What is Youth Focus?

Youth Focus provides young people in the community with an opportunity to get involved in various programs and speaking events.

Youth Speakers:

In a tradition started in 1990 as part of our 90th anniversary celebration, we reserve 7 to 10 minutes on our agenda most months, to provide an opportunity for a young person to speak to our audience.

We encourage a variety of speakers, both male and female. Youth who have an exciting or inspirational personal story to tell, are invited to present to our members—over 700 currently—at Centennial Hall. Like our members, these young people are from the greater London area (including, for example, St. Thomas, Dutton, Strathroy). They vary in age from 5th graders to university students, who inspire us to realize that Canada has a bright future with this upcoming generation. We welcome recommendations from our members as to possible speakers.

Recent speakers include youth who:

  • completed a cross-Canada tour on the Peacebus, sponsored by Children’s International Summer Villages,

  • sang with the Amabile Choir for 5 years, highlighted by a gold medal performance in a choral competition in Greece,

  • travelled to Thailand to be a television reporter at the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament,

  • swam courageously across Lake Ontario, raising funds to send a young boy with cancer, to Disney World, and

  • attended an international school, with classes held in several major cities throughout the world.

Contact us below if you have an inquiry or would like to provide feedback on a youth speaker:

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Emerging Leaders Awards

Women’s Canadian Club, London has established the Emerging Leaders Awards to encourage leadership skills in grades 10-11 students. Applications are available through the student services department at the local secondary schools, beginning in February each year.

From the applicants at each school, the awards committee will choose one student as the most worthy at his or her school. Based on enrollment, there are three awards of $250 for students in the Thames Valley District School Board and one award of $250 for the students in the London District Catholic School Board or the French schools: E.S. Gabriel-Dumont, E.S.C. Monseigneur-Bruyère and E.S.C. Notre Dame. Consult with the student services department for the deadline at each school.

Kiwanis Music Festival Scholarship

In memory of Kathryn Sells, a long-time pianist at our monthly meetings, we provide an annual award of $500, to the top pianist at the Kiwanis Music Festival. In November, the winners are invited to tell us about their own musical experience and about their favourite composer. We especially look forward to hearing them play a piece for us.

Recent winners include:

  • Alexa Vremar
  • Lili Ahopelto
  • Joanna Gorska

By entering several senior piano classes in the London Kiwanis Music Festival, candidates are eligible for consideration for all music festival piano awards and scholarships, as recommended by the festival adjudicators. Awards are presented to competitors who, in the opinion of the adjudicators, show the most potential for future musical development. Awards are not necessarily awarded to class winners.

Past Youth Speakers

India and Clark are 16 years old, and have been raising money to send kids from child-headed households to school in Malawi through an organization called “Turn The Tide” …since they were 10 years old! Through spaghetti dinners, bake sales, craft markets and other events, to date they have raised at least $40.000. The funds raised have provided money for [...]

Youth Speaker: Nourhan Ali

February 13 @ 2:00 pm

Nourhan Ali is a grade 12 student at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School. She is a 17 year old teenage girl with a passion to have a positive impact on the community around her. Some of her accomplishments include: a positive messages movement at her school, asking for recycling bins on 1481 Limberlost Road and advocating the importance of recycling [...]

Youth Speaker: Dylan Baker

January 9 @ 2:00 pm

Dylan Baker is a sports-minded 13 year-old with a big voice. He plays baseball in the summer and is captain of the London Tecumsehs baseball club bantam team. His interest in sports led him to host his own baseball podcast, along with his dad, and he does Facebook broadcasts for the London Majors. In the winter months, Dylan is the [...]

Youth Speaker: Nicholas Busch

November 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Nicholas Busch has completed a Bachelor of Music Honors in Performance degree from Western University while studying with Tina Yanchus and is currently working on his Masters of Music degree specializing in Collaborative Piano with Dr. John Hess. He has been working as a freelance pianist, band director and accompanist in the Windsor-London area for the last 7 years. His [...]

Youth Speakers: Emerging Leaders Award

October 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

The Women’s Canadian Club, London first established our yearly Emerging Leaders Award for Grade 10 and 11 students in 2015. We are pleased to  offer this award to four students whose activities demonstrate leadership in both school and community. The students are  chosen by the Civic section of the Student Services Dept. of their respective Boards. This year we are [...]


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