Katherine Kupchenko, Event and Registration Coordinator

1. When did you begin working with Skills Canada Alberta?

April 18, 2016, right in the middle of the 2016 Regional Competitions. Looking back, it was a really crazy time to start but at least I had a lot of time to focus on registration lists because everyone else was so busy gearing up to Provincials. 

2. How did you first get involved with Skills Canada Alberta?

My position is kind of the perfect combination of my professional background - event planning, volunteer management, registration systems and alumni programming. I had previously worked for a few other non-profits and post-secondary institutions, and in my previous role at a software company, I really missed working for an organization that focused on inspiring and helping people. This position seemed like a role that was tailor-made for me. 

3. What is your role with Skills Canada Alberta, and what types of programs/initiatives etc. would some of our Skills followers be contacting you/communicating with you about?

Event and Registration Coordinator, which basically means that I am the master of all lists. I manage the registration process for all of our programs, manage and recruit our post-secondary competitors, organize the Cardboard Boat Races, help manage and coordinate our volunteers, and am in the process of developing an alumni program with Randi, our Education Facilitator. 

4. What has been one of your best memories/experiences while working with Skills Canada Alberta?

The Cardboard Boat Races was probably one of my favorite experiences here. It is an event with so much laughter and it's a great experience for students that race their boats across the pool. I introduced the Titanic Award last season and the students did not disappoint, the boats were going down and the captains made it dramatic! 

5. What is your favorite thing about working with Skills Canada Alberta?

This is going to sound cheesy but it really is the Skills community - our volunteers, teachers, competitors and the Skills team. When I went to the 2016 National Competition in Moncton, I really had no idea what to expect from the competition and didn't know any of our volunteers except for the IT Network Systems Administration Committee. The 2017 Provincials and Nationals was a completely different experience because of how many people I had gotten to know in the Skills community during that year. 

6. Tell us one fun fact about yourself. 

I like to explore different activities and places - I love to travel, go to the theatre, ski and bake. Volunteering is something that is important to me and because I think about food so much throughout my day, it was a natural fit to start volunteering at Taste of Edmonton and the Canadian Food Championship five years ago. 

7. If you could learn any trade or technology, which one would it be and why?

Robotics - it's solving a puzzle and using technology to do it. It's also a really fun competition to watch because you never know what's going to happen.