Edwin Addai Sarfo, a Georgian Business – Marketing student, wowed judges and claimed the top spot at the sixth annual VOICES competition held March 8 in Toronto. The public speaking competition, hosted by Seneca College, included participants from public relations, corporate communications, marketing and advertising programs at Seneca, Centennial, Humber and Georgian.
Given the theme “World in Reverse,” Addai Sarfo moved the judges with his speech titled White Slaves.
“Winning this competition gave me a lot more courage to push on and move forward with my career and do a lot more public speaking,” says Addai Sarfo.
Winning VOICES has become something of a Georgian College tradition. Last year’s top spot was taken by Georgian Advertising and Marketing Communications student Vishal Rose. Also competing on behalf of Georgian College at this year’s competition were Wesley Truax and Andrea Gomez.
Darnell Jones and Justin Hartman, both from Humber College, were also recognized by the judges for their creative speeches. Jones spoke about “A World We Share,” and Hartman spoke on “Vigilance is the Price of Liberty.”
The judging panel of VOICES 2017 consisted of Bob Stellick, President and CEO of Stellick Marketing Communications Inc.; Lisa Hodgins, Associate VP, Corporate and Public Affairs, TD Bank Group; Lisa Davis, Director of Marketing, Corporate Solutions, NASDAQ; Geoff Rowan, Communication Consultant, past Managing Director, Ketchum and EVP/GM of Weber-Standwick; and Cathy-Anne O’Brien, Co-founder and CEO, BlueSky Communications.