First place winners (in the local or district competition) from previous years are not eligible to participate.
Second place winners from previous years may enter the competition; they will not be eligible to receive any prize for second place but will still receive a certificate. They will receive a scholarship but no additional prize if they win first place.
Third place winners and students who have not yet won any prize from previous years are eligible to enter the competition again.
Scholarships are reserved for the district level of the competition. First place winners will receive a bursary. Additional prizes will also be awarded to all three levels of winners.
First time participants (out of town students) in the Optimist Competition may be allowed to attend the competition if their intention is to participate in the following year. If students want to only attend the second year but not participate, they are welcome to do so with the support of funding from their local school district.
If anyone (Lower Mainland students) only wishes to observe the Optimist Competition but does not wish to compete, and will also be present for lunch at the Optimist competition, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a separate list of these students/parents/adults to be included in our lunch count.
Visit our website to register. Print and fill out applicable forms
Signed DHHCW Consent forms (for students)
Official Optimist Participation Form (for participants)
Funding Form (if you are requesting funding)
Scan/email to email@example.com; emails are preferred if possible. Alternatively, you can fax your forms to 604.296-9063. Please call the office to confirm that we have received your forms if you have faxed them. For questions, call our office at 604.296-9062.
Yes. We will provide financial support to school district staff needing to accompany the student. Additional staff funding approval is determined on an individual basis. Submit the Funding Form for consideration.
The Outreach program is planning some activities for out-of-town students only (not local students) on Education Day. This will free up itinerant teachers to attend the Itinerant Conference being offered. If students are with an aide or interpreter, they would be expected to accompany the student for the day.
This depends on your situation. Some people like to book their own flights and then get reimbursed afterwards. They prefer to have control over when they fly, which airline, etc. Other people are flying with many students and do not want a huge charge on their credit card.
If you ask for funding support for your hotel, we will book it. You won't have a choice on your roommate; groupings are based on same-gender. The students will be grouped together in some rooms and the parents and educational staff will be grouped together in other rooms; adults will not be sharing rooms with students.
If you want your own room, then you can book and pay for the hotel yourself.
If you are seeking funding, all funding requests must be made through our POPDHH funding form
No, our event entrance fees are FREE. There may be costs in addition to traveling, food, etc. If any additional costs cannot be covered by your school district, then you can apply for limited funding support using our POPDHH funding form. Once approved, you will be reimbursed.
You can read all the rules on the Official Optimist Participation Form form (click here to obtain form). Detailed rules, judges' criteria, scorekeeping and other information can be downloaded from the Optimist website.
This year, Optimist has decided to hold its district level competition for scholarship prizes the weekend BEFORE our local competition in the USA. It is unlikely that our local winners will have the opportunity to compete at the district level this year.
Calculate the pure-tone average for the better ear, i.e. the ear in which the student has better hearing. The pure-tone average dB level is calculated by averaging the hearing thresholds from the student's audiogram at 500, 1000 and 2000 frequencies for that ear (add the numbers for those frequencies and divide by 3). If the result is 40 dB or greater, the student qualifies.