Before all these exciting events got rolling, we began with the opening ceremony. Yuanling and a few speakers (including myself) spoke a few words, when we shared our diverse experiences with CITL.
|Maurice Smith, Donor|
|Bob Armstrong, Donor|
|Eunice, Humberwood Branch|
Finally, after the opening ceremony, the highly anticipated tournament got underway. There were three sections: Under Grade 3, Under Grade 6, and Open. The kids had fun and were also competitive for the prizes.
This year, the festival was held on June 30th, the birthday of one of our most supportive donors - Todd Southam. The Southam family had generously donated about two dozen of Todd's trophies at the beginning of CITL's founding months, knowing that Todd, a Canadian chess star who had expectedly passed away many years ago, would have wanted to contribute to the program. For the past two CITL Annual Festivals, all the individual trophies were that of Todd's and thus named the "Todd Southam Award". Although all of Todd's original trophies have already been redistributed to each and every corner of the city (the individual winners of the previous 2 Annual Festivals), we continue to name our individual trophies this year after Todd. It was perhaps a coincidence that the festival was held on Todd's birthday; it was perhaps also fate at its work. Nonetheless, it was a perfect occasion to celebrate not only Todd's achievements in the chess world, but also his endless contributions to the community. Todd's name do not only appear on CITL's trophies - it will forever be engraved in our hearts.
There were chess jokes posted on the wall. They were hilarious, and I laughed out loud on several of them. Thank you WFM Hazel Smith who dedicated her time to do these artistic and creative CITL jokes!
One of my favorites is the following:
Hahaha.That was funny but so accurate. Playing chess at CITL does make the kids brighter. Solving chess puzzles does too. That’s why there were also puzzles posted up the wall as well. The puzzles were for kids who finish their rounds early.
Of course, there was also a giant chess board where kids can play with life sized pieces.
The 2012-2013 executives were later presented. Our CITL executives are as follows:
President: Vivek Chachcha
Vice-President: Kevin Wu
Treasurer: Mike Ivanov
Communications Officer: Stefan Laculeanu
Webmaster: Jesse Feng
Outreach Coordinator: Tina Fang
Media Coordinator: Jessica Cao
I’m sure that we will do a great job next year, even though it is going to be different without Yuanling. After all, she is the founder of CITL and has done an absolutely amazing job for the past three years.
This video is dedicated to all the amazing volunteers at CITL.
We have celebrated CITL with the most successful CITL festival yet. Thank you all for your continuing support of the program and the festival.
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Until next time,
CITL Outreach Coordinator