Every year local chapters, regions and national areas hold Effective Speaking Competitions to help people train and gain experience in public speaking. This is a deep tradition in Brantford and was held once again by the JCI Brantford Chapter on Thursday, April 20, 2016.
The winner of the JCI Brantford competition goes on to represent the local chapter at the competition held at the JCI Regional Conference. The winner of that goes on to the National level, and then potentially moves onto the America's and eventually the World competition. By putting yourself forward, the payoff in training and experience is unmeasurable.
This year, the Chapter was hosted by the owners of BRELU Restaurant at 153 West St, Brantford who provided us with space and delicious refreshments for the evening. Thank you for your generosity and I hope this partnership with our organizations is long lived.
Two competitors, Joshua Wall and Aaron DeMille, prepared a 5 to 7 min speech on a pre-determined theme of “Leading by Example”. Their second speech is considered “impromptu” where the theme of “If you had to choose anyone in history to have lunch with, with whom would it be and why” was not told to them until just before they spoke. They were given 1 minute to prepare a 2 to 4 minute speech to deliver.
Our elite panel of judges had their work cut out for them. Current JCI Brantford member Jeremy Voss has participated in the JCI National Speaking Training and completed at the local level. JCI Brantford Alumni John Murnaghan, a member from 1991 to 2012 represented our region at the national level with his effective speaking. JCI Brantford Alumni Doug Summerhayes (Order of Canada and Co-Founder of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada) had represented JCI Brantford at the provincial level in the late 1950’s.
After a wonderful night of speeches, the 2016 JCI Brantford Effective Speaking Champion and the person representing the local chapter at Regionals this year is Aaron DeMille. CONGRATULATIONS! Both Joshua and Aaron spoke passionately and eloquently and are excellent examples of how our chapter of young active citizens is striving to BE BETTER.