Annual Oratorical Contest


The Optimist Club of Oakville is pleased to host an annual Oratorical Contest. It provides youth with the opportunity to express themselves and gain confidence in their abilities to express themselves and has been a focus for the Optimist Club of Oakville since its inception. Optimist Clubs have hosted Oratorical Contests since 1928. Starting in 2016, Optimist International has partnered with St. Louis University to conduct the Optimist Oratorical World Championships, which gives students the opportunity to receive further scholarships. Competition begins at the local Optimist Club level, and continues through the Zone, District, Regional, and finally International levels, with cash prizes and scholarships awarded at most levels. The winner of the International Competition will accumulate scholarships totalling $22,500.00!

The Optimist Club of Oakville invites students to participate in its 2017-2018 Oratorical Contest, which will be held on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018.  The topic for the 2017-18 Oratorical Contest will be: Where are my Roots of Optimism? The 2017-18 Oratorical Contest Rules and Oratorical Application Form are available. Entrants must be under 18 years of age (as of October 1, 2017) and have not yet graduated from high school.

Please note that the completed application must be sent or delivered to the address shown below, together with a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or passport, and received by the deadline for entries, Friday March 23rd, 2018.  An acknowledgement and confirmation of entry will be emailed on receipt of the application. As the first level of the Oratorical competition, speeches will be presented at the Oakville Optimist Club, at the Halton Safety Village, downstairs on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm. 

Any questions may be directed to the Contest Chair, Cathy DiMichele.

Phone:       905- 278-5166  


Address:    272 Mineola Road E., Mississauga, ON, L5G 2G3

Oratorical Contest 2016-17
Competitors and Winners

Thank you to the participants, their families, our judges, club members who came out to support the contestants, and most of all our Oratorical Chair, Cathy DiMichele. Above is a photo of the seven contestants with Cathy. Congratulations to all of you for an excellent competition. 


Our first place winner was Aarye Chandra. Congratulations Aarye! He is pictured above with Oratorical Chair Cathy DiMichele at our Club Oratorical. He received a medallion, certificate and a cheque for $500. He also won the Central Ontario Oratorical and placed Third in the Northeast Great Lakes Region of Optimist International at the International Oratorical Competition in St. Louis, Missouri.


                         Our second place winner of our Club Oratorical                                          Our third place winner is Diya Ahmad. 
                         Contest last night was Andrei Adam. Congratulations                                 Congratulations, Diya! Diya received a
                         Andrei! Adam received a medallion, certificate and                                     medallion, certificate & cheque for $150.
                         a cheque for $350.

Check out this short video about her experience with the Oratorical Competition from the winner of the Second Annual International Oratorical Contest. In total she has won over $22,000 in scholarships. Congratulations!