Brain Power November Newsletter
November 2021
This month's newsletter includes:
  • Student News: Brain Power Public Speaking students win at Suit-Up event, Zoe Kagan selected for Soul Pepper Theatre, and more!
  • Alumni News: Evan Woo elected as TDSB trustee
  • Staff News: Dr. Karine Rashkovsky featured in AlumBuzz Magazine
  • Field Trips: Brain Power students visit Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  • Check Out Our Fall Workshops: Scientific Research and Critical Thinking
  • Fall/Winter Registration: In-class and online options! Reserve your spot - many classes are full and near-full, so don't miss out!
  • Brain Power Opens Second Location: We will be offering in-person classes in Hamilton at McMaster Innovation Park in Winter 2022!
  • Student Opportunities: contests, competitions, workshops
  • Alumni of the Month
  • ...and more! 
Brain Power Opens SECOND Location
in Hamilton at McMaster Innovation Park

Brain Power is excited to announce that we will be offering classes in Hamilton at McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) for Winter 2022 (January to June). MIP is “Canada’s premier research and innovation park.

We will be offering a range of in-person courses and workshops in Language ArtsMath, and Public Speaking (ranging from 4 to 21 lessons in length). 

See our article in The Hamilton Spectator: CLICK HERE! 


If you refer a friend to our Hamilton location, you can get a discount on your fee payment (whether you are enrolled in Vaughan or Hamilton).

Refer a friend and get $50 off! 
Refer two friends and $100 off!
Refer three friends and get $150 off!
Refer four friends and get $200 off!
Refer five friends and get $250 off!

Registration for January-June classes is on NOW!

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Brain Power at Christmas in the City
at McMaster Innovation Park (Hamilton)
On November 20, Brain Power will be a vendor at McMaster Innovation Park’s “Christmas in the City” event in Hamilton! We will be selling Brain Power merchandise, having Christmas giveaways, and running brain-teaser stations with prizes! 
There will be a meet-and-greet with families who want to say hello to us in person! All proceeds from tickets and vendor fees will go towards St. Joseph's Healthcare to support palliative care in our community.

If you are in Hamilton,
Brian Power Public Speaking Students Win
SuitUp Business Pitch Competition!

This month Brain Power participated in the SuitUp Business Pitch Competition! Our students were invited to be "CEO's" for one week, tasked with designing a new product for Plaid. They worked in small teams and then pitched their final ideas in a formal presentation to actual top executives of the company! What an exciting opportunity!

The Brain Power team consisting of Chloe Philip, Aidan Mao, Laksh Boyinepally, Aleesha Naha, Ava Wong, Ryan Shao, Claire Li, Kalene Wu, Thomas Bonifacio, and Leon Gaikovoi won the challenge for their proposal for their app, MoneyUp.

Brain Power's Public Speaking program gives students real-life opportunities!

In addition to our full-year classes at our Vaughan location, we also have four-lesson workshops coming up at both our Vaughan location and our new Hamilton location!

Contact us at

Public Speaking Student Zoe Kagan
Selected for Soul Pepper Theatre!
Brain Power Public Speaking student Zoe Kagan was selected from many applicants for Toronto's competitive Soulpepper Curtain Up Program. 

Many students applied to be mentored by Toronto's top performance artists and educators, and Zoe was chosen!


Brain Power Public Speaking Students
Take the Stage to Give their First Speeches
Recently, our junior public speaking students took the stage with their first formally prepared and delivered speeches of the year.

They implemented many newly-learned skills: vocal control, body language, microphone usage, starting with a hook, including storytelling and humour, and so much more!

The speeches were amazing: eloquent, passionate, heartwarming, and also quite amusing!

In addition to our full-year classes at our Vaughan location, we also have four-lesson workshops coming up at both our Vaughan location and our new Hamilton location!
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Brain Power Alumnus Evan Woo
Selected as TDSB Student Trustee
Brain Power alumnus Evan Woo has been selected as a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Student Trustee! 

As a TDSB Student Trustee, Evan builds a bridge between the over 250,000 TDSB students and TDSB trustees and staff. He meets regularly with students, trustees, and staff to discuss issues and concerns, plan board-wide initiatives, foster student leadership, and facilitate communication between the TDSB Boardroom and all students.

