Roxanne Kanak, who was raised in Quill Lake, was among three Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) students who returned sporting gold medals from the 20th Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) held recently in Toronto. Five hundred students from across Canada competed in 42 sectors including construction, services, manufacturing, transportation, information technology and employability.
Kanak, who has been attending SIAST Wascana Campus in Regina, captured gold in the graphic design category. The competition assesses the competitors’ ability to perform duties involving graphic design technology and prepress in multiple areas, including idea conception, design, digital preparation of images, typography, supportive artwork, layout, final processing and output and presentation of the final design.
She will now try out for WorldSkills Team Canada. The 43rd WorldSkills Competition will be hosted in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2015. Team Canada will be announced in early 2015 following the Canadian WorldSkills Trials.
Skills Canada is a non-profit organization that promotes careers to youth in trades and technology. Each year it hosts multi-trade and technology competitions for students and apprentices, whereby they compete against each other at provincial and national levels.
Roxanne is the daughter of Allan Kanak and Judy Kanak of Quill Lake.