Linda Villeneuve, who talked about the challenges that professionals entering the esthetics field can face and how we can bring about change.


Tara Byrne, Director of Hair, talked about how challenging it is to be a hair student and the misconceptions behind becoming a professional stylist. It isn’t easy. It can be the hardest thing you will ever do. But congratulated those who rose to that challenge and completed their program.


Our first guest speaker was Lina Chammoury, owner of Edges Salon & Spa. She shared with us her story of building a business. The joys, and sometimes, the defeat that goes along with that. Her message was one of positivity, the sky is the limit if you want it bad enough and are willing to work for it. Thank you so much Lina!

Lina, Dan, Carla, and Tara

Our second guest speaker was Brandon Shaw of Analog Dog Creative. Brandon works with our students during their final photo shoot. He is responsible for the amazing shots you will see on our social media sites. Brandon shared some insight into his journey. That he didn’t just wake up one day and start his own business. That it took a lot of hard work, and sleepless nights, and that he took every opportunity possible in order to reach his goal. Thank you Brandon. We look forward to continuing to see you around the college!


Stacey Morgans of Modern Beauty was our final guest speaker. She works in the professional sales field, and deals directly with salons and spas. She gave a heartfelt speech wishing all of our graduates the very best in their field. Thank you Stacey!


We recognized some graduates for their outstanding attendance. We would like to send a special congratulations to Samantha, Chelsea, Isis, and Kate from our Esthetics department. From our Hair department, Dan, Lisa, and Anne all receive that special recognition as well. Thank you all for your dedication to your program. You worked hard and it paid off.

Our next graduation reception is set for October, where we will honour another group of fabulous graduates.

From all of us at Delmar College, we wish our graduates a lifetime of success! Thank you to everyone who came out to show their support.
Stay tuned. Next week I will be onsite at the Skills Canada National competition in Moncton, NB to help with the Aesthetics competition. Our very own Jordan is representing Alberta, and Delmar. Best of luck Jordan! I, of course, will be blogging all about it.


Audrey Brown

no gimmicks. just great education