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'Go Matilda Go!' Iqaluit student nabs gold medal at national skills contest

An aspiring graphic artist from Iqaluit brought home a gold medal from the Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, N.B., this week.

Aspiring graphic artist Matilda Pinksen impresses with her redesign of Nunavut Judo logo

Matilda Pinksen of Iqaluit became the first Nunavut student to nab a gold medal at the Skills Canada National Competition this week. She won in the job demonstration category. (submitted by Taha Tabish)

An aspiring graphic artist from Iqaluit brought home a gold medal from the Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, N.B., this week.

It's the first time Nunavut has received a gold medal since the territory began competing in the annual skills showcase.

Matilda Pinksen, 17, won in the job demonstration category, presenting a step-by-step guide for designing a new logo for Nunavut Judo.

 

School course piqued her design ambitions 

Pinksen said Inuksuk High School's graphic design club, which is run by Skills Nunavut, opened her eyes to new possibilities.

"Once I got into the course with Skills Nunavut, it showed me there was a whole new career path," she said.  

"I don't know if I'd be specifically doing logos. I might go into illustration which is a different path."

Pinksen relishes her new prize. (submitted by Will Hopkins)

Pinksen plans to start a two-year, pre-university program next year.

After that she wants to go to either Algonquin College or OCAD University, formerly known as the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Another Nunavut competitor, Chidinma Umenwofor, won a bronze prize for public speaking.

With files from Elyse Skura

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