At this year’s Ontario-Manitoba University Students Chinese Proficiency Competition, Hannah Gardiner and Daniel Afzal, students in Renison’s Culture and Language Studies department, won the First Prize and Excellency Award respectively.
Gardiner received the highest score of the fourteen competitors from six universities for both her speech "One World One Family" and her musical performance of a classical piece of Chinese music "Farewell”. Afzal won the Excellency Award with his speech of the same title and his singing of a popular Chinese song “How Are You My Friend”.
Since 2007, the Confucius Institute in Waterloo has organized UWaterloo students to participate in the annual provincial contest on eight occasions. UWaterloo students have brought home first prize six times, second prize three times, and three Excellency Awards, thanks to the great effort made by all our Chinese language teachers at Renison.
Yan Li, Director of Confucius Institute in Waterloo remarked that "Gardiner's speech was delivered in perfect Mandarin and her singing brought in the audience a deep feeling about friendship and love."
This summer, Hannah Gardiner will represent Canada (and Renison!) to take part in the World Chinese Bridge Contest in China. Let’s hope she will also win honor on the world stage as our candidates did in 2008 and 2017.