Essay Contest

High School Contest for $2500 Scholarship


The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live.

The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a cash prize at the club level (up to $500) and if successful at the club level to compete for a college scholarship at the district level of $2,500.

The Essay topic for the 2022-2023 year is:

“Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?

The contest is open to contestants under the age of 19 as of October 1st of the current Optimist International contest year (October 1 – September 30) and who have not yet completed secondary school or its equivalent, including CEGEP students in Québec, Canada. There is no minimum age. For full rules please download and submit the application form by the deadline.

How to Enter

Interested students should submit essays on the assigned topic to the Optimist Club of Brooklin. The essays are judged at the Club level and District level. For full rules please download and submit the application form by the deadline Feb 13, 2023 .


700-800 words (Title, footnotes and bibliography are not included in the final word count). Hyphenated words count as one (1) word. Words are to be counted manually.

Contact Monica Gibson for more details

Essay Application Form (PDF):


Oratorical Speaking Contest – youth

Opportunity for scholarship money from the Optimist International Oratorical Contest.

  • Date: Wednesday March 23rd, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Winner for the Club contest will be automatically entered into the next level Central Ontario District Oratorical Finals to be held in Newmarket on Saturday May 7, 2022. The district final offers up to $2,500 scholarship for the 1st place winner.

How to Enter:

1. Read contest rules and fill out the registration form
2. Secure your spot* by emailing with the filled in registration form
3. Prepare a 4-5 minute speech on the topic of, “Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times
*Pre-registration is required by March 18, 2022

Key Dates:

Preregister by March 18, 2022
Contest date: March 23, 2022

Contact Info:


Christmas Cavalcade 2021

🎅🏼 🚘 Santa and his friends will be driving around Brooklin. You get to stay home!

Sunday December 19, 2021 – 2:00 PM

🎅🏼🚘 Santa and his friends will be driving around Brooklin. You get to stay home!

Here is the Route MAP

Starts at Meadowcrest Public School (yellow star in picture) at 2:00PM and ends at Carnwith Dr E/ Baldwin St.

Leaving at 2:00PM from Meadowcrest Public School:
-right on Vipond Rd
-right on Darius Harnes Dr
-right on Carnwith Dr W
-right on Baldwin St
-left on Winchester Rd E
-right on Thomas
-left on Duggan
-left on Anderson/Watford
-right on Blackfriar
-left on Cachet
-left on Carnwith toward Baldwin St
End at Baldwin St.
Ho Ho Ho 

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 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:


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!

Connect via Facebook:

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:

Donation will go to the DURHAM CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY

Optimist Club of Brooklin banner