While SEDA is fortunate to receive funding from SaskLotteries, additional financial donations are always welcome. All donations receive a charitable receipt. Donations can be made directly to SEDA or through CanadaHelps.org.

 

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Thank you for choosing to support the young people of Saskatchewan. Your gift will support the growth and achievement of youth across the Province.


Why Debate?  Some of our debaters express what they have learned from being in debate:

"Our school debate club boasts an active membership of approximately 35-40 students who meets on a weekly basis to discuss local and international current events. Students whose age ranges from 10 to 14 collaborate to discuss, discern and deconstruct timely and complex issues. Our Club's motto is: Debate Rocks!"

Greystone Heights Elementary School Debate Club, Saskatoon

 

"At the tournament we learned about dissecting our opponents' case and that we really need to keep up with current events for impromptu rounds."

Caleb H., 2011 Senior Nationals

Halifax, NS.

 

"The lessons that debating as taught us are certainly useful in both our academic and personal lives - the ability to formulate opinions based on fact and logical reasoning is something we are happy to have!"

Catherine G. & Rachel G., 2011 Senior Nationals

Halifax, NS

 

"I used to be so scared, and my legs would shake, but now I am a confident speaker and do not become as nervous. The speaking skills have helped me make strong presentations in front of classmates, parents and even judges for science fair competitions. Speaking abilities are not the only things that debate has helped me with; I have also learned how to make convincing arguments in essays and other forms of writing. It has also helped me be a critical thinking and analyze situations from different perspectives.

Sarah G., 2011 Provincial Debate Championships

Campbell Collegiate, Regina

Recipient of the Melville Comprehensive Award for Top Junior Speaker

 

"[Debate] opens the door to many opportunities I would never get in anything else. Through debate I have learned many valuable lessons that can help me when I am debating and these lessons are also applicable to real life."

Slade H., 2011 Provincials Debate Championships

Campbell Collegiate, Regina

Recipient of the Assiniboia School District #69 Award for Top Intermediate Speaker

 

"Being in debate has taught me [me] about team-work, public speaking, self-confidence, research, and so many other skills."

Dominic O., 2010 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Michael Misanchuk Award of Excellence

 

"One of the things we enjoy as debaters is the opportunity to learn about the world by either trying to justify it or criticize it."

Aaron F., 2009 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Elaine Beamish Memorial Award for Top Rural Team

 

"Debate is a skill that a person uses on a daily basis...The big benefit is that you learn public speaking. You are not shy to discuss, argue, and talk in front of people, while 80% of the people find it hard. Especially, in debate we received a chance to discuss political, environmental, legal, medical, educational, social and international resolutions. We received a chance to study both sides of a resolution. We learned from others and others learned from us.

Gulraiz T., 2009 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Melville District Credit Union Award for Top Intermediate Team

 

"We have found that debate has really enhanced our speaking skills as well as our ability to work as a team."

Sarah G. & Angela L., 2008 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipients of the Byron Merkosky Award for Top Beginner Team

 

"We stumbled upon unknown boundaries, delved into ideas that were once considered to be mediocre and discovered many different shades of white and black. The deeper we delved, the more intrigued we become. After weeks of preparing, we were all too anxious to clash, head-on, with the other teams"

Kehan F. & Gen Z., 2008 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipients of the Michael Misanchuk Award of Excellence

 

"Debate opens our minds on many different levels and helps us in many aspects of our lives. Debate truly has proven to be as great as everyone described it."

Brandyn R. & Madison B., 2008 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipients of the Elaine Beamish Memorial Award for Top Junior Rural Team

 

"Victory or not, debate has taught us many skills that we can use later in life, such as self confidence, research and deduction skills, and information processing as well as how to make an argument. Through debate, we have also have an opportunity to meet great people from all over Saskatchewan."

Alex C. & Aaron F., 2008 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipients of the Melville District Credit Union Award for Top Intermediate Team

 

"Debate has helped me in so many ways like thinking on my feet, having confidence, organizing my thoughts, and how to research. I know these are things that can help me in everything else I do."

Margaret O., 2007 Provincials Debate Championships

Recipient of the Byron Merkosky Award for Top Beginner Team

 

"I like debate because you can learn a lot from it. I learned how to research, and how to prepare for a debate, and it helps for public speaking."

Mariel O. (10 years old), 2007 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Byron Merkosky Award for Top Beginner Team

 

"This year has been a big learning experience for me; I have learned how to speak well and I increased my research skills. I know that I will use these skills later on in my life and I will be extremely glad for them."

Evan Jonathan W., 2007 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Assiniboia School District # 69 Award for Top Intermediate Speaker, the Michael Misanchuk Award of Excellent for the Top Intermediate Saskatoon Team and the Melville District Credit Union Award for Top Intermediate Team

 

"[Debate] is both a passion and a defining characteristic of who I believe I am today. The skills I have learnt in debate continually show how synergistic it is. Be it academics, current affairs, or the decision making process, debate has taken an active role in furthering both my ability and understanding of the world around me. The ideas of critical analysis and synthesis of information is integral in today's continually changing world. Moreover, the skills of persuasively speaking to an audience, and presenting one's own opinion in an articulate persuasive manner are excellent tools to success in life."

"The skills and lessons debate has taught me will remain useful throughout my life, regardless of what route I take"

Vinay Kumar Mysore, 2003 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Leader Post Award for Best Novice Speaker

 

"We believe that the experience of learning to do thorough research, learning to prepare speeches and clashes, and learning how to think on our feet will help us a lot in the future."

Tyne Hagey & Isla Redhead, 2005 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipients of the Melville District Credit Union Award, and the Michael Misanchuk Award for Excellence

 

"In May, I was the Provincial runner-up for the Optimist International Oratorical Contest. I know that debating in tournaments has helped me to improve my speaking skills. Winning this award has helped give me the confidence to embrace other activities in life."

Raquel Fletcher, 2003 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Assiniboia School District #69 Award for Top Junior Speaker

 

"Debate has allowed us to express out views on issues and strengthened our confidence in everything we do. Our debate careers have allowed us the opportunity to meet a variety of fascinating people. Debate has also provided us with the research, organizational and analytical skills which will benefit us for many years to come. Debate has enhanced the quality of our public speaking and has taught usthe benefits associated with working as a team."

Jenna Arnelien & Shannon Landels, 2003 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipients of the Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker Award for Top Novice Team

 

"The techniques I learned through debate will help my public speaking for years to come, which is something that is truly important about debate. Debate has allowed me to meet so many new friends and competent debaters, many of whom I will hold as friends in the future."

Bobby Xiao, 2006 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Shumiatcher Award for Top Open Team

 

"Not only is debate a public speaking enhancer but it is also a confidence booster, a way of broadening one's knowledge base, a place to meet new friends, and a chance to travel."

"Debating is a useful skill in high school, but in the bigger picture, people's lives are affected by debate in Parliament and court rooms daily. It can make the difference between freeing an innocent person and imposing a law that curtails the rights of Canadian citizens. The 'power of the pen' and the 'power of the word' are critical skills to have."

"Debate has provided me a forum to exercise my knowledge of a second language in an environment other than the classroom. Through this activity, I have been able to improve my vocabulary, express my passionate beliefs and think on my feet in French."

Jenna-Lynn Senger, 2006 Provincial Debate Championships

Recipient of the Canadian Parents for French Award for Top French Senior Speaker

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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!

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