Morgan Prince (centre back) was the first student to volunteer at the Fort Youth Council public speaking workshop. The young man gave one of a number of impressive off-the-cuff talks given by the council members. They worked on tips throughout the day with facilitator Vince Prince to build their skills and confidence.

Finding their voices – Fort St. James Youth Council members get public speaking training

Thirteen students on the Fort Youth Council were developing their voices last week.

Thirteen students on the Fort Youth Council were developing their voices last week.

The students were learning and practicing their public speaking skills with Vince Prince, executive director of aboriginal business development, who has had his share of public speaking engagements.

As each student spoke, Prince assured them they will never get over being nervous, but to “just accept it.”

The students were all very composed and handled themselves very well in front of their peers.

A few of the students were even natural comics, cracking jokes to lighten the mood as they gave short introductory talks about themselves.

Youth Coordinator Jana Gainor was impressed with the progress the students made over the course of the session.

“You should have seen them by the end, it was incredible,” said Gainor. “I was very proud of them.”


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