The second public speaking contest that brought together six Gavel clubs in the GTA including Brampton, Junior Masters, Malton Community Building Project, Mississauga, Northern and The Voice Gavel Clubs, was held Saturday May 13, 2017 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, Counsellor for the Brampton Gavel Club, Amparo Cifuentes, Founder & Counsellor for for the Junior Masters Gavel Club at Loblaw and Karina Peterson, Contest Organizer and Coordinator for the Junior Masters 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,” Mrs. Peterson said.
The event also featured keynote speaker Kwesi Millington, Winner of Toastmasters District 86 Evaluation Contest (2017) and Certified World Class Speaking Coach, 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.
Grades 5-8 Inspirational Speech Contest, from left to right:
Contest Chief Judge, Mallika Sothinathan; 3rd Place Winner, Simran Dhal; 2nd Place Winner, Lina Siddiqi; 1st Place Winner, Onizish Shahbaz; Toastmasters District 86 Club Growth Director, Glynnis D’Souza; Master of Ceremonies, Karina Peterson.
Grades 9-12 Inspirational Speech Contest, from left to right:
Contest Chief Judge, Mallika Sothinathan; 1st Place Winner, Raniya Siddiqi; 2nd Place Winner, Eddy Ji; 3rd Place Winner, Nitin Alagu; Toastmasters District 86 Club Growth Director, Glynnis D’Souza; Master of Ceremonies, Karina Peterson.
Evaluation Contest, from left to right:
Master of Ceremonies, Karina Peterson; Contest Chair, Anirudh Moolya; 3rd Place Winner, Jaleelah Amaar; 2nd Place Winner, Somesh Karthi; 1st Place Winner, Areez Bhanji; Contest Chair, Zaynah Bhanji; Toastmasters District 86 Public Relations Manager & Contest Chief Judge, Dennis Bartel.