Spelling Bee of Canada returns in person to celebrate its 35th National Championship at the Toronto Reference Library 

Regional Winners Announced

Toronto, Ontario, May 17, 2022 – Spelling Bee of Canada is back this year for its first in-person championship competition since 2019. Following a series of virtual competitions which have taken place coast-to-coast across Canada, 14 regional finalists per age category have made it through and are set to compete at the annual championship next month.

Spelling Bee of Canada’s 35th Annual Championship will take place in-person on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Beeton Hall in the Toronto Reference Library, downtown Toronto. The event will be live-streamed on CBC Sports at 10:00 am ET. 

“It’s so exciting to be back in person again just in time for our 35th anniversary!” says Julie Spence, Founder of Spelling Bee of Canada. “When I started this national championship, I was driven by a passion for literacy, and it’s so gratifying seeing that catch up on the lives of these young people. This year is sure to be a fantastic competition with many courageous competitors from across the country.” 

Spelling Bee of Canada organizes a variety of competitions and programming aimed at children between 6-14 years of age. The participants are placed into one of three categories: Primary age 6 to 8, Junior age 9 to 11 or, Intermediate age 12 to 14, to vie for cash, trophies and prizes.  


Full list of Regional Winners. Let’s cheer them on as it took a lot to get to this stage!



  • Rabita Rida (Age 8; Halifax, NS) - Primary
  • Austin He (Age 11; Quispamsis, NB) - Junior
  • Ryaan Khan (Age 14; Bedford, NS) - Intermediate


British Columbia

  • Amarbir Dhaliwal (Age 9; Langley, BC) - Primary
  • Parnavdeep Singh Kundi (Age 11; Vancouver, BC) - Junior
  • Ramsy Ze Lin Yu (Age 14; Vancouver, BC) - Intermediate


Central East Ontario #1 - Toronto, North York & Etobicoke

  • Hanita Verma (Age 8; Kleinburg, ON) - Primary
  • Sahana Raman (Age 11; Scarborough, ON) - Junior
  • Kevin Baird (Age 13; Toronto, ON) - Intermediate


Central East Ontario #2 - Scarborough & Durham Region

  • Ayesha Kashan (Age 6; Scarborough, ON) - Primary
  • Ananya Parthasarathy (Age 12; Ajax, ON) - Junior
  • Fawaz Syed (Age 14; Whitby, ON) - Intermediate


Central West Ontario #1 - Brampton 1

  • Tanvi Kanekar (Age 8; Brampton, ON) - Primary
  • Anjney Gupta (Age 11; Brampton, ON) - Junior
  • Jinay Desai (Age 14; Brampton, ON) - Intermediate


Central West Ontario #2 - Mississauga

  • Natasha Thomas (Age 8; Mississauga, ON) - Primary
  • Ahaan Sah (Age 11; Mississauga, ON) - Junior
  • Jerry Fang (Age 14; Mississauga, ON) - Intermediate


Central West Ontario #3 - Brampton 2

  • Muhammad Fawaz Hassan (Age 8; Brampton, ON) - Primary 
  • Anomioghene Medu (Age 11; Brampton, ON) - Junior
  • Gurseerat Labana (Age 13; Brampton, ON) - Intermediate


Central West Ontario #4 - Simcoe County & York Region

  • Saina Damerashetti (Age 8; Markham, ON) - Primary
  • Kavya Senthil (Age 10; Markham, ON) - Junior
  • Krishiv Shah (Age 14; Markham, ON) - Intermediate


Northern & Eastern Ontario 

  • Aarick Hiremath (Age 7; Ottawa, ON) - Primary
  • Sophia Mathew (Age 9; Sudbury, ON) - Junior
  • Tristan Scarlett (Age 14; Ottawa, ON) - Intermediate


Prairies #1 - Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Saskatchewan First Nations

  • Anhad Singh (Age 8; Edmonton, AB) - Primary
  • Sarah Lahlal (Age 10; Edmonton, AB) - Junior
  • Rebha Badhan (Age 14; Edmonton, AB) - Intermediate


Prairies #2 - Wood Buffalo Region

  • Navindu Pathirana (Age 8; Fort McMurray, AB) - Primary
  • Hiba Ali (Age 11; Fort McMurray, AB) - Junior
  • Ali Usman (Age 13; Fort McMurray, AB) - Intermediate



  • David Boulais (Age 9; Kirkland, QC) - Primary
  • Myriam Tardif (Age 12; Saint Lambert, QC) - Junior
  • Saatej Narapuram (Age 14; Brossard, QC) - Intermediate


South West Ontario #1 - London, Kitchener & Waterloo, Windsor

  • Advi Saptharishi (Age 7; London, ON) - Primary
  • Ethan Le (Age 11; Waterloo, ON) - Junior
  • Mehar Joneja (Age 14; Kitchener, ON) - Intermediate


South West Ontario #2 - Golden Horseshoe of Southern Ontario

  • Kiash Das (Age 6; Burlington, ON) - Primary
  • Aadit Banerjee (Age 10; Oakville, ON) - Junior
  • Yousuf Huq (Age 14; Niagara Falls, ON) - Intermediate


About Spelling Bee of Canada:

Spelling Bee of Canada (SBOC) is a registered not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing youth, parents, teachers, and the Indigenous community across the nation with the opportunity to participate in the education process and celebrate academic achievement.

Since 1987, over 70,000 children have participated in SBOC's annual spelling bee competitions across Canada, providing a positive opportunity to improve their English language, spelling, comprehension, and communication skills.


Our Mission:

Our goal is to expand our participants' vocabulary, communication skills, and self-confidence, by providing a foundation for our future generation.

Every child that participates in the spelling bee program is a winner!


Media Contact:

Brianna Hurley, Sr. Publicity Director