Press and Awards

Over the past 20 years Stand Up and Speak, along with their many graduates have been mentioned in the media and won many awards. It important to take a moment to celebrate accomplishments, all of which are listed below.

Media Mentions

Rogers Daytime TV

Watch as Stand Up and Speak founder LA Jakel is interviewed with Rogers Daytime TV.

Globe and Mail

LA Jakel joins the Globe and Mail to speaking on how online interviews can foster deeper connections with employers. 

Other Mentions

We’ve also been mentioned with Rogers Television, MuchMusic, CJML Radio, Daytime Live as well as many newspapers and magazines.

Awards

Our Graduates have done great things

Here’s a look at the accomplishments won by Stand Up and Speak and their graduates of varying programs. 

Overall Awards

  • Canadian Legion Provincial Winners
  • Canadian Legion Regional Winners
  • Lions Provincial Winners
  • Lions Regional Winners
  • Nora McRae – Provincial Finalists
  • Optimist Worlds Winners
  • Optimist Provincial Winners
  • Optimist Regional Winners
  • Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture Finalists
  • Top Quality Speaker Winners
  • Ican Impromptu Speaking Winners
  • Team Jaggi Quotation Winners
  • Brillyent Infomercial Winners
  • Itek Same Speech Winners

Student Accolades

  • 2022 Brillyent Impromptu Champion – 1st Place
  • 2022 TQR Speech Champion – 1st Place
  • 2022 ANVO Dual Impromptu Champions – 1st Place
  • 2022 Optimist Essay Regional Champion – 1st Place
  • 2022 Optimist Oratorical Regional Champion – 1st Place
  • 2022 Optimist Oratorical Provincial Champion – 1st Place
  • 2022 Optimist Oratorical World Champion Competitor
  • 2021 Itek Impromptu Champion – 1st Place
  • 2021 Brillyent Impromptu Champion – 1st Place
  • 2021 TQR Speech Champion – 1st Place
  • 2021 ANVO Dual Impromptu Champions – 1st Place
  • 2021 Optimist Essay Provincial Champion – 1st Place
  • 2021 Optimist Oratorical Regional Champion – 1st Place
  • 2021 Top Quality Speaker Champion
  • 2021 Ican Impromptu Speaking Champion – 1st Place
  • 2021 Team Jaggi Quotation Champion – 1st Place
  • 2021 Brillyent Infomercial Champion
  • 2021 Itek Same Speech Champion – 1st Place
  • 2021 Optimist Regional Champion – 1st Place
  • 2021 Optimist Essay Writing Champion – 1st Place
  • 2020 Optimist Regional Champion – 1st Place
  • 2020 Optimist Regional Champion – 2nd Place
  • 2020 Optimist Provincial Champion – 3rd Place
  • 2020 Canadian Legion Regional Champion – 1st Place (Intermediate)
  • 2020 Canadian Legion Regional Champion – 1st Place (Junior)
  • 2019 Optimist Regional Champion – 2nd Place
  • 2019 Lions Provincial Champion – 1st Place (Intermediate)
  • 2019 Lions Provincial Champion – 2nd Place (Junior)
  • 2019 Lions Regional Champion – 1st Place (Junior)
  • 2019 Legions Regional Champion – 1st Place (Intermediate)
  • 2019 Legions Regional Champion – 2nd Place (Senior)
  • 2019 Legions Regional Champion – 2nd Place (French)
  • 2019 Canadian Legion Regional Champion – 1st Place (Senior)
  • 2019 Canadian Legion Regional Champion – 1st Place (Intermediate)
  • 2019 Canadian Legion Regional Champion – 2nd Place (Junior)
  • 2018 – Optimist Oratorical World Champion Competitor
  • 2018 – Canadian Legion Provincial Champion (Senior) – 2nd Place
  • 2018 – Canadian Legion Provincial Champion (Primary) – 2nd Place
  • 2018 – Optimist Oratorical Provincial Champion – 1st Place
  • 2018 – Lion’s Provincial Champion (Junior) – 2nd Place
  • 2018 – Lion’s Regional Champion (Junior) – 1st Place
  • 2018 – Lion’s Regional Champion (Senior) – 1st Place
  • 2018 – Canadian Legion Regional Champion (Primary) – 1st Place
  • 2018 – Canadian Legion Regional Champion (Junior) – 1st Place
  • 2018 – Canadian Legion Regional Champion (Senior) – 1st Place
  • 2018 – Canadian Legion Regional Champion (Intermediate) – 2nd Place
  • 2017 – Optimist Oratorical World Champion Competitor
  • 2017 – Optimist Oratorical Provincial Champion – 1st Place
  • 2017 – Lion’s Provincial Champion (Junior) – 3rd Place
  • 2017 – Lion’s Regional Champion (Senior) – 3rd Place
  • 2017 – Canadian Legion Regional Champion (Primary) – 1st Place
  • 2017 – Canadian Legion Regional Champion (Junior) – 1st Place
  • 2017 – Canadian Legion Regional Champion (Intermediate) – 1st Place
  • 2017 – Canadian Legion Regional Champion (Senior) – 1st Place
  • 2016 – Lion’s Provincial Champion (Senior) – 1st Place
  • 2016 – Lions’ Provincial Champion (Intermediate) – 1st Place
  • 2016 – Canadian Legion Regional Champion (Primary) – 1st Place
  • 2016 – Canadian Legion Regional Champion (Intermediate) – 1st Place

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