Entrance Exam Preparation Students
Take Virtual Tour of the

Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Brain Power's Entrance Exam Preparation students had a virtual tour of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.  This was a great opportunity for students to increase their worldliness to increase their worldliness and give them an edge in their entrance exams and for future interviews!
Dr. Karine Rashkovsky Featured in
AlumBuzz Magazine!
Brain Power's Founder and Director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, was featured in the September 2021 issue of AlumBuzz magazine! 

AlumBuzz is the first magazine of
AlumNav -- a federally registered non-profit organization -- and it is distributed in high schools across Canada!

To see the issue: CLICK HERE!
(Karine's article is on pages 46-49 of the September 2021 issue.)
Join Us for this Amazing Fall Workshop!
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
New Newsletter from Scientia Initiative -
a Science Youth Journal! A must-read!

Check out the latest newsletter from the Scientia initiative: CLICK HERE!

Brain Power instructor Maryam Mahjoob co-founded the Scientia Initiative with her peer, Amelia Yuan.

The Scientia Initiative was created to connect youth with current research findings in a variety of academic fields,


Alumni of the Month:
Andy Gong

Currently:  Engineering Science at the University of Toronto

Achievements: U of T President’s Scholar of Excellence ($15,000)

Thoughts on Brain Power: As a mathematics-minded person, Brain Power opened my eyes to a lot of ideas and concepts which helped me round out my view of the world around me. Whether it be historical schools of thought, the skills of public speaking, or the connections hidden between our everyday systems of thinking, I could always count on Brain Power to show me a new perspective. I’ve had an amazing time here, and I cannot thank the program and teachers enough for helping me on this journey.

To See More of Our Alumni - CLICK HERE!
Fall/Winter 2021-22
Registration is NOW on!
In-Person AND Virtual Classes Available!
Registration for our Fall/Winter 2021-22 session is NOW on!
In-person and virtual options are available - it's YOUR choice!

Check out our schedule of exciting offerings at the link below!

Please contact the office for in-person and online options
and more information:

Fall/Winter 2021-22 Schedule - CLICK HERE!
Contests & Opportunities
Applications for Shad 2022 end on December 6!

Shad Canada is a STEAM and entrepreneurship program for students in Grades 10 and 11.

The month-long program includes a real-world design challenge that asks students to work on issues such as food security, water management, and waste. This is an amazing resume-building experience that many Brain Power students have been accepted to. Please reach out to us if you would like any help or advice on the application!
For More Information on Shad - CLICK HERE!

The purpose of the In Focus art and writing contest is to “promote awareness of vision problems individuals in developing countries may face on a daily basis” and “encourage youth to express their creativity, individuality, and talents on a global level!"

AGES: 10-18
DEADLINE: November 20, 2021
For More Information - CLICK HERE!

Each year Polar Expressions holds two contests, which are open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. 

Poetry Deadline: November 26, 2021
Short-Story Deadline: December 3, 2021

For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Young Voices Magazine
Young Voices Magazine, Toronto Public Library's magazine of creative writing and visual art, is full of writing and art created and selected by Toronto youth age 12-19.

You can submit your art, photography, comics, stories, poems and writing.

Submissions are accepted year-round.
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
For More Information - CLICK HERE!
Meet Our AMAZING Staff!
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Brain Power Supports the
Saltfleet Stoney Creek Soccer Club and the Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club

Brain Power is proud to be a sponsor of Saltfleet Stoney Creek Soccer Club and the Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club!  

As ancient Greek philosopher Thales Miletus (620 BC) once wisely said: "mens sana in corpore sano" (though he said it in Greek, not Latin!) - a healthy mind in a healthy body.

At Brain Power we know that powerful brains work best in an active, healthy body - and we love supporting local community opportunities for youth to ensure they have just that!

We look forward to welcoming youth from Saltfleet Stoney Creek Soccer Club and Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club as Brain Power students in Hamilton @ McMaster Innovation Park starting January 2022! 

Special Holiday Gifts from
Sammy G's Personalized Gifts
This year our Brain Power staff are going to be getting some special holiday gifts thanks to Sammy G.! Sammy G's Personalized Gifts has been helping award-winning professionals and their families, spreading smiles around the world since 1998 with memorable luxury gifts.
Text/Call: 416-219-2931
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