Seneca College Corporate Communications Program

August 02, 2011 13:00 ET

Seneca College Students Ask, "Will the Future Thank Us or Blame Us?"

Public-Speaking Students Start a Dialogue With Mayor Ford to Build a Better Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2011) - Seneca College post-graduate students will present speeches by the Peace Garden in Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday, August 4 between 7 a.m. and noon. The students want to create a dialogue with Mayor Rob Ford and share their hopes and ideas for a better Toronto.

The speeches are the final assignment for the advanced public speaking course for Seneca's corporate communications program. The 23 speakers not only hope to inspire the mayor but also motivate the residents of Toronto to help build a better city.

The speeches will be between four and six minutes long, with topics that include "The Urban Hick: Bringing the sticks to the city," "Volunteerism as an answer to the debt crisis," and "The City with Legs: A walker's manifesto." Other students will touch on why Toronto needs more unions, encourage the city council to demolish municipal highways, and why raising taxes will improve Toronto's future by reaching social goals and growing the economy.

Students have learned to use a variety of speech techniques to help demonstrate their points, including the use of presentational aids, which on Thursday will range from picket signs to husking corn.

The speakers, who will graduate in two weeks, are prepared to enter the workforce with skills they have learned both inside and outside of the classroom. These budding public relations practitioners are enthusiastic about living in a city that allows them to speak freely on subjects that matter to them. They want to form a true dialogue that can kick-start the process of building the future Toronto.

"Although giving our speeches in the public is nerve-wracking," says Jessica Danziger-Lin, corporate communications student, "it's a very important learning experience that really prepares us for a future in today's workforce."

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