BRAMPTON, ON, May 16th, 2016
The first public speaking contest that brought together all existing Gavel clubs in Brampton and Mississauga was held Sunday at the head office of Loblaw Companies Limited, to showcase the public speaking talents of the young members in the clubs.
Three groups of six students each competed for first, second and third place awards; two groups participated in a “Inspirational Speech Contest” for Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12 categories, and one group competed in a “Speech Evaluation Contest”.
Ryan Belluz, coordinator for the Brampton Gavel Club, Amparo Cifuentes, coordinator for the Junior Masters Gavel Club at Loblaw and Annie Bai, coordinator for the Mississauga Gavel Club, said the students did a great job showcasing the public speaking and critical thinking skills they are developing in their clubs, where members follow the Toastmasters International educational program.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the kids to continue building their confidence and speak about topics they are passionate about,” Amparo said.
The event also featured keynote speaker Neil Dunsmore, Winner of Toastmasters District 86 Humorous Speech Contest (2011) & Evaluation Contest (2015), and counted with the support of many dignitaries and volunteers from the District. Youth Gavel clubs provide the Toastmasters experience to students under 18. Meetings are typically held weekly, and the clubs operate in the same way adult Toastmasters clubs do. Members follow similar Toastmasters club protocols, use club officer titles and education manuals, but members are called “Gaveliers”. Participants increase their self-confidence as they become better speakers and leaders.
Evaluation Contest, from left to right: Gaveliers Kayla Vitor and Vanessa Nguyen, Contest Chairs; 1st Place Winner, Shane Sun; 2nd Place Winner, Somesh Karthi; 3rd Place Winner, Eddy Ji
Grades 9-12 Inspirational Speech Contest, from left to right: Gaveliers Neha Singh, Contest Chair; 1st Place Winner, Lily Liu; 2nd Place Winner, Roaa Shahbaz; 3rd Place Winner, Hannah Tang;
Contest Chair, Joseph Wu.
Grades 5-8 Inspirational Speech Contest, from left to right: Gaveliers Joseph Wu, Contest Chair; 3rd Place Winner, Sarthak Das; 2nd Place Winner, Zaynah Bhanji; 1st Place Winner, Nathan
Nambiar; Contest Chair, Neha Singh.