Spelling Bee Program and Sponsors

We’d like to thank our “Bumble Bee” sponsors for supporting the South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council and their chosen team at this years spelling bee.

The BuzzBees, sponsored by Elizabeth Hahn
Re/MAX/BeeMaxs, sponsored by Hatten Home Hardware Building Centre
Meridian, sponsored by Meridian Credit Union
So-fish-ticated Ladies, sponsored by Germania Mutual Insurance

See the full program.

You can still show your support by coming out to the 519 Table and Pour in Walkerton tonight, Thursday 22, at 6:30pm, and cheering the teams on (as well as voting for the Best Name or Best Dressed teams).


The 5th annual Great Grey-Bruce Grown-up Spelling Bee for
Adult Teams is back!

January 27th is Family Literacy Day across Canada, and mayors and councils in South Grey Bruce made it official again this year, with proclamations at recent or upcoming Council meetings. The South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council will mark Family Literacy Day – and raise funds for its programs – through its fifth annual Great Grey-Bruce Spelling Bee for Adult Teams on Thursday, February 22nd, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at 519 Table&Pour, 972 Old Durham Road. Walkerton, On (519-507-7687 (POUR) for reservations) (snow date Thursday, March 2nd, same time and location).

In years past up to 14 teams duked it out – Last year, The Buzzbees, a bodacious group from the Durham/Markdale area, walked away as Queen Bees, complete with medals. The Spelling Baes, another of the 10 teams who competed, claimed the Most Room for Improvement award. Word Nerd (no relation to past winners Word Nerds) got Best Costume and the G-Spot Spoilers got Best Name and Best Spirit. Who will take top prize this year?

This is a wonderful evening out for those in government, service, media and social clubs and organizations — or a group of friends, members of a book club, Scrabble fans… anyone who uses words and enjoys them. It’s a great chance to earn bragging rights and raise funds for the South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council and its programs to help kids struggling with reading, writing and math skills. No stellar spellers required– it’s a team effort, and all teams need quarterbacks, too!

Entry is $25 per person. Entry forms are available below or by calling 519.364.0008.

Those who shy away from competition can still support Youth Literacy at the Bee with sponsorships, from Busy Bee to the Bees’ Knees – which gives the sponsored team a competitive advantage depending on the sponsorship level. Stress Bee-lief coupons include Re-buzzes, where teams buy their way back in after potential elimination; Buzz-offs, to discard a word that’s too hard; or Stingers, that allow teams to send a stinky word to an opposing team.

Those who join the fun at 519 on February 22nd can also vote for best team name or costume – at a toonie a vote, ballot box stuffing is not only allowed, it’s encouraged! Supporters can also help teams buy their way back in after elimination..

Every dollar counts towards helping kids and youth, with a focus on fun. For more information:

www.sgbyouthliteracy.org, or Youth Literacy’s Facebook page, or contact the Literacy Council at

Team Entry Form
Sponsor Registration Form
Adult Spelling Bee Rules

Essay Competition for Students

We’re pleased to announce an Interview and Essay Competition for youth. If you’re a student in Grades 7-12, interview someone 60+ and create an essay on the theme “My Childhood Home”.

Junior category (ages 12-15)           500 – 750 words
Senior category (15+1 day – 18)   750 – 1000 words

$100 Cash Prize for the top entrant in each of the two categories.

“My Childhood Home” essay contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hanover.

There’s more information on the poster below or contact info@sgbyouthliteracy.org or 519.364.0008.

Entry Forms and Contest Rules:

Entry Form

Literacy On Its Feet Fall Program Full!

Our fall drama workshop program is now full. We are accepting names for our waitlist. Led by local performer Jenny Parsons, sessions begin on Thursday, October 5th, 4 pm. No cost. Thanks to all registrants – see you then!

To find out more about this program, please see the LOIF Information Sheet and also the Application Form For Participants if you’d like to be added to the waitlist. We’re also accepting submissions for Adult Leaders and Teen Volunteers to assist at these workshops.