New technology and new board mark the organization's 32nd year

TORONTO, ON (March 5, 2019)--Spelling Bee of Canada/Épelle-Moi Canada’s Regional Competitions across Canada began on Saturday, March 2, and continue through Sunday, April 7, 2019.  Over 4000 English and French spelling bee participants in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia will be competing for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place titles in three age divisions: Primary (ages 6-8), Junior (ages 9-11), and Intermediate (ages 12-14). Each first place Regional winner advances to the Canadian Championships, to be held in Richmond Hill, ON, on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

“With such strong participation again this year, the message is clear - spelling bees are good for our kids, youth and our communities,” says Dr. Nagina Parmar, President of Spelling Bee of Canada (SBOC). “With the support of parents, Chapter Presidents and volunteers, we’re encouraging young people to expand their vocabulary, communication skills and self-confidence by providing a foundation for future scholastic achievements through our theme of ‘Education + Perseverance = Success’.”

Incorporating technology to better meet the changing needs of participants and their families, is one of SBOC’s modernizations. Over the past months, bee participants have been preparing for the challenging words they will encounter by using SBOC’s web-based coaching app to practice anytime, anywhere, on any web-enabled device. This is just one of the many advancements the new board members are advocating.

“We’re thrilled to have passionate new board members join us this year. Coming from spelling bee backgrounds, they’re adding new perspectives, sharing their expertise and are dedicated to helping us reach our goals,” says Julie Spence, SBOC’s CEO and Founder. “As a registered charity, we depend on like-minded businesses, organizations and individuals to contribute time, materials, service and/or funds to make our spelling bees and educational programs possible.”

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.

SBOC Board of Directors 2019-2022

CEO & Founder  | Julie Spence 
President | Dr. Nagina Parmar
Vice President | Hammad Khan 
Outreach & Liaison | Carolyn Moras
Treasurer | Barbara Peters

Executive Secretary | Kaydian Richards 
Youth Director  | Kiruthiha Vimalakanthan
Director of Marketing & Media | Saira Khan
Advisory Committee | Yvonne Castello
IT Director | Adam M. Shariff

Regional Competition Schedule

Date (2019)

Regional Competition Locations (s)


Sat., March 2

Saskatoon SK

York Region ON - Épelle-Moi

Windsor ON - Épelle-Moi

Sun., March 3

Prescott-Russell ON - Épelle-Moi

Kent Region ON - Épelle-Moi

Sat./Sun., March 9 & 10

Surrey BC


Sun., March 17

Wood Buffalo Area AB

Markham and Unionville ON

Sat., March 23

Danforth and Beaches ON

Halton-Peel - Épelle-Moi

Maple/Woodbridge ON

Orleans ON- Épelle-Moi

Sun., March 24

Cambridge and Area - Épelle-Moi


Thurs., March 28

Central North York ON


Sat., March 30

Dartmouth, NS - Épelle-Moi

Kingston ON

Kitchener Waterloo ON

London ON

Oakville, Richmond Hill and Thornhill ON

Scarborough South ON

Vanier ON - Épelle-Moi

Sun., March 31

North York East ON

Niagara Region ON - Épelle-Moi

Etobicoke and North York West ON

Thurs., April 4

Scarborough ON


Sat., April 6

Edmonton AB

Gatineau QC - Épelle-Moi

Ajax-Pickering ON

Brampton ON

Durham ON - Épelle-Moi

Hamilton Wentworth ON

Mississauga ON

Niagara Falls Area ON

Oshawa and Whitby ON

Ottawa/Carleton ON

Scarborough North ON

Toronto ON - Épelle-Moi

Windsor ON

Sun., April 7

Winnipeg and Area MN

Burlington and Milton ON

East York and Toronto East ON

Family of Churches ON

Mississauga ON

Simcoe County ON - Épelle-Moi

Sudbury  ON

Sun., May 5

Championships /

 in Richmond Hill ON

Championnat National Épelle-Moi Canada in Richmond Hill ON


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