Spelling Bee of Canada
- Not to be confused with the Postmedia Canspell National Spelling Bee, or the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The Spelling Bee of Canada is a charitable, educational spelling bee organization founded by Julie Spence in the Greater Toronto Area in 1987. As of 2012 over 46,000 children have participated in the competition.
The SBOC holds an annual spelling competition for children 6–14 years of age. Participants are divided into three age categories: primary, 6–8; junior, 9–11; and intermediate, 12–14. 15+ students will become mentors to participants in their region.
Julie Spence founded SBOC in order to engage parents and children. Spelling bees were popular in Jamaica where she grew up, and she recalls realizing during the competitions "how much [it] brought people together". She is happy with the growth of SBOC but disappointed by the extremely low number of black participants, and she has encountered many black parents who do not want their children to compete. Veronica Taylor, a Barbadian-born mental health counsellor and the president of SBOC's Hamilton chapter, is also concerned about the lack of black participation, saying that black parents are not encouraging their children but letting them decide if they want to compete. Laurel Broten, Ontario's Minister of Education, praised the SBOC for helping children in the primary, junior and intermediate age ranges improve their vocabulary and public speaking. "As Minister of Education, I understand the importance of the work you do to help youth across Ontario enrich their learning and build self-confidence," she said.
The 2014 SBOC finals took place on 11 May 2014 at the Eaton Chelsea in Toronto. The regional competition in April 2014 had 3,000 participants, 84 of whom went on to the finals. The championship title comes with over $10,000 in cash prizes. This year's competition also marks the opening of three new regional chapters; the Aga Khan Education Board, Khlasa School of British Columbia, and the Toronto Community Housing chapter.
Rogers TV Spelling Bee of Canada 28th Championship had its finals on Sunday May 3, 2015 at The Ismaili Centre - Social Hall, 49 Wynford Dr., Toronto. 91 contestants competed in the finals. New additions to this year's regional competitions include; Toronto Bayview and Sheppard's YMCA, British Columbia's IWE Learning Centre and the Cultural Youth Initiative in Edmonton.
Rogers TV Spelling Bee of Canada 29th Championship finals were held on Sunday May 15, 2016 at the Ismaili Centre again. 93 participants from the 31 regional competitions competed in this year's finals. New additions to this year's regional competitions include a First Nation's chapter from Saskatchewan, and a new chapter from British Columbia – showing the increasing popularity in the spelling bee.
List of Winners
|1st place||2nd place||3rd place|
|2004 Junior||Varjitt Jeeva||Keerthana Ravigulan||Samuel Heersink|
|2004 Senior||Dhivian Premakumar||Jeffrey Baer||Kiruthiha Vimalakanthan|
|2005 Junior||Gazal Grewal||Charlie Gray||Katie Martin|
|2005 Senior||Jeffrey Baer||Kiruthiha Vimalakanthan||David Sheps|
|2006 Junior||Katie Martin||Jill O'Craven||Kim Tran Nguyen|
|2006 Senior||Leslie Newcombe||Angus Benderavage||Sarah Bowers|
|2007 Primary||David Chan||Laura Newcombe||Veronica Penny|
|2007 Junior||Katie Martin||Zuhaer Anzum||Maleika Jeewanjee|
|2007 Intermediate||Umayangga Yogalingam||Donald Bowins||Merany Ganesan|
|2008 Intermediate||Caitlin McLaren||Alexander Newcombe||Jessica Zung|
|2009 primary||Zakhar Husak||Zhongtian (Niuniu) Wang||Neharika Nair|
|2009 junior||Daniela Kistemaker||Janahan Selvanayagam||Veronica Penny|
|2009 intermediate||Jessica Zung||Alexander Newcombe||Ibrahim Tahir|
|2010 primary||Zachary Betts||unknown||unknown|
|2010 junior||Veronica Penny||Anna Lawrence||Laura Newcombe|
|2010 intermediate||Ibrahim Tahir||Alexander Newcombe||unknown|
|2011 primary||Maya Sen Chawla||Purva Vyas||Daniel Del Rosso|
|2011 junior||Umaiyahl Nageswaran||unknown||unknown|
|2011 intermediate||Veronica Penny||Emma McLaren||Laura Newcombe|
|2012 intermediate||David Chan||unknown||unknown|
|2013 junior||unknown||unknown||Maya Sen Chawla|
|2013 intermediate||Veronica Penny||Umaiyahl Nageswaran||Kayley Ting|
|2014 primary||Evangeline Bodhuri||unknown||unknown|
|2014 junior||Akshay Thambipillai||Huzafa Hyde||unknown|
|2014 intermediate||Umaiyahl Nageswaran ||J. Borromeo||unknown|
|2015 primary||Prabhgun Suri||Stevon Anton||Sueventha Ketharan|
|2015 junior||Mehar Kaur Sahota||Areez Bhanji||Yousra Lakhani|
|2015 intermediate||Ganathyshan Chelliahpillai||Shulli Jones||Prableen Kaur Sandhu|
|2016 primary||Anushka Yoganathan||Victor Sarca||Kashyap Prasannaa|
|2016 junior||Prabhgun Suri||Mehar Kaur Sahota||Areez Bhanji|
|2016 intermediate||Daniel Song||Maya Sen Chawla||Huzafa Hyde|
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