Alumni and Volunteers
Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association
Are you a former Debater?
Being part of the SEDA Alumni means you are supporting the debate community in Saskatchewan. The simplest way to support the community is to fill out the survey below. Just by answering some questions for us, SEDA can gather important demographics that we use when requesting grants, building partnerships, advocating for debate, and inspiring youth! If you know someone who is a past debater, please send them this newsletter and encourage them to support us. If you have benefited from SEDA please consider giving back in some way so others can enjoy similar opportunities!
If you are interested in any of these opportunities please email email@example.com with the subject "volunteering" and tell us about yourself!
Coaches Intensive Workshop with Jason Xiao
The current coach of the Canadian World's Debate Team, Jason Xiao, is offering a workshop on August 17th at the University of Saskatchewan for ANY debate coaches in the province looking to learn more about coaching. Sessions will focus on teaching complex skills and managing competitive teams along with a variety of other subjects. Learn more HERE!
Jason Xiao began debating in elementary school in Saskatoon. He competed as a member of Team Canada in 2014 travelling to places including Germany, Singapore, and the Czech Republic. At the 2015 World Schools Debating Championship, he placed 5th as an individual and reached the finals with Team Canada. Jason was a member of the UBC Debate Society and is a current member of the Oxford Union Debating Society. He was a semi-finalist at the World Universities Debating Championships 2018. Jason is currently studying law at Oxford.
“My favorite thing about debate is the amount of learning you can have through debate. When done well and at high levels, debate is a condensed form of academia that rewards people for stepping out of their comfort zones and actually engaging with alternative viewpoints. There is nothing better for creating a critical and sharp mind.”
There is no fee but you must register by August 12th.
Don't forget about camp!
Saskatoon's annual debate camp is open to all students in grades 5-12 who are wanting to learn all about speech and debate in a friendly and engaging learning environment. To learn more, visit our website. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Billet' in the subject line.
Spotlight is your opportunity to meet debators and volunteers. This week, Voice is featuring Muhammad Usman Ahmed interviewed by Mahrukh Hassan.
The message he wants to give to young and upcoming debaters is that “Debaters are nice people, debate coaches are nice. It really doesn't matter if you win or lose. The skills you learn will stay with you for the rest of your life. If you're a young debater and you're nervous about debate. know it's hard. but it's a fun thing to do. This is a safe place to say what you think.”
In the near future, he will be doing a Computer Science degree at the University of Saskatchewan and will be working with SEDA this summer.
-Mahrukh Hassan, Intermediate Debater