Marissa Halter

Team Canada, WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

Post-Secondary

Hometown: North Battleford, SK

School: SAIT

Employer: Rhino Print Solutions

Expert: Bruce Kenworthy

Trainer: Peter Masch

Skills Competition: 2012 Provincial and Nationals, 2013 Team Cananda

"My experience at National Skills was an amazing one, I loved meeting people interested in the trade that I am interested in. It was a once in a lifetime experience that has given me oppurtunities that I wouldn't of had without competing in the skills competition."

Marissa, a passionate and hard working individual, is always striving to be the best that she can be.  Her love for computers and creating designs are what have lead her to pursue a career in the field of offset printing. Her career goals are to become a graphic designer or a press operator. She is currently pursuing this through her studies at SAIT Polytechnic where she is working towards her degree in graphic communications and print technology. She got involved with Skills Canada competitions through her institution as her press class teacher approached her about competing. Through her participation at the WorldSkills Competition, she hopes to gain hands on experience, industry contacts and as much knowledge as she can obtain. She also hopes to have fun, get the chance to explore Germany and meet other young people who are as dedicated to their trade as she is. ‘I am excited and honoured for the opportunity to represent Canada and I will give it everything to get myself on that podium and bring back a medal!’

Print Media competitor im"pressed" by the Skills Experience

Marissa Halter, 20, has designs on bringing home a medal for Canada at the WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig, Germany from July 2nd to 7th, 2013. She will be competing in the Print Media Technology area and is one of 11 competitors representing Alberta on Team Canada.

Currently a full-time graphic design and print technology student at SAIT in Calgary, Marissa became involved in Skills Canada Competitions in 2012 when one of her instructors suggested it. She Competed in the Provincial and National Skills Canada Competitions that year, winning gold at both levels, which earned her a place on Team Canada 2013.

"I am enjoying all of the amazing experience I am gaining from training at different levels and in different locations, and I am looking forward to competing in Germany, meeting new people, and everything in between," she said.

Marissa sees her greatest strength as her determination to do her best. With a training schedule that includes 8-10 hours a week with her instructor, and three hours a week as a teacher's aid for the first-year press class, Marissa is working hard to make sure she is ready for the World competition. She will be attending print shows to train there and will attend the national Skills competition in Vancouver in June.

"The support I am receiving from everyone around me is amazing and inspiring," said Marissa, who is originally from North Battlefor, Saskatchewan. "My trainerand my expert are 100% committed to my training and are helping me to prepare mentally for the competition."

In the future, Marissa would like to work as a press operator then pursue graphic design. "I enjoy seeing a project from start to finish. You start with a blank page and you get to be creative and make it come to life when you print it, " she said. "After it's finished and trimmed, it looks awesome and I love the feeling of knowing that I made it."

Marissa's team spirit and pride is clear in her message for her Team Canada teammates: "Everyone is under the same pressure so let's not be afraid to lean on each other. We are a team and a family!" she said.

WorldSkills Competitions are held every two years and bring together hundreds of young skilled people from around the world to compete in various trades/technologies and test their skills against the best of their peers from regional and national skill competitions held in more than 50 countries/regions.

Competition: 
Team Alberta 2012