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The Ontario Spelling Bee Provincial Championships will feature:


Junior Competition
Host: Joe Motiki
Co-host: Jeffrey Baer
Pronouncer: Mary Ito
Judge: Claudette Goddard
Resource: Carolyn Nelson, Francis Asiedu
Wordkeeper: Roxanne Wright
Rules: Ernest G. Tannis
Name Announcer: Thahseen Ali
Arbiter: Muneera Ali
Senior Competition
Host: Joe Motiki
Co-Host: Jeffrey Baer
Pronouncer: Tina Srebotnjak
Judge: Claudette Goddard
Resource: Meredith Winger, Francis Asiedu
Wordkeeper: Carolyn Nelson
Arbiter: Julie Spence
Rules Reader: Ernest G. Tannis
Name Announcer: Thahseen Ali
Arbiter: Muneera Ali

Guests:

The Honourable James K Bartleman - Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Andy Orchard – Professor of English and Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Bill Casselman – Author, "Canadian Words and Sayings"

BIOS

Mary Ito will be the Pronouncer for the Junior Championship.

Mary is the host of TVO's More 2 Life. Mary has had an extensive career in television and radio broadcasting, covering a variety of hosting and producing positions in Canada's top media market, Toronto.

Tina Srebotnjak is a broadcast journalist who worked for many years in both television and radio at the CBC. She is the former host of Imprint on TVOntario.

Tina will be the Pronouncer for the Senior Championship this year.

Joseph Motiki, born and raised in Toronto, graduated in 1995 from the Radio & Television Arts program at Ryerson Polytechnic University.

While an undergraduate at Ryerson, Joe became the host of What in 1994, a late-night phone-in program for youth on TVOntario. The show was nominated for a 1995 Gemini Award for Best Youth Program in Canada.

In March 1995, after What's critically-acclaimed run, Joe became co-host of The TVOKids Crawlspace, TVOntario's afterschool block of children's programs. During Joe's four years on the show, the Crawlspace became the number-one block of afterschool programming in Ontario, beating out YTV, CBC and Fox. During this time Joe made over two-hundred appearances at various children's events across Ontario.

Joe will take on the hosting duties for both the Junior and Senior Championships.