Take the lead public speaking contest to award full-year scholarship

November 1, 2012

London, ON –On Saturday, November 10th, women from diverse backgrounds across Ontario will compete for a one-year full academic scholarship to Brescia University College. The day-long event will be held at Brescia.

The Take the Lead public speaking contest welcomes females in Grades 11 or 12 to participate in the one-of-a-kind contest, which is held annually and is hosted in partnership with The Institute for Women in Leadership (iWIL). The annual contest currently celebrating its fifth year provides young women with an opportunity to develop their leadership potential.

Last year’s winner, Yasmeen Ibrahim, explains, “This competition helped me to understand what it truly means to be a leader. It has opened my eyes to the type of students that Brescia attracts: passionate; open-minded; and empowered.”

Contestants will speak about “women who inspire leadership.” The panel of judges will be composed of leaders in local education, communications, and members of the Brescia community.

Brescia Principal Dr. Colleen Hanycz says, “Take the Lead gives these confident young women an opportunity to define leadership in their own words. In doing so, they become excellent examples of Brescia’s focus on choosing leadership. They identify something around them that speaks either to the existence of or need for good leadership and they shine light upon that situation. In our view, that is a strong step towards assuming their own leadership.”

Brescia offers countless leadership initiatives such as Take the Lead to bring women together to celebrate success, empowerment, and strength in the hope of making a difference in this world.

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For more information please contact Colleen Aguilar, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer, at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280 orcolleen.aguilar@uwo.ca.

Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,275 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room athttp://www.brescia.uwo.ca/media/index.html