GRADE 6 TRADES AND TECHNOLOGY OLYMPICS
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BY KACPER ANTOSZEWSKIKACPER@THOMPSONCITIZEN.NET
Thompson resident Natashia Moodie is hosting the The Beauty Within dinner and gala Nov. 19 at the Juniper Centre to help fund maternity shoots for northern mothers. Moodie hopes to publish an album of the photos in order to promote healthy body image and pride in motherhood during preg-nancy. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 pm.
As the leading co-ordinator of the project, Natashia describes the goals of The Beauty Within:
The Beauty Within Project is a maternity project that highlights expectant mothers with precious photographs. As women we need to take back our bodies and celebrate what we are capable of! Stepping in front of the camera while preg-nant we can take our power back and celebrate the creation of life! The Beauty Within Project rmly believes that todays society fo-cuses way too much time on the slim beautiful women/models out there and seem to forget all about the gorgeous expecting mother.
BY KACPER ANTOSZEWSKIKACPER@THOMPSONCITIZEN.NET
After nine years of regular competiton, local re ghter Darrick Graff competed against re ghters from around the world in his fourth Scott Fire ghter Combat World Challenge, which ran from Oct. 19-24. The competition hosted 600 competitors from around the world, including Europe, South America, Africa, and Australia. Of the 600, only 159 made it to the nals on Oct. 23-24, in which Graffplaced 25th overall.
This was not Graffs rst time competing at the world level; last year he nished the course in one minute and thirty-one seconds, qualifying him for the Lions Den a program recognizing the competitions top competitors who nish in under 1:40. Graff was awarded his Lions Den letter-man jacket and certi cate the day before the competition nals, where he nished in 1:27, beating his previous time by four seconds. Graff was one of two re ghters in Manitoba to qualify for the competition, along with former colleague and rst-year competitor Brett Ash, currently a re ghter in Winnipeg.
The competition pushes re ghters to performances far beyond what most would encounter in the eld. But for Graff, its all about preparedness. We dont really encounter this sort of thing day-to-day, but we train for the worst. You should be
in good enough shape to do it.The re ghter combat challenge consists
of a ve-event course which competitors seek to complete in the shortest time pos-sible. The re ghter rst runs a weighted pack to the top of a ve-story tower, then hoist a packed hose to the top of the tower using a rope. The re ghter then rushes to the bottom of the tower, where he or uses a maul (like a sledgehammer) to pound a weighted piston down a short track, simulating the strength exerted during the forced entry of a building. The re ghter then sprints a 140-foot slalom course, reaching a hose he or she must drag at least halfway back and spray a target roughly the size of a dinner plate. The nal section has the re ghter dragging a 175-lb Rescue Randy dummy just over 100 feet, depositing the dummy at the end of the course.
The course is completed in full bunker gear including re suit, boots, and breath-ing apparatus. Having spent time with other international competitors, however, Graffnotes that this can mean different things in different places. Some of the stuff they wear, we would never be able to get away with here. Really thin stuff. Which I guess might be an advantage on the course, he said, laughing.
Graff plans to continue competing annually.
Thompson re ghter places 25thin world re ghting competition
The Beauty Within honouring expectant mothers with fundraiser gala Nov. 19
Thompson Citizen photo courtesy of Mandy PattersonDarrick Graff, right, with his mother Jenny Graff at his Lions Den induction ceremony before the nals.
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BY MICHELLE PRUDERSPECIAL TO THE THOMPSON CITIZEN
Grade 6 students from several elementary schools in Thompson arrived at the Thompson Regional Community Centre on Nov. 5 to pick up their Trades & Technology Passports and then proceeded to the various stations where they got to experience hands-on jobs in trades and technology.
Skills Canada Manitoba, in partnership with R.D. Parker Collegiate, Vale and the Northern Manitoba Sector Council, sponsored the event. The goal of the event was to get students to try out different trades or technology skills in an exciting, hands-on way and to get them thinking about some possible ca-reer choices for the future.
Michelle Pruder, the
Northern In-School Liasion Of cer for Skills Canada Manitoba, says, The demand for skilled workers is greater than the supply, especially here in the north. There are lots of opportunities to have good paying jobs in trades and technology, but kids need to know not only what those jobs are but how important it is to complete their education and gain the skills they need to do these jobs. They need to be exposed to the wide array of types of jobs available and see that there are several paths to nding a career that is ful lling. University is one option, but other op-tions can include college or vocational training, and apprenticeship programs. By exposing children to the opportunities now, we can help ensure that we avoid a growing shortage of well-trained employees in Manitoba and have an adequate skilled work-force for tomorrow that provides our young people with a high standard of living.
The activities students participated in included tailoring and clothing design, food services, automotive, carpentry, cosmetology, electronics, mechanics, mineral sci-ences, and engineering. RDPC students acted as mentors at each of the sta-tions, and patiently guided the younger Grade 6 stu-dents in how to do each task. Many of the RDPC student mentors are them-selves working towards a career in one of the trades by taking related classes while in high school. Some
of them are also enrolled in the High School Ap-prenticeship Program (HSAP). This lets students start their apprenticeship while still in high school, and it combines regular high school instruction with paid, part-time, on-the-job apprenticeship training.
Two mentors from Vale were also present at the event. Yvette Sivyer is a welder by trade and has worked for several years doing many differ-ent types of welding. She has recently changed her career direction, and has graduated as a mine en-gineering technologist and will continue to work for Vale in a new capacity as a surveyor. Robert Stillie is an industrial instru-ment mechanic and has worked at Vale for over eight years. He was rst hired into the smelter as a third-year industrial in-strument apprentice, and while at Vale, completed his Red Seal certi cation. Students listened atten-tively as the mentors shared information and stories about their careers, and were intrigued with all of the equipment the mentors had brought with them from Vale.
Overall, the Trades & Technology Olympics was a great success with both students and teachers ex-pressing appreciation for the opportunity to par-ticipate, and it provided a great start to the many other upcoming events that Skills Canada Mani-toba has plann