FDT gives out 8 scholarships to talented Burnaby public school students

FDT gives out 8 scholarships to talented Burnaby public school students

In 2004, I made it to the finals of the Burnaby School District's Annual Grade 7 public speaking competition. I didn't win – but placing 2nd – still changed my life. It inspired in me a love of public speaking and sent me on a journey I am still on today as the owner of a speech and debate academy, and also as one of the hosts of the prestigious Miss World competition. Earlier this year, 14 years after I competed, I was invited to be a guest judge at the Burnaby District Finals. I saw the top 8 students in Burnaby, who had advanced to this final event after having excelled at their school and regional events. These kids were eloquent, intelligent, and inspiring. I was overwhelmed with their talent. A huge part of my life mission is to give back to young people in my community and around the world. Before the winner was announced, I decided to make a special announcement of my own. All 8 Finalists would win $3000 scholarships which would provide them with a full year of speech and debate coaching at FDT Academy! I am so honoured to give them an opportunity that I wasn’t given as a kid to help them one day become world champion speakers and debaters.

- Frankie Cena

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Star debater Rosa crosses the pond to study at Cambridge

Star debater Rosa crosses the pond to study at Cambridge

Most all of our graduating students have already began their first semesters at university. But did you know that universities in the UK start later? Just last week one of FDT’s brightest instructors and former students finally found herself at the university of her dreams.

Read our interview with Rosa Rahimi about why she choose to attend Cambridge University after a sterling record of debate success.

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FDT student to compete on Canada's Smartest Person Junior!

FDT student to compete on Canada's Smartest Person Junior!

Our very own Matthew Yu will be competing on this year’s Canada’s Smartest Person Junior, a televised competition where he will face off against 11 of the smartest youngsters from across the country! He follows in the footsteps of FDT Founder and CEO Frankie Cena who competed on the show in 2016. He is the youngest competitor on the show and the only one from Vancouver. Nevertheless we are sure he will make a big splash on the show.

The show will premiere on November 14th on CBC!

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Cathy Cena joins the FDT Team!

Cathy Cena joins the FDT Team!

We have some exciting news for you! Cathy Cena has joined FDT and will be working full time as the Business Development Manager. 

Cathy comes to us with a wealth of sales and business development experience from selling houses at the young age of 19, to selling rice. Always full of energy as a young lady who could never sit still, she started volunteering at the tender age of 12; that was the beginning of her giving back and now at the age of 47 she still continues to volunteer and contribute to a community she calls her home.  As a long time Port Moody resident, Cathy is an active community member and has established a great reputation among her peers and colleagues. She has served on numerous boards including Port Moody Arts Center, TCCTV, Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation Gala Committee, and Port Moody's Transportation Committee to mention a few. She is currently a talk show host for Tri-Cities Community TV's "Catching up with Cathy" show. As busy as she is, Cathy loves it when a great connection is made between companies or organizations and people; some call her the "people connector." S

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