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  • cours - matière potentielle : cross - examination debate
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28 Drawing the Line in the Sand: Re-grounding the Theory and Practice of Topicality Debate Audra R. Diers, Ph.D., Marist College Abstract Topicality is often one of the most frustrating positions run in NFA LD— regardless of whether it is topicality, effects topicality, or extra topicality because there is a substantial variance in the approach, structure, and theoretical grounding of the positions. From both a communication scholar and debate theorist's perspective, many of the emergent trends are disturbing because: (a) they are pervasive; (b) they move away from good argumentation theory; (c) they make the position less appealing
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  • topicality
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  • definitions
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About Footsteps to Success 2 Trips 3 Focus on Youth Staff Reflection 4 Photos 6 Next Steps 7 Special Thanks 8
Another Successful year of Footsteps to Success!
Footsteps to Success is a 6-week summer initiative in 2 Priority Schools
This summer we celebrated our second consecutive year of the Footste to Success camp welcoming over 300 students aged 10-15 to Blessed Mother Teresa C.S.S. and Father Henry Carr C.S.S. The Footsteps to Success Summer Camp was established in 2010 to facilitate the engagement of stakeholde in priority neighbourhoods. This includ the involvement of community residents advocates and agencies in order to buil a network of support that willprovide services to youth. Eachyear the process includes several months of coordinated planning. This year was no different, a onJuly4th2011wewelcomendewandreturning campers for the first day. Our goal is to provide quality yout services and programs for students agse 10-15 years old. As advocates for you we strive for the best ways to keep ou campers occupied during thesix weeks of summer. This means working with
partners likeMalvern Family Resource Centre,CommunityMicroskills,Nia Centre for the Arts, Toronto Communit Housing Corporation, Toronto Basketball AssociationandMotion Basketballto provide quality youth services in art,s leadership and sports. The campers were equipped with new skills and experienc they may not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy. We are proud to say we welcomed many guest speakers and community organizations throughout the six weeks. Our weekly agenda included servin breakfast every morning to get the campers energized and ready for their day. Once a week we went on a field tr to exciting places like the Ontario Science Centre, Canada’s Wonderland, Royal Ontario Museum, Centre Island, University of TorontoVarsity Sports Centre, and other weekly trips to local parks and librarie .s Every day was a fu-nfilled experience and we could not have accomplished this amazingand successful summer without the help of our community partners!
7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens This year we used the 7 habits to guide our weekly activities 1.Be ProactiveTake initiative in life by realizing that your decisions are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences that follow. 2. Begin with the End in Mind Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life. 3. Put First Things First Plan, prioritize, and execute your week's tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluate if your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you towards goals, and enrich your roles and relationships. 4. Think Win-WinGenuinely strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Valuing and respecting people by understanding a "win" for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten their way.
Arts Campers at Blessed Mother Teresa taking part in an African Drum ABOUT FOOTSTEPS TO SUCCESS
Youth have the opportunity to participate in visual and dramatic arts. Thereisalsopoetry,musicandlctural dancing components through partnerships with community groups li Soca-size, who combine Soca dancing and exercise. Also, Nia Centre for the Arts, taught poetry and held photography workshops.
This year we partnered withthe Toronto Basketball Association, Motion Basketball and Toronto Community Housing for a sports filled summer. Every Thursday our sports camp attended Rookie Ball at Stan Wadlow Park for competitions against other sports camps.
LEADERSHIP L eadership is the perfect option for campers aged 13-15. Youth are able to earn volunteer hours with Footsteps to S uccess through community agencies like Malvern Family R esource Centre and Community Microskills. Volunteer
opportunities range from reading to seniors to helping Focus on Youth leaders lead the campers. Our community agencies were able to provide full time staff to serve as support, mentoring youth in classroom discussions and activities. By the end of the summer the campers put together a talent show which they produced, directed and performed.
Sports Campers enjoying a game of basketball
Leadership Campers doing a group listening exercise
5. Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood Use empathetic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, respect and positive problem solving.6. Synergize
Up close with lizards at the Ontario Science Centre’sreptile exhibit
7. Sharpen the Saw Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. Source: 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens, 1998
Learning about Space!
Water-balloon toss at Centre Island
Proud prize winners at Canada’s Wonderland
Enjoying Life
Learning about Music!
Relayrace at University of Toronto’s Varsity Track
Volleyball at Centennial Park
Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. Get the best performance out of a group of people through encouraging meaningful contribution, and modeling inspirational and supportive leadership
Once a week our campers g on a trip to exciting places in and around the City of Toronto. This year we went to places such as the Ontario Science Centre, Canada’s Wonderland,the Royal Ontario Museum, the University of Toronto- Varsity Sports Field, Bowling, Centre Island as well as additional weekly trips to local parks and libraries.
