TORONTO, ON (April 21, 2019) -- Nearly one hundred and forty young spellers, aged 6 to 15, from across Canada are heading to the Greater Toronto Area to compete in the Spelling Bee of Canada (SBOC) and Épelle-Moi Championship Bees on Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Richmond Hill. Competitors like 11-year old William Kaysaywaysematt III, the first-place winner of the Saskatchewan First Nations Junior Division, have their sights set on being crowned a National Champion at the Spelling Bee.

Featured in the 2017 Hot Docs opening night documentary, “Bee Nation”, Kaysaywaysematt III, a Grade 6 student at Chief Kahkewistahaw Community School, is attending the Championship Bee for his second time. When he was just 8 years old, he won the Primary Division Regional title and had the honour of representing his community in Toronto.

“The spelling bee experience has been life changing for so many of our young participants,” says Dr. Nagina Parmar, President of Spelling Bee of Canada (SBOC). “Not only have they developed competence and a sense of community, but we witness their growing confidence and self-esteem as they move through the preparation and competition.”

Regional competitions held in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia during March and April included over 4000 English and French spelling bee participants in three age divisions: Primary (ages 6-8), Junior (ages 9-11), and Intermediate (ages 12-14). Thanks to the support of community sponsors, Smuckers and Book Depot, winners from the Regional competitions will travel to compete in the SBOC/Épelle-Moi Championship Bees at Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel and Suites, located at 600 Hwy 7, in Richmond Hill, ON, on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

About SBOC

In its 32nd year, SBOC has welcomed over 50,000 children as spelling bee participants. SBOC, a not-for-profit grassroots organization, was established in the greater Toronto area in 1987 and led to the development of an Ontario Spelling Bee. Since then, SBOC has been promoting children and youth literacy with the mission to enrich the children and youth learning experience and engage schools and the community at large in an annual education process.

Long-term, SBOC plans on establishing chapters in each province and territory in order to create a National Spelling Bee, providing access to English and French language learning through their proprietary online platforms and ultimately engaging approximately one million participants across Canada.

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