SOURCE: Seneca

March 11, 2015 08:00 ET

Do You Remember Your "First Time?"

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - March 11, 2015) - Seneca College students will be sharing their most memorable "first time" experience with Torontonians on the streets in Kensington Market on Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Rain, snow or shine, students will practice public speaking to prepare for VOICES, an annual inter-college public speaking competition that's set to happen on March 31, 2015.

The public speaking event will include topics surrounding politics, education, health, feminism, travel, sports and professional development. This event will have many photo opportunities. Students will use presentational aids including sports gear, fake blood and medical devices.

"Being a skilled public speaker is something that can help anyone advance their career in most industries," says Ana Maria Meneses, who will be speaking about her first time seeing snow when she moved to Canada nine years ago. "We're trying to show Torontonians that traditional channels of communication, like public speaking, are still relevant, even in the age of social media and digital communications."

The public-speaking session will feature students from Canada, Mali, Britain, Ukraine, Colombia, Belgium and Nigeria. Their "first time" experiences will include making an appearance on a Canadian TV show, being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition, hiking the Amazonian rainforest and participating in a rowing race.

"The students are really excited to use the skills they've learned in the classroom in a public space," says David Turnbull, a professor of public speaking at Seneca College. "I think the vibrant setting of Kensington Market is the best space to share their stories."

Students are set to deliver their speeches at 5 Bellevue Ave. They will begin at the Augusta Ave. entrance of Bellevue Square and will gradually move further north on Augusta Ave. towards College St.

With campuses in the Greater Toronto Area and in Peterborough, Seneca College offers renowned degrees, diplomas and certificates that are respected by employers. Combining the highest academic standards with practical, hands-on learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensures Seneca College graduates are career-ready.

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