The annual Agnes Macphail Public Speaking Contest is taking place tomorrow, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in the True Davidson Council Chambers of the East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
Westwood Middle School
As they have for the past three years, on Remembrance Day, the students at Westwood Middle School in East York will read aloud the names of soldiers who attended the school in the past and who died in the Canadian armed forces. And while Principal Marc Sprack reminds the students of the need for peace in the world, he recognizes the opposite still exists. “Peace is part of war,” he said. “(But) we can’t just talk about peace without offering the dichotomy.”
For Eden Bridge-Cook winning at public speaking was only a part of the objective. “I’m very passionate about animals,” she said, “so I was happy to share (my views) with everybody.” Eden, a Grade 6 student at Westwood Middle School, in East York, won the 2015 Agnes Macphail Award for her speech on factory farming at the 18th edition of the contest.
As veterans’ names were read, the roar of military planes flying past was heard and felt throughout the school. It was enough to move some to tears at last year’s Remembrance Day ceremony at Westwood Middle School on Carlaw Avenue.