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Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association

The Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association is a non-profit organization that helps children and youth be effective communicators, deep thinkers, and engaged community members.

The Importance of Donation

"Charities are a key part of our society and our economy. They are integral to our conception of what being Canadian means. They provide opportunities for personal growth and community engagement; they offer established and regulated ways to fulfill our philanthropic goals; and they employ a significant proportion of the population. Although the money charities use to fulfill their missions comes from many sources – including government, business, and the sale of goods and services – almost all organizations rely to some extent on donations from individual Canadians."

-From the 30 Years of Giving in Canada report by Rideau Hall Foundation

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Students attending SEDA Debate Camp - August 2018

Gifts are Good

"To give away money is an easy matter and in any man's power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man's power nor an easy matter"


When you are 45, the gifts you receive multiply in significance and value.

45 years ago, on June 28, 1974, the Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association (SEDA) was incorporated under the provisions of The Societies Act of Saskatchewan. The applicants and first directors were Regina teachers – Randy Babich, Joan Ball, Bill Hynd, Alice Henderson and Al Dixon – who saw the value of speech and debate and the importance of promoting and coordinating coordinating debating and speech arts in Saskatchewan.

45 years later in 2019, it is even more crucial that young people learn to be effective oral communicators and leaders who can think deeply and critically. Words are powerful – it matters that we are learning together how to use them wisely and skillfully.

For SEDA to continue its work and fulfill its mandate – WE NEED YOUR HELP.

While we are grateful for the funding we receive from Sask Lotteries through SaskCulture, other sources of funding are much needed to allow us to continue to do the work of engaging and equipping students. The SEDA Board has already raised membership fees for 2019-2020 and cut grants and programs in an attempt to balance our budget.

As a way of giving back and giving forward – would you consider a gift to SEDA today?

You can give by clicking the DONATE button below

Thank you for your support and partnership!

Melissa Ong

SEDA Executive DIrector


Thank You

Canada Helps

SEDA uses Canada Helps, a non-profit that facilities donations for many Canadian charities and non-profits. They accept credit cards so you can donate with the click of a button! You can create a profile with Canada Helps which will allow you to set up monthly donations, save your credit card info for future donations, and choose how you would like to receive your tax receipts. However, an account is not required to donate and you can still receive a tax receipt without an account! Our donate button below will direct you to our Words Are Powerful campaign page on the Canada Helps website.

Don't forget about Saskatoon's annual debate camp! Check out our website for more details or register below. Registration is open from May 6th until August 2nd. The standard price for camp is $200 per student.

If you reside outside of Saskatoon, please apply and SEDA will try to arrange billets for you in the city.

If you are willing to be a billet for an out-of-town camper, please email info@saskdebate.com with 'Billet' in the subject line.


Spotlight is your opportunity to meet debators. This week, Voice is featuring Chan Min interviewed by Bryn Hengen

I (an extremely accomplished journalist with a degree) recently interviewed this man and have come up with some exclusive, insider information about this debater. He’s been debating since middle school, and said he was inspired to join debate with his friends after seeing others do it. He has just graduated from high school but he already has a fairly impressive resume. He considers one of his biggest accomplishments to be winning first place in the latest provincial debate tournament (2019).

Chan-min’s favourite side to debate is proposition. He feels that it “really allows you to take control of the debate”. When asked about his debate superhero, he said he didn’t have one (maybe because he is his own debate superhero?). His advice to new debaters is to get involved and don’t hold yourself back. He has the first-hand experience of gains from taking those risks. In his words: “Go for it. Really get out there. Get to the tournaments.”

Chan-min is going to be headed to the University of Toronto in the fall to study political science. We wish him all the best!

-Bryn Hengen (Casswell, Grade 7)

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