SEDA's Objective is to Promote the Speech and Debate Arts in Saskatchewan.


Guiding Principles

In June 2012, the SEDA Board drafted a Mission Statement with five guiding Principles:


Lifelong learning

SEDA's primary goal is to develop positive debate skills in all Saskatchewan elementary and high school students for effective life long learning

Positive Debate skills - real world vs. specific - critical thinking and ability to follow ideas

Facilitating broad-based participation and skill development in debate and speech activities

Coordination where school structures exist and support where no other structure is present

Grassroots organizations using debate and speech as a tool to build character, citizenship and leadership

To increase participation at SEDA events/activities from rural and urban schools

To foster excellence in debate and to provide ample opportunity to engage Saskatchewan youth on critical issues


Community - We are ALL SEDA

Create a sense of community of debate stakeholders (debaters, coaches, volunteers, alumni, parents) who are committed towards best practice

Generate interest in debate in new or struggling programs (mentorship)

Sense of community - To increase our ties with and visibility in schools, universities and communities

Real life connections - using debate in community activities

Access expert info and engage the community

Respect cultural, religious, regional, and all other differences

Highlight social aspect and good sportsmanship



Advocacy for advocacy - encouraging recognition and acceptance of importance of debate and speech activity

Make debate a more accepted activity

Work towards growth every year



Quality run tournaments / activities, attention to time, details

SEDA as an organization running things with excellence - Higher standard of debate



Adopt a transparent Board of Directors, judging, funding policy to prevent future conflict/backlash

Clear and decisive decision-making with every decision we make

Our Sponsors

Saskatchewan Lotteries Sask Culture Canadian Student Debating Federation Law Foundation of Saskatchewan

News & Upcoming Events

  • Changes to the Board


    The October AGM saw a number of changes to the board we'd like to acknowledge. We are pleased with the strong turn-out this year. We had a number of parents and coaches present as well as most clubs represented. With the regular turn-over in board member terms, we would like to welcome Melissa Gerlach and Paula Dvernichuk as new members to the board. Of course these psotions mark the end of terms of other members. So, we'd also like to acknowledge the following retiring board members:


    Kara Helmes - Kara has been a long history with SEDA. A member of the board for over 10 years, she has committed to coaching and supporting SEDA. A former debater, president and past president (two terms), she helped SEDA navigate some turbulent waters in recent years. We thank Kara for her commitment and leadership.


    Sarah Myers - Sarah, a recent addition to the board, has spent her free time supporting elementary debate and coaching. As a highly respected member of the board, her contributions are valued. We are grateful to Sarah for her contributions to SEDA.


    Dylan Hardy - A former debater, Dylan is passionate about debate. He has committed his time to the advancement of debate and debaters in the province as a coach, mentor, judge and board member. Although his long commitment to the board is coming to an end, Dylan's impact on the debate community will remain.


    Matt Schmeisser - Also a former debater, Matt has dedicated hours debating, coaching and actively participating on the board. Matt has volunteered his time and energy and influence many young debaters and many have noted the feedback he provides. Wherever his career takes him, debate will remain an important part of Matt's life. SEDA is grateful to Matt and wishes him the best in his endeavors.

  • Your Canada - Your Constitution

    Thank you YCYC for sponsoring 2016 National Debate!