Bakers Journal

Skills Canada competitions: focus on B.C. provincial and national medal winners

July 2, 2022
By Baking Association of Canada/Bakers Journal

Jira Dunol of Vancouver Community College, who won gold in the B.C. provincial post-secondary baking competition and at the national level. Leila Pourshahriary of Delta Secondary School did the same at the secondary level. Congratulations to both and to all budding bakers! Photo: Skills Canada

The Skills Canada Provincial 2022 Competition in baking took place in April at Vancouver Convention Centre to determine Team BC for the Skills Canada National Competition. 

In the post-secondary school baking category, Jira Dunol of Vancouver Community College won the gold medal, Elleora McKay of Vancouver Island University earned a silver medal and Erik Cessford of VIU picked up bronze. 

Dunol went forward to compete at the national level May 25-27 and won gold! Max Bishop of Nova Scotia won silver and Hollie Rivera of Manitoba took home the bronze. 

In the Team Canada catergory Ontario won gold (Emma Kilgannon), Alberta won silver (Calia Pacle) and Quebec won bronze (Frédérike Bélair). The winner will proceed to compete in Skills Worlds 2022 (venue details to be announced).


In the provincial secondary school baking category, Leila Pourshahriary of Delta Secondary School won gold, Emily Mueckel of Gleneagle Secondary School won silver and Molly Cole of Ecole Ballenas Secondary won bronze. 

Like Dunol, Pourshahriary went on to compete in nationals and won gold for B.C. Says organizer Kimberly Tada, “It was a virtual competition for Secondary Nationals but we borrowed a medal for Leila to have a picture with Jireh. 

At nationals, Cherry Paculanang of Alberta won silver and Michael Abellera of Manitoba won bronze in the secondary category.

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