This camp is amazing and has taught the children so much. They have learned how to paint water-colour, how to bowl, how to do African drumming, how to work as a team and how to have fun. Working with the arts group has taught me a lot as well. I love to watch the kids bond, develop friendships and break out of their shells. I watched them flower and change from being shy to social. I have seen them smile for a program in which I helped to plan and that makes me feel good. I love when the kids repeatedly ask me to come back next year. I also enjoy learning alongside the kids. The kids always tell me they are definitely coming back next year because they had so much fun. A remarkable moment was when our group came up with a very simple art project to make origami bunnies. I thought it might have been too childish but they all loved it. They decorated for hours. I loved seeing them enjoying it. One of the best days was on the hottest day of the summer, we had a water fight. The kids were laughing and throwing water at us. Every single kid was smiling and wanted to participate. We all came together and enjoyed the time. I would do this again in a heartbeat. -Erin Maitland, Blessed Mother Teresa Camp
Footsteps to Success is a camp that offers a variety of activities. With choices of sports, arts and leadership, this allows youth to have a productive and fulfilling summer. Footsteps To Success teaches the theme of community, as well as, incorporating it in all activities. -Matilda and Crystal, Father Henry Carr Camp
The program is great for both children and the staff because we are able to work together. The kids are awesome and have lots of fun with the other children and staff. I am grateful that I had the privilege of working with these kids and other staff members over the past six weeks and I hope that the kids continue to grow and always remember me because I will always remember them. My summer experience as a camp leader has been a great success and I enjoyed it a lot. I hope many of the kids do decide to come back next year and take part in the camp because it’s a great way to have fun, connect with other children and learn something. In all, I thought the organization did an amazing job putting this together for the children. I enjoyed being part of such a wonderful group of staff and meeting some very intelligent and unique children. --Lasharra Anderson, Father Henry Carr Camp
I had a really good experience at this camp. I was pushed to understand the workplace at different levels. I learned what helps make a workplace flourish and grow and what can make it wither and decay. I also learned a lot about myself through situations and my responses. I am happy that I got the chance to experience this environment and the kids. It helped me understand myself better and also I came across a lot of different personalities that pushed me out of my comfort zone. I believe through this job and this experience I have grown as a worker and as an individual. -- Sewa , Father Henry Carr Camp
CAMPER REFLECTION This camp has taught me how to cooperate and how to handle issues. Now that I’m going into grade six and from what I’ve learned, I think I’ll have a better year. In this camp there are many role models that set good examples not only for me but others too. Out of this entire camp, I’m in leadership. In leadership you learn how to be a leader. I think I’m starting to be one! I am a leader now and I know itKatherina G. ( Grade 6 Camper Participant)
Upcoming Events: Still accepting fall applications for Priority School Initiative (PSI) programs: Jean Vanier C.S.S. St. Teresa C.S. St. Jane Frances C.S. Father Henry Carr C.S.S. Msgr. Fraser (Northwest Our Lady of Lourdes C.S. campus) St. Luigi C.S. Blessed John XXIII C.S. St. Josaphat C.S. St. Charles Garnier C.S. Archbishop Romero C.S.S. Blessed Mother Teresa C.S.S. Chaminade College James Cardinal McGuigan C.S.S. St. Thomas Aquinas C.S. St. Mary C.S. Francis Libermann C.S.S. St. Dunstan C.S. St. Dorothy C.S. St. Barbara C.S. St. Boniface C.S. St. Augustine C.S. St. Patrick C.S.S.
Look out for these exciting events!December - Toy DriveMarch- Peacemakers March Madness Basketball TournamentApril- Accepting Summer Permits Applications
To Register for Summer 2012
 Last Word
A Word from the Camp Coordinator First, I would like to thank our amazing staff and gracious partners. Together we made the second year of the Footsteps to Success a resounding success. This summer, 2011, we were able to provide quality programming and mentorship to over 300 youth free of charge! Parents have been able to build ties to their neighbourhood, while youth have been given opportunities to continue receiving mentorship and an excellent camp experience. The TCDSB is proud of our community partners and organizations who share in our philosophy to educate children. Footsteps to Success has been the catalyst for long term community engagement and that is exactly what we have accomplished this summer. This year, we have far surpassed our expectations of the program and look forward to bigger and brighter expectations for 2012. -Andre Fullerton, Supervisor of Community Outreach
S ecial Thanks!Community Outreach team Elona Khoyetsian Narmie Kandiah Ruth Tecle Site Supervisors Blessed Mother Teresa Camp Tanya Vieira Father Henry Carr Camp Stephen Patel Program Coordinators Eleonora Esposito Shannon Taffe Focus on Youth Team Bill Jesty Ashisha Persaud Alessandra Sistilli Administration Angela Dimondo Marisa Nunno Lusia Luk Joseph Noble Louise Iaconis Annette Rizzi-Costa
Partners Malvern Family Resource Centre: Veneise George Denise Williams Bhumika Patel Community MicroSkills : Michelle Tinker Sarah Woods Minhaz Rahman Denisha Lowe Motion Ball Sports : Chris Campbell Jamal Senior Toronto Community Housing : Mike Morgan Jamill Kazzazi Toronto Basketball Association Kirk Mark Coach Mike Germiquet NIA Centre for the Arts Letecia Rose
Director of Education Ann Perron
Guests TCDSB-Student Leadership: Michael Consul Greg Rogers Equity in Action: Carol Soper Money Smarts Richard Rainford African Drumming: Popcorn Socasize: Felicia Francis Dusk Dances: Tamala Matthews Greenroots: Racquel Nelson Toronto Public Health Protech Media Centre Congratulations!! Dr.Danielle Hyles-Rainford
Chair of the Board Ann Andrachuck