Healing the World with Optimism

Young people speaking out, in competition for great scholarships.

Here’s your chance to practice (and to win great prizes like cash and scholarships!) This event will be held in an entirely virtual format to respect social physical distancing. It will be on March 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm via ZOOM.

Healing the World with Optimism


Youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2020 not enrolled in post secondary education. There is no minimum age.

Tuesday March 23, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Students will prepare a 4-5 minute speech on the topic. Strict rules apply to make the competition fair for all contestants. At the club level, judges from the community use the marking scheme published by Optimist International to score points for the best speaker. The winner will move on to higher level competition with additional prizes.

For an application and complete contest rules, please click here.

Prizes: Club Level:

$300 – 1st Place PLUS the chance to advance to the next levels where you could win a $2,500 Scholarship
$200 – 2nd Place
$100 – 3rd Place

Zone Level: (only one contest)


District Level: (only one contest)

1st Place – $2,500 Scholarship
2nd Place – $1,500 Scholarship
3rd Place – $1,000 Scholarship

International Level: (only one contest)

The first Optimist Oratorical World Championships was June 2017. Each Optimist District will have the exciting opportunity to send one of their District Oratorical winners to St. Louis to compete with the winners of the Districts in their Region for a scholarship valued at $5000 or more. The winner of each Region (eight winners total) will compete with the winner from St. Louis University’s Global Region for a $15,000, $10,000 or $5,000, World Championship scholarship. There is the potential for a student to win $22,500 or more in scholarships!

How to Enter:

1. Read contest rules and fill out the registration form
2. Secure your spot* by emailing BrooklinOratoricalContest@gmail.com with the filled in registration form
3. Prepare a 4-5 minute speech on the topic of, “Healing the World with Optimism
*Pre-registration is required by March 17, 2021

Key Dates:

Preregister by March 17, 2021
Contest date: March 23, 2021

Contact Info:

Email: brooklinoratoricalcontest@gmail.com

Santa’s Christmas Cavalcade

Sunday December 20th 3:30-4:30 PM

A Holiday Drive around thru the streets of Brooklin.

The Optimist Club and community partners will drive and lead the way for Santa & Mrs. Claus. Our hope is that families wishing to celebrate will join us with waves and cheer, as it will be a magical time for our community. We will be asking families to enjoy safely from their home – porches, balconies and driveways and for everyone to practice COVID 19 safety protocols; maintaining 6 feet apart or wearing face masks.

Find a safe space along the route to watch from the comfort of your front porch or park your car at a school or community centre parking area where there is lots of space for distancing. The procession will move slow enough for your to get a glimpse of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Thank you to the community partners who are helping make this possible
4Cats Arts Studio Whitby, Andreas’ Camp-In, Brooklin Town Crier, Brooklin Tree Care, Caremongers Whitby, The Crooked Uncle, De Bartolo-Morgan Law, Dj Mike Harding, Denise Aston, Insurance/Financial Advisor, Denise Laframboise – Mortgage Broker, F45 Training Brooklin, Gum Tree Cabinets, Gus Brown Buick GMC Ltd. – Whitby, Hometown Sisters Real Estate, Ideal Health & Weight Loss, JointAction Physiotherapy & Wellness Centre, Killerfit Performance Academy, Kirner’s Kookies, MP Ryan Turnbull, McDougall Insurance & Financial, Mike Hayes and Carl Renwick from RBC Royal Bank of Canada, Peak Health and Wellness, Steph and Elle Real Estate, Tedford Homes Real Estate Team, Ten Spot Oshawa, The Whitby Soap Company, Winchester Golf Club, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING.

Brooklin Optimist Winter e-Sports League

Among Us, League of Legends, Valorant, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


We are hosting weekly league and fun play in a variety of games; Among Us, League of Legends, Valorant, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. You can register by going to our Discord Server and joining! Be sure to acknowledge the game(s) you are interested in and we will get you set up with matches. We will finish off the season with a tournament!

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Nine dates set up from Saturday Dec 5th, 2020 – January 30th, 2021

Sessions run 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET (3 hours)

4th Annual Coat Drive

Help us keep the community warm this winter.

