McLeese Debate encourages  young people across Canada to debate by finding opportunities to teach and engage youth in the art of argument.

 

 

The Founder’s Cup and Awards of Excellence

The top debater from each province and territory, whether participating in French, English, or Bilingual competition, is recognized through this awards.  The Federation acknowledges its continuing commitment to excellence in debating at National Seminar.

Speaker’s Citation

The Speaker’s Citation was named with permission from the Speaker of the House of Commons.  The trophy consists of a soapstone carving donated by the Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker Centre in Saskatoon, to commemorate that famous parliamentarian. The award is presented to the student who makes the greatest contribution to the Model Parliament.

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The Weedon Award

The Weedon Award, first presented in 1970, was named after Basil Weedon, one of several parents at Trinity College School who was responsible for the creation of the National Seminar.  The trophy is unique and consists of miniature metal figures mounted on a base of petrified wood.  It is awarded annually to the top English language debater.

McLeese Debate provides the CSDF with funds to support programs That promote the development of debate in Canada.

 

The McLeese Opportunities fund has been active in promoting debate nation-wide. Some of the projects undertaken by member associations in the past include the development and hosting of a debating workshop on Prince Edward Island, website development, video production for debate promotion in several provinces, debate camps, a provincial speech tournament in Saskatchewan, and a program to develop debate coaching in the Thunder Bay area.

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The 2016 National Seminar was held in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia from October 26th – 31st, 2016.

 

The theme for this year’s Seminar was Immigration & Emigration: Then & Now. Nova Scotia has long been the point of entry for immigrants to Canada. We also have a long history of emigration both forced, as with the expulsion of the Acadians, and economic, as is the case currently with young people leaving the province for financial reasons. At this year’s Seminar, we explored issues such as refugees, the impact of colonialism on our Native peoples, migrant workers and international students.

 

 

The Canadian Student Debating Federation is the umbrella organization for student debate at the high school level in Canada. We sponsor the annual National Student Debating Seminar, promote debate throughout the country, and tie the various provincial debate organizations together in a national community.

 
 

WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME THINKING ABOUT THE WAYS BOYS LEARN AND GROW. THIS UNDERSTANDING SHAPES EVERYTHING WE DO — IN THE CLASSROOM, ON OUR PLAYING FIELDS AND IN THE COMMUNITY.

 

It’s a constant challenge to focus the energy and enthusiasm of boys, but it’s crucial, because we have great expectations for them. We want them to develop in mind, body and spirit, so that they become men of conscience, courage and compassion — men who will make a difference.