Club Programs


The Optimist Club of Oakville has many annual programs we run for youth in our community. Many of these are programs that are run by most Optimist Clubs internationally and some are unique to our club. These include:

  • Essay Contest 
  • Oratorical Contest
  • Youth Appreciation
  • Respect for Law
  • Junior Optimist Club (JOI)

Below there is a brief description of each of these annual programs with a link to a page for more detailed information.

Essay Contest

We sponsor an annual Essay Contest for students. The topic is announced in September and will be posted here and on Facebook, along with a link to rules. Winners at the club level receive cash prizes for first, second and third prize. The winning essay from the club contest will be entered in the District level contest where a scholarship will be awarded. Learn more about the Essay Contest.

Oratorical Contest

We also sponsor an annual Oratorical Contest for students. The topic for next year's contest will be announced in September and will be posted here and on Facebook with a link to the rules. This competition begins at the Club Level and winners can compete at the Zone, District, Region and ultimately International. The ultimate winner will have accumulated $22,500 in prizes and scholarships. Read more about the Oratorical Competition.

Youth Appreciation

Each year, the Optimist Club recognizes youth from Oakville high schools for their efforts and accomplishments as role models in our community. Read more about our Youth Appreciation Program.

Respect for Law

The annual Respect for Law is another of the common programs run by Optimist Clubs worldwide. Each year we ask the Halton Regional Police to nominate two individuals for recognition of the service they provide to the community. Learn more about Respect for Law.

Junior Optimist Club (JOI)

The Optimist Club of Oakville mentors, advises and supports a Junior Optimist Club (JOI) who also meet twice a month during the school year. Members are high school students from Oakville and surrounding area, and they elect their own Executive and Board. There is also a District and International JOI Board. Students earn their required volunteer hours for school and so much more! Read more about JOI.