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
- attended an international school, with classes held in several major cities throughout the world
If you have an enquiry or would like to provide feedback on a Youth Speaker: click here
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-Bruyere 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.
Special one-time Centennial Awards
To celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2010, donations by members provided for two $500 Centennial Awards. A choice was made amongst the many outstanding applicants from their graduating or final year of secondary school.
Centennial Award winners were:
- Tori Zavitz
- Jocelyn Wilkins
For more information on any of the Youth Focus programs, please contact any Board member or to contact the Youth Focus Chairperson: click here
Pop Tab Collection
One special project we have underway is the Pop Tab Collection. You can help by saving your pop tabs and bringing them to our meetings. You may leave them on the side table in the lobby or give them to Eleanor Leatham or Vicki Holmes. The tabs will be channeled in the right direction to help purchase a wheelchair for a needy student within the Thames Valley District School Board.