Gold at Skills Manitoba: Aurora Donaldson

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From Independent Fashion Designer to Entrepreneur, there are so many career paths in the Beauty and Fashion Industry. At MC College, we offer tuition scholarships, transfer credits to our programs and industry opportunities to help and support High School students achieve their dream career. On average, we award over $100,000 worth of tuition scholarships across Western Canada. As part of our Beauty Apprentice program, High School students get the exclusive chance to experience the hustle and bustle of a fashion show backstage. Our Try-A-Trade booths at Skills offer students a hands-on look into Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion.

 
Last month, hundreds of students across the country competed in Skills Canada. One of those students was Fashion Technology High School student, Aurora Donaldson from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate in Winnipeg.

 
Her journey in the competition kicked off at Skills Manitoba this past April. With an audience watching her every stitch and seam, Aurora designed and constructed a tailored jacket in 6 hours! She competed against dozens of Fashion Technology students across Manitoba and won the coveted gold medal; allowing her to be the face of the Province at Skills Canada. In addition to placing first, she won a $3500 tuition scholarship to MC College to further her training in Fashion Design.

 

(Right: Aurora Donaldson. Image credit: Skills Canada Manitoba Facebook)

 
As a Judge at the Provincial competition and Fashion Instructor at MC College, Brenda Speirs-Fryatt, offered Aurora guidance and mentorship for the Nationals. “Aurora is extremely talented and driven too excel. She works above and beyond to perfect her design; spending hours, spares, evenings and weekends preparing for the Nationals. I am so proud of what she has achieved!” says Brenda.

 

From June 5th to 8th, Aurora travelled to Moncton, New Brunswick for the Skills Canada Competition and placed 4th across Canada for Fashion Technology. This week, she was announced and congratulated by Transcona MLA, Blair Yakimoski, and received a standing ovation (the only item on the agenda that received an ovation!) for her achievements.

“This passion doesn’t grow without the support, encouragement and direction of her teacher Denise Miller and Brenda Speirs-Fryatt of MC College who saw her potential and fostered it…she took her skills and that gold medal with the guidance of her mentors, she was part of team Manitoba at the skills Canada national competition…although she finished just off the podium, we are all very proud of her” says Blair Yakimoski.

 
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What is Skills Canada?
Skills Canada is an Olympic-style competition that promotes and highlights careers in skilled trades such as: Hairstyling, Esthetics and Fashion Technology. Winners of the provincial competition in several trades compete against each other for the title of ‘National Champion’ and the opportunity to represent Canada in the World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi in July 2017.