  1. Go through closets
    • Have your kids outgrown last year’s WINTER coat?
    • Is it gently used, clean and wearable?
  2. DO you have, . . .
    • Sizes 0-16 or adult small winter coats
    • Hats, mitts, snow pants (no holes PLEASE)
    • Winter clothing
  3. Drop it off by Nov.15!
    • Drop it off at #1 Fabrizio Court in Brooklin
    • There is a big bin on the porch
    • Oct. 28-Nov 15
  4. Donation Day! November 16!
    • We will bring donations to the Durham CAS
    • Children will be warm this winter!

In 4 easy steps we can help keep children warm this winter!

We are collecting: gently used new baby, toddler, youth and young adult coast; good condition snow pants; good condition hats / mitts / boots; winter clothing


Optimist Effie Coughlan: effiecouglan@gmail.com

Donation will go to the DURHAM CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY

Optimist Club of Brooklin banner

Virtual Halloween Cele”BOO”tion

The Optimist Club of Brooklin‘s Virtual Halloween Cele”BOO”tion

Who’s invited? Everyone! Let’s celebrate this free, fun and safe Halloween event together .

Share your photos to win great prizes for best costume, home décor, and pumpkin carving.

Winners will be selected based on judging from Members of the Optimist Club of Brooklin.Come back every day to see fun ideas, games and help us count down to Halloween together.

Prizes for:
🏚 Best Decorated Home 🦇

🎃 Best Pumpkin Carving 🎃

🧛🧛‍♀️🧛‍♂️ Best Family Costume

🙀 Best Pet Costume 🐶

🤡 Best Costume 0-36 months old 🤖

👩🏽‍🚀 Best Costume 3-7 years old👨‍🚒

🧙 Best Costume 8-12 years old 🧙

🧟‍♀️ Best Costume 13-18 years old 🧟‍♂️

Winners will be selected based on judging from Members of the Optimist Club of Brooklin.

Come back every day to see fun ideas, games and help us count down to Halloween together.


Virtual New Members Welcome Social Event with guest speaker Jenny McKee from Creating Inspiration

Our members meeting on Wednesday Oct 28 at 7:30pm will be our first Virtual New Members Welcome Social event!

Come out to learn more about the upcoming virtual events we have planned for youth in our community and for a fun evening with fellow optimists! 

This year we have an exceptional guest speaker: Jenny McKee from Creating Inspiration! Jenny will lead us on an interactive discussion and activity designed to connect us to our “Why” and inspire us to move forward as a community.  

What you need to do:

  1. Register for the event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpduispzMsH9HrxI2uMVIlKPFnr8Nk73ih
  2. Make sure you have a drink of your choice (coffee, tea, water, wine, beer, a cocktail even!)
  3. Get ready to share and spread positivity! 
  4. Get ready to be inspired by Jenny!

Agenda for the meeting/event: 

7:30  Login to Zoom Call

7:35 – 7:40: Welcome

7:40 – 7:45: Club overview and vision for the year

7:45: Updates on current projects

  • Brian – New Rainbow Warriors Optimist Club 
  • Bill – Online Gaming Event
  • Denise A and Grace – Virtual Halloween Event
  • Effie – Coat Drive
  • Nelly – Essay and Oratorical events

8 – 8:20 Break out room sessions/ Team Building component: 

8:20 – 8:50 Jenny McKee Presents 

8:50 – 9:00 Closing comments:

Summer Camp Cancelled for 2020

Due to the COVID pandemic, we have been unable to get funding for Summer Camp staff from the Federal government. Unfortunately, our camp depends on wage subsidies.

Watch for our return in 2021 with full program and summer employment for students.

2020 Bursaries application closes May 30th

Students living in Brooklin Area (North Ward Whitby) are invited to apply for one of two $1000 scholarships to continuing education.

Student must be entering their 1st year in fall 2020, or currently enrolled in full time study in a post-secondary or trades program.

Preference given to those who volunteer in the community of Brooklin/Whitby Proof of acceptance into either a post secondary or trades program must be provided upon being awarded the scholarship

Application form: REGISTER